A BID by an opposition backbencher to table a motion to debate the claim on Sabah by the Philippines was rejected here yesterday.
In tabling the motion, Likas assemblyman Datuk Liew Teck Chan said the issue needed to be resolved with help from the Federal Government.
State assembly Speaker Datuk Juhar Mahiruddin rejected the motion but agreed on two points: that it had the interest of the people and was deemed important.
Liew said a man who claimed to be an heir of the Sulu Sultanate and 11 others were held in Lahad Datu for burning the state flag recently.
“This incited anger among the people of Sabah.
“On top of that, there is also the issue of the large presence of illegal immigrants that has yet to be solved.”
Later, Liew said he was disappointed that his motion was rejected but added he would bring it up if he got the opportunity in the next three days.
“I was prepared to deliberate at length why the matter should be resolved urgently, especially when we have a fellow Sabahan holding the post of foreign minister in the cabinet,” he said, referring to Datuk Anifah Aman.