Posted: 02 Mar 2013 08:37 PM PST
A Kadir Jasin
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CONDOLENCES to families and kin of the fallen and injured members of the police unit involved in battling the Filipino occupiers of Kampung Tanduo in Lahat Datu, Sabah. Alfatihah.
As has always been the case, when we send our policemen and soldiers into battle and are killed or injured, the chances are they are Melayus and Bumiputeras.
Perhaps there is wisdom in getting more Chinese and Indians to join the armed forces so that they too can die for one Malaysia.
And if they are Malaysians, no matter how remote the chances are, who are involved in the invasion and occupation by the armed Filipinos in Sabah, we should hang these traitors by their necks and, to borrow a dialogue from the movie "Shanghai Noon", until their feet stop kicking.
There have been rumours and rumblings that some Malaysian opposition politicians might or could have been involved or implicated in the cross-border transgression by the Filipinos.
Today, The Sunday Star newspaper published a report quoting a leading Manila daily, Philippines Daily Inquirer, as saying that Filipino intelligence sources had linked a Sabah politician, who is allied to a Malaysian opposition leader, as among "external factors" responsible for instigating heirs to the Sulu Sultanate to claim Sabah.
The Inquirer journalist, Nikko Dizon wrote that Manila was monitoring three groups described as "external factors" behind the incident.
"These external factors' are one small faction that is in it for the money, an anti-Aquino administration group, and the Malaysian political opposition," the daily's online website stated on Friday.
If the Philippines is monitoring these groups and our people are not, then I recommend that they too should also be hang until their feet stop kicking.
Even as we speak, somebody in the Malaysian government should already be blamed and, if they are anak jantan, should accept responsibility, for the security lapse that allowed such a big group of well-armed people to land on our shores.
Whose responsibility is it to safeguard our territorial waters and our shores? The answer is the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Home Affairs. Aren't the ministers of both ministries not Umno Vice Presidents and trusted allies of the Prime Minister?
If the Prime Minister hasn't considered them as having failed in their very important jobs, then who should we blame – the mata-mata and the soldadu?
Personally, I believe the apparent "persecution" of the neutralized Filipino Muslims in the ongoing RCI hearing in Sabah could have also triggered the response by the armed Filipino group.
Whatever the case and the outcome of the standoff, hopefully not more bloody than it had already been, I think the a White Paper is needed to see who had failed us and what steps to take to ensure that such an incident does not happen again.
And as for PKR"s Tian Chua, I am appalled by his insensitivity and thoughtlessness. Saudara, apa dah jadi? There must be limits to politicking and hanger for power.
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