Sunday, March 03, 2013

Lahad Datu Insurgency: All Parties Should Get Their Priorities Right

The current armed insurgency in Lahad Datu, Sabah which is spreading to areas such as Semporna and possibly other parts of Sabah is a serious national security concern. All parties involved, the federal government, the Sabah state government and Opposition politicians, must set their priorities right.

Blame game from both the BN and PR is not going to contribute positively to finding a solution to end the fatal and dangerous insurgency

Firstly, this blog supports the call to convene an emergency parliamentary session to discuss the Lahad Datu insurgency and the Sultan Sulu's claim of sovereignty over Sabah. Both sides of the house should show some unity to protect, defend and face any challenges to our national sovereignty and the parliament has to take an immediate action both legally and internationally to ensure that such incident and claim does not repeat again in the future.

Both sides must condemn unscrupulous attempts from unsolicited sources to pin the blame on politicians from both BN and PR. Any attempt to split national opinion and unity over the issue is going to weaken our resolve to protect Malaysia's interest and sovereignty. All who are involved in the fierce political battles leading to the next GE must remember that national interests should transcend all.

Secondly, it is sad to note that some hardcore supporters are calling for more blood bath. Can we achieve a permanent and lasting peace if our armed forces were to move in to the siege territories and annihilate all armed foreign militants? The show of force is one thing but a careful, well planned and articulate strategy to end the conflict is critical. We should consider the livelihood, safety and well-being of our local residents living in Lahad Datu and other affected areas.

Thirdly, the government has duty to keep the nation informed of the current situation. Malaysians have a right to know what is actually happening. Thorough investigations should be conducted but priorities must be set to ensure that the results of the investigations are helping to resolve the conflict and not to make a scapegoat out of some personalities.

Otherwise, we could be making a mountain out of a mole hill.


looes74 said...

Kay peng,
I felt that BN who has been in power for 55 years should take full responsibility. It's extremely stupid to call for unity especially BN has never demonstrated the act of unity especially dealing with state government under the opposition hands.......Hisham, Najib & Zahid heads must roll

hasilox said...

Something is not right. If things are as reported, only the police seem to be in action. This should be military operation right from the beginning. The police are not best for such situation hence, the unnecessary risk.

Only the sulu seems to have leadership. Where is our leadership?

Either the govt is super incompetence or something sinister is going on.

bruno said...

Khoo,first of all the time of compromise and diplomacy is over.This is a national secutity problem,and like PM Najib said 'he has delegated the responsibity to the IGP and Generals,which should have been done in the first place anyway.

When the country is being intruded or invaded by armed foreign rebels or insurgents,the defence,national security and sovereignty of the nation has been breached.The armed forces should have been despatched in the first place,with the assistance of the PDRM to monitor the outer perimeter of the surrounding villages.

The government has compromised the national security and sovereignty of the nation by trying to compromised and negotiate with the foreign Muslim rebels.This is a national security and not a political problem.

By trying to negotiate with deadlines passed and extended several times,dragging to almost a month,the authorities has allowed and given time for the battled hardened febels to dig in.They were able to prepared ambushes to our security forces causing two deaths and several wounded.

Also some of these rebels were able to sneak through the secured perimeters to Semporna and further ambushed our security forces causing six more deaths.

There is no need for talks among politicians anymore.Just let the Generals and our soldiers do the job they know best.That is to get rid of enemies of the state.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

looes 74,

Thorough internal investigations can be done later but no nation should remain divided by political finger pointing when our nation sovereignty is being threatened.

I agree that politicians should leave it to the Generals to do their job but our federal cabinet and our Opposition leaders must show some leadership. There's time for political bickering but definitely not now.

Let the voters decide whom should they punish at the next GE. The number of illegal migrants is a great concern and it must be looked at a strategic standpoint.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Hasilox that its seems like only the Police are involved till now, which is very unfortunate as families have lost 8loved ones and pray, there will not be more. To think we have sent Malaysian warships to protect our tankers from Somali pirates in foreign waters and here in our own backyard, we fail to protect our own with a marine police base in Lahad Datu and submarine base in Sepanggar, Kota Kinabalu.Imagine what Uncle Sam would have done by now. What does "rushing reinforcements mean"?? Its been days already!! Are our commandos on horseback that they are taking this long to get there? The Sarawak Rangers are known to be one of the most elite forces and well equipped to handle this situation. It has gone beyond politics and Malaysia must be seen to react firmly, decisively and immediately !.....or our shores will never be safe again ! The most ironical article I read today was...quote "the tourism activity in this area is not in danger and will not be affected !...unquote Yeah, right...tell that to the tourists wanting to go to Sipadan to enjoy diving and snorkeling!...

Daddy said...

Again, and again. The saying of "... voters decide whom should they punish at the next GE...". Wait, but can we wait with the situation now in Sabah???

In this instance, our country's sovereignty is being threatened, and of course unless we don't regard, or have doubt about that Sabah belongs to whom, then we can just comfortably sit here, far away from flying bullets, and talk, and talk, and talk...

And wait, and wait, and wait for next GE and decide.

Anonymous said...


Arise! Arise! Arise!
My fellow country men and women
Unite! Unite! Unite!
All ye Malays, Bumiputras, Chinese, Indians and all
All ye Muslims and non-Muslims
To sweep these murderous intruders in jungle green or
Tuxedos armed with AK 47s or paper arrows
From our beloved shores!
We must re-pay in kind!
Were they the victims of unbridled greed for power
Or a quirk of historical fate?
Let no barnacles grow in our hearts!
Let our compassion flow in a flood!
Let loose our heart strings!
Let our tears flow freely
From our hearts and minds
In their honour!
Arise! Arise! Arise!
My fellow country men and women
Unite! Unite! Unite!
All ye Malays, Bumiputras, Chinese, Indians and all
All ye Muslims and non-Muslims
For our fallen heroes!
We all salute you!