MPs to get briefing on Sulu claims from ministers at hotel

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The government will hold a closed-door briefing session at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur tonight for parliamentarians on claims over Petronas assets by the purported heirs of the Sulu sultanate.

While Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Azizan Harun had yesterday rejected calls for the Lower House to debate the matter, tonight’s briefing by three ministers will be held at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching and Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Foong Hin from DAP told the media that an invitation labelled “Confidential” had instructed them to gather at the Seri Pacific Hotel for the briefing by three ministers.

“Yesterday, all Opposition and Independent MPs received an invitation from the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. I can’t copy and share it with the media.

“I don’t know how an invitation can be confidential. It invited me to a closed-door briefing tonight during which three ministers will explain the issue of the claim by the heirs to the Sulu sultanate,” Teo said.

She explained that her party was asked to attend and that a question-and-answer session would also be held.

The three ministers are Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Legal Affairs), Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tunku Jaafar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economic Affairs), Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, and Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah.

Meanwhile, Chan said he still wanted the matter to be brought to Parliament for debate.

“As a Sabahan, it is important for the matter to be heard by all,” he said.