As reported in New Sabah Times....
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Police in anti-riot gear seeking
shelter from the heavy downpour at
the scene where Sabah flags were
5th April, 2009
LAHAD DATU: Police
have arrested 12 people including a man who
claimed to be a descendent of the Sultan of
Sulu, for burning our State flags yesterday.
District police chief Supt Md Suhaimi Abdul
Rahman said at about 8.40am, police received
information that a group of men had burned
six Sabah flags in front of the town’s
market and a supermarket.
He said some of the men were also seen
carrying yellow flags with a red insignia of
a lion on them.
By the time police reached the scene, the
men fled and the State flags were found
Suhaimi added that some of the men then were
seen running towards the district police
headquarters where they were promptly
arrested and being investigated for illegal
“We are still investigating the motive of
the incident but a 41-year-old man who was
said to be the group’s leader had also
claimed that he was a descendent of the
Sultan of Sulu,” Suhaimi added.
Those detained by the police were all males
aged between 14 and 41. More than 80 police
personnel were immediately deployed around
the town area following the incident.
Meanwhile, Lahad Datu assemblyman Datuk
Nasrun Datu Mansor said the incident was an
isolated one caused by individuals trying to
cause a disturbance in the town.
“This was nothing more than actions of some
irresponsible people,” he said. He added
that Lahad Datu residents had nothing to
worry as police had the security situation
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