Lahad Datu stand-off with some 150 Sulu intruders getting curioser and curioser – why is Hishammuddin passing the buck to Wisma Putra and not to the Defence Ministry?


The Lahad Datu government stand-off with some 150 Sulu intruders is getting curioser and curioser.

Today, the Home Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein said that the Home Ministry has left it to Wisma Putra to decide on the Philippine government’s request of an extension on the deportation of a group of intruders in Lahad Datuk but such an extension “should not be too long, as the ministry will not compromise on matters which could potentially threaten the sovereignty of the nation”.

Clearly, the Home Minister is not on the same wavelength as the overwhelming majority of Sabahans and Malaysians who are one in feeling that the sovereignty and security of the nation had been compromised right from the beginning of the intrusion of and standoff with the 150 Sulu militias into Sabah territory at Kampong Tanduo in Felda Sahabat, Lahad Datu since February 9.

Just on the issue whether the nation’s sovereignty and security had been threatened by the intrusion and standoff with the so-called Royal Sulu Sultanate Army, the overwhelming majority of Malaysians have proven that they are more patriotic and nationalistic than the Home Minister himself.

In fact, the question more and more Malaysians are asking is why Hishammuddin is passing the buck to Wisma Putra instead of to the Defence Ministry?

Can the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak explain why he is insisting that Hishammuddin and the police should be handling the stand-off with the Sulu intruders when it should be the Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and armed forces?

Up to now, Sabahans and Malaysians have been kept in the dark as to how there could be a serious security lapse in the first place involving the navy, the armed forces, the maritime and the police that resulted in the intrusion and stand-off with the Sulu militias.

Who is prepared to step forward to assume responsibility for the security lapse and the stand-off which is entering into its third week, threatening not only the nation’s sovereignty and security but giving Malaysia such a poor international image when government leaders had repeatedly boasted that Malaysia is the safest country in South-East Asia – the Defence Minister, the Home Minister, the Prime Minister or some lowly officers down the line whether in the armed services or the police, who will be made to take the rap?

All that the Sabahans and Malaysians have learned is the fizzling out of a series of vague deadlines for the return of the Sulu militias to the Philippines in the past two weeks.

It is sad and shameful that in the past fortnight, Sabahans and Malaysians have to search the Internet to read about what is happening with regard to the Lahad Datu standoff from the Philippines media as there is a serious information blackout of the issue in the Malaysian media – another international black-eye for Malaysia!

I call on the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak to lift the information blackout on the Kampung Tanduo stand-off in the Malaysia media and the Malaysian government should start telling Sabahans and Malaysians what is actually happening in Kampung Tanduo, starting with a personal visit by the Prime Minister himself to “Listen, Listen, Listen” to the people in Lahad Datu.

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  1. #1 by sheriff singh on Saturday, 23 February 2013 - 7:36 pm

    This particular ‘Sultan’ (there are other claimants) was left out in the agreement last October to create the Bangsamoro nation whose land is really under the territories of the Sulu Sultanate.

    KL ‘insulted’ this sultan who is now claiming his lands which includes Sabah. He needs to have his own ‘nation’ and Sabah is it. After all, Malaysia pays him rent so Malaysia is really a tenant.

    Now Wisma Putra who brokered the Bangsamoro deal is in a fix. They negotiated with the wrong party and ‘sold’ somebody else’s property to him.
    Now the rightful owner is angry.

  2. #2 by cseng on Saturday, 23 February 2013 - 7:38 pm

    Are you ready for royal sulu army intrusion ?

  3. #3 by bclee on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 12:04 am

    I feel something bad will coming soon.

  4. #4 by sheriff singh on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 1:43 am

    Our army and navy are no match for these 150 battle-hardened infiltrators.

    Our soldiers are just not prepared to die defending their country.

    Our soldiers are too fat enjoying the wonderful life.

    Let somebody else do the job. Pass the buck.

  5. #5 by sheriff singh on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 1:54 am

    150 only ?

    There are about 1 million (perhaps more) Tausogs already in Sabah. They are the beneficiaries of Project M (IC) and are now instant citizens and residents of the state. They are everywhere.

    Should a conflict ever break out, these 1 million people might rise and support their kins who have come across the waters to claim their ancestral lands.

    So Sabah could be very dicey now. It is no longer safe.

    Thanks to Mahathir.

  6. #6 by cseng on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 9:52 am

    To get rid of that 150 is ready sap sap soi, the problem, however, is those tens oe hundred thousand of blue ic voters, who might be distance relatives and friend of the those intruders might not cross ‘dacing’ coming GE the 13th…

    To our poster boy pm, what is the point of nation sovereignty but risk of losing votes over those dedicated blue ic votes bank? No

  7. #7 by cseng on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 10:01 am

    Poster boy is buying time, it is very clear. They needed time for their brain power to turn this issue into votes! If not votes, how to delay the election.

    From now only, all issues in bolehland are politic, aiming only for votes.

  8. #8 by cseng on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 10:04 am

    What remain clear here is the suluk community here holding substantial blue ic of project m. Substential enough to risk bn their putrajaya…

  9. #9 by anakin01 on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 10:30 am

    how come malaysia be the safest place in south east asia? just go to miri town or even at the airport try to park your car with a bruneian plate the next thing you know you will be buying a new car..

  10. #10 by anakin01 on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 10:32 am

    they are not intruders malaysian are! read your history well..sabah can be an indipendent country under the sultan of sulu.the rightfull owner..

  11. #11 by raven77 on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 11:38 am

    Sabah will be lost, only a matter of time.

    UMNO’s game plan was to extract maximum out of Sabah while it could …

    The Sulu Sultan has enough documents and maybe enough doe to take it to the Hague…Malaysia doesnt have a chance…

    You pay rent to a Sultan for what…??????

  12. #12 by on cheng on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 12:36 pm

    Where is the Sulu sultan and his men during Japan occupation of Sabah Dec.1941 to Aug.1945 ???
    Now just give a deadline and if not comply, drive them by force!

  13. #13 by sotong on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 4:16 pm

    The traitors of this incident, started from the project ICs, must be brought to justice to the full extent of the law.

  14. #14 by john on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 6:04 pm

    All doesn’t adds up ! In the midst of G13 countdown it becomes downright sinister – with MaMak Kutty in the backdrop and a lameduck AhC4.
    In particular, MMKutty recent revelation/ affirmation on the extent of commiting traitor acts ( Sabah RCI on illegals “malaysians” ) just to cling to power.
    Never make sense a sovereign country reacted such manner when invaders (they declared and proclaimed !) came ashore and occupied your land. DO WE HAVE A DEFENCE , MILITARY UNIT !

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