Ridzwan claims he does not know Jamalul Kiram
KUALA LUMPUR: Al-Ehsan Islamiah charity foundation president Datuk Seri Muhammad Ridzwan Sulaiman gave his statement at the Ampang Jaya police headquarters here at 11am Monday over the Lahad Datu incursion.
Speaking to reporters, Ridhwan said he did not know self-styled Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, the man behind the group of armed Sulu intruders who entered Sabah in February with the aim of reclaiming it.
However, Ridhwan admitted giving money to another claimant to the Sulu throne, Sultan Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram, in Jolo, Southern Philippines, whom he met on 15 and 16 Sept last year.
He however denied that Jamalul Kiram, who is believed to be the mastermind behind the armed intrusion, is the Sulu Sultan.
“I don’t know Jamalul Kiram,” he added.
Wearing a red traditional Malay costume with a turban, he arrived at the station about 11.05 this morning accompanied by more than 10 people.
Ridhwan was supposed to give his statement at the Dang Wangi police station but changed location at the last minute.
On Sunday, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said police was seeking for a “Datuk Seri’’ from Penang in connection with the intrusion.
He identified the man as Datuk Seri Muhammad Ridzwan Sulaiman who is from Georgetown in Penang.
He said Muhammad Ridzwan is believed to be the president of Pertubuhan Kebajikan Al-Ehsan Islamiah Malaysia (Al-Ehsan Islamiah).
He said police believe that the man was still in Malaysia and his last known address was at Weld in Georgetown.
He said police have yet to get more details on the identity of the man who is in his 50s.
Several other Malaysians were also investigated for funding the Sulu armed group that entered Kg Tanduo before security forces started action to flush them out on March 5.