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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The Sabah Incursion–just my thoughts

The incursion by the Sulu terrorists into Sabah is a culmination of socio-political complexities which were ignored due to post World War 2 socio-political order and convenience.

Firstly, we have an ancient Sultanate living in the 18th century, forgetting the fact that their forefathers have sold their sovereignty for self interest without nary a thought for the people which they claim to rule in exchange for what appeared to be big money then, but reduced to pittance in the 21st century. WE have a so-called Sultan who apparently rules his subjects from Manila, who speaks as if he's the most benevolent of rulers and who sent his subjects to a hopeless war from within the comfort of Metro Manila.


Secondly, we have a government of a State which is not really a State, who fails to control and impose laws and order on wide areas of the so-called State giving rise to vast areas whose people do not really recognise the State and her government.


Thirdly, we have this same State which is facing an election and the same Sultan running in the election in an opposition pact after having lost the last election with 800 votes. The leader of the opposition pact is now in a house arrest after being convicted for electoral fraud. The State's ancient and baseless claim for Sabah is an election issue which that opposition pact wishes to pursue and doubtlessly exploited in the name of nationalism and patriotism, however misguided and misplaced they may be.


Fourthly, at the home front, we have had leaders from both side of the fence who had courted this so-called Sultan and claimant to the Sultanate (at least there are five of them) before, all in the name of Malay-ness and Islam. Some of our citizens are even conferred Datukship by these feudal Sultan without a kingdom. This lends a semblance of recognition by our very own leaders of the Sultan and the Sultanate.


Fifthly, Malaysia cannot deny, no matter how loud Dr Mahathir shouts, that she has been a sympathiser of the Bangsa Moro's so-called fight for liberation. Now that very Bangsa Moro is coming back to haunt Malaysia for all her generosity in the past. In fact we were so pally pally with the Moros that in the 80s (or was it early 90s), when Nur Misuari's rebellion was crushed in the Philippines, our friend casually and nonchalantly landed in Sabah airport thinking we would welcome him as a guest. We however handcuffed him and sent him back to the Philippines to face his prosecutors.


Number six: Malaysia has always allowed the porous borders of the Sulu, Tawi-tawi and the surrounding islands with Sabah to be breached without a semblance of enforcement of our immigration laws. People go in and out of that area with absolute impunity from immigration laws on, not a daily basis, but hourly basis. That area is like a free trade zone where people would conduct their daily business even in rupiah and pesos. This episode shows that maintenance of laws and order is absolutely critical for internal security, no matter how difficult or petty it is.


#7: Project IC during DrM's time. Do I need to say more about this?


Perhaps it is time for all of us, the people of Malaysia, the government and the opposition alike, take laws and order seriously. Be like Singapore when it comes to enforcement of the laws. They even enforce the chewing gum law with the passion of an Israeli soldier in Gaza.


It is also time that our intelligence unit to be beefed up and to be aware of any strife or crisis in and surrounding us, no matter how minute it can be. The next time bomb, which we have to monitor is the Pattani issue, the Spratly islands which are claimed by Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, the Philippines and China etc etc.


International relationship, internal security and matters pertaining to the nation's security is like the stock market. A bomb explodes in Timbuktu and Apple's shares might come tumbling down. It is the same with our security. The Philippines are having an election and Sabah is invaded by armed terrorists. We just have to be aware of things, analyse each and every situation and events and see how they could affect us. People who do not analyse events often lose out in the stock market. We have to engage in battles on our own land because we were not sensitive enough to events surrounding us.

It is not too late for us to improve. A nation's achievement is not only measured from her success but also  from how she rises from a set-back and learn from it to take her to greater height.

My thoughts and prayer for all our brave men and women on the battle front. May God bless them, protect them and grant them strength and determination. Victory is always with the righteous. Malaysia berjaya!

8 comments:

Kuching Hitam said...

Extracted from MI:
Our "intelligence" officers have been caught napping or they hv been spending too much time spying on Malaysians instead. They must hv thought the internal "threat" is greater than the external threat to their political masters. Patronage to their masters hv now bred incompetence. Even the air strikes was directed at the wrong area. We hv become a laughing stock of the international community. Heads should roll by now...but will it?

2wheeler said...

Dear Art, what are your thoughts about the legal history of it all. My deepest concern is the future of Sabah. There are strong voices in the Phillipines side that the incursion is justified because Sabah belongs to them and the lease that Malaysia pays annually is actually null and void because of some legal malarkeys that you might know.

Kiru said...

A good article and point well taken, Art.

When I think of Lahad Datu, I can hear but two words echoing in the distance, NEVER AGAIN !....Never should we allow our forces to win a war on the fields of battle only to see that victory thrown away by our traitorous slackers who fail to uphold their duty and enforce the law especially when guarding our borders and selling our citizenship for monetary gain or political expediency. Needless to mention, the enemy is now well entrenched among the population in Sabah and determined to avenge the death of their fallen.

Also our authorities must realise that the tide has turned in Lahad Datu, when many news outlets joined forces, at an attempt to report accurately, in the absence of official government statements. This kind of attitude solves nothing and strengthens the mistrust of the government's handling of information related to emergencies and disasters.

On the same vein ,it is also appalling to note the commentaries of various individuals, so much so, that the gamut of positions on the Lahad Datu fiasco is now reduced to a dual notion, of patriots and traitors.
The right to dissent is the right to remain silent, to disagree, to not participate. That is the natural right which is held by every single Malaysian under any condition. There is no right, however, to insinuate religious or racial undertones or undermine the efforts of a uniformed patriot . This not dissent, it is sedition.
There is no right to speak out in support of the enemy of our nation. This is not dissent, it is treason.

Ellese A said...

A lot of people simply fail to take into account of reality. I went to east coast Sabah and what you said is true. The border is long and porous. There's a long history of exchange and the Philippines border is not that far.

The first question that we must ask is whether its possible to effectively control the access to the Sabah east coast border.im not even sure it's possible. When we do this, don't forget all our fail instances of our border towns up north. These border by history cuts familyiesand we have never been able to stop it effectively. Seberang sungai aje.

Im not saying we shouldnt block them. I think we must as much as possible impede the easy access but its not the solution to all.

Malaysians must realise that bloodbath has started. The more we kill the more they come. The more they come the more we kill. And mind you Sabah is a huge area and there's nothing to stop any future "serang hendap" against our personnel. They can just hide in the jungle or sulu for that matter where we have no access.

It's more complicated. The killing that's started will not be easy to end. We need to think out of the box. Military solution has never been an ideal solution. (Tell that to the US) We must also find a political solution to this. But we are just too divided to think straight. Our solution apparently is to vote politicians we like irrespective they have a clue to solve this or otherwise. Really dumb Malaysians.

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Ex-Sabahan said...

I remember growing up in Tawau, Sabah during the reign of Mustafa. Despite Sabah did have a democratic election system (which was all screwed up), Mustafa reigned like a sultan. He granted anybody coming to live in Sabah citizenship, provided he/she was a muslim. At that time, muslims were only a 25% minority as versus the indigenous races which made up the majority of the population. Also most of the indigenous people were, still are, Christians. For political and very obvious reasons, the Federal Government just closed one eye. You see, Mustafa himself was also a Suluk (or Sulu - I don't know if he was related to the current Kalim Sultanate). So the bad seeds were already sown when Sabah joined Malaya. It was so ironic that a muslim non-Malaysian could come to Sabah and be granted Sabah citizenship right away - hence Malaysian citizenship - and could live legally in the State of Sabah (and Malaysia), whereas Malaysians who are non Sabahans would have limited stay in Sabah and would have to travel with their passports. (The law may have changed since then, I don't know.)

I had been to Lahad Datu many times (my dad used to work there in the 70s) back in the 80s. When I visited coastal Suluk villages there, I was told frequently by the locals that it was best to stay low in the vehicle that I was traveling in as it was not unheard of that stray bullets hit someone in the vehicle. In the villages, many men welded machine guns (they told me these were M-16s) casually. Come to think of it now, it very much resembled the scenes in the war-torn countries like Syria, among others. Imagine this, most citizens in Malaysia do not own guns, here you are, a group of people (a very big group) own machine guns as if they were their constitutional rights. It was a surprise that what happened in Lahad Datu recently hadn't happened sooner.

Anonymous said...

there lesson to learn,dont take thing for granted

quote: 'they bite the hands that feed them'

..sound familiar: the taliban..

Jeremiah said...

The signs of a regional conspiracy are all there...Napolean and Hitler all used the same tactics to destabilise nations....prayer is urgent for Sabah