Call on all parties and persons involved to unite as patriotic Malaysians to face the Sabah Sulu crisis as one united people to fully restore national sovereignty and security and welfare of Sabahans


I regret that the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in his hour-long programme of “Conversation with the PM” televised on TV3, Bernama TV, RTM and Astro Awani last night failed to address adequately and fully the Sabah Sulu crisis which has entered into its fifth week, causing the death of eight policemen and one soldier and 56 Sulu terrorists.

I want firstly to convey my deepest condolences to Private Mohd Hurairah Ismail from Pasir Mas, Kelantan , the first soldier to be killed by Sulu terrorists in an exchange of fire in Sungai Nyamuk in Lahad Datu yesterday.

Mohd Hurairah, like the eight police commandoes who were killed by Sulu terrorists in Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu and Semporna, died as a national hero in the defence of national sovereignty and the security of the people of Sabah and the nation owes them an eternal gratitude.

This is why I feel very strongly that there should be a special session of Parliament not only for MPs from both sides of the political divide to express full support and solidarity for all necessary measures by the security forces to deal with the Sabah Sulu crisis but also to pay tribute and honour the nine brave fallen heroes from the security forces and to assure the nation that the government, from whichever political coalition, Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat, will look after the welfare, as well the life-long education needs of the children, of the bereaved families as an token of national appreciation of their sacrifices.

This is one reason why I am very disappointed about the Prime Minister’s hour-long television interview last night, especially as I had sent an Open Letter to him yesterday urging the Cabinet today to convene a special Parliamentary session within the week, to adopt an unanimous resolution on the Sabah Sulu crisis on at least six points, viz:

• Give full support to the security forces to take all necessary measures to protect the national sovereignty and the security of the people of Sabah and security personnel ;

• Pay tribute to the nine fallen heroes from the police and armed forces in the shoot-outs with Sulu terrorists in Lahad Datu and Semporna;

• Set up a special foundation to look after the welfare of their surviving family and children, including life-long education to university level for the children of the fallen heroes;

• Condemn in the strongest possible terms the atrocities and the cruel, inhuman, uncivilized and barbaric killing of the fallen heroes in Semporna by Sulu terrorists and to invoke national and international censure of such bestial conduct to bring to justice the inhuman killers;

• Resolve an immediate halt of the annual “cession payment” of RM5,300 to the self-proclaimed heir of the Sulu Sultanate; and

• Call on Philippines Government to demonstrate ASEAN spirit and solidarity by officially dropping all claims to Sabah.

If the Cabinet this morning did not decide on the convening of a special Parliamentary session on the Sabah Sulu crisis, it would mean that for two consecutive weeks, the Cabinet had ignored and deprived the fallen heroes from the police and armed forces the honour and tribute they deserve from Parliament.

I will call on Najib as Prime Minister to invoke his powers to convene a special Parliamentary meeting within a week as this is a matter which must rise above partisan differences.

In fact, Members of Parliament from Pakatan Rakyat, i.e. DAP, PKR and PAS are prepared to put aside all pending matters to attend such a special Parliamentary meeting even with 24 hours’ notice. Are Barisan Nasional MPs prepared to do the same?

In his “Conversation with the Prime Minister” yesterday, Najib touched on several issues about the Sabah Sulu crisis but I must say I do not agree with many of the things he had said.
However, I do not propose to go into these differences with what the Prime Minister had said on the Sabah Sulu crisis, as the topmost priority today is “unity” for all Malaysians to unite as one people on the Sabah Sulu crisis and not “disunity”.

I therefore call on all parties and persons to stop playing politics and to unite as one patriotic Malaysian people to face the Sabah Sulu crisis as a solid force to fully restore national sovereignty and to protect the security and welfare of Sabahans – to end all finger-pointing on who should be blamed, and in particular the dissemination of baseless allegations against political leaders, whether BN or PR.

(Media Conference Statement in Kota Kinabalu on Wednesday 13th February 2013 at 3.30 pm)

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  1. #1 by NotBN on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 5:21 pm

    Jeffrey from STAR should stop dreaming. UN cannot help as they donot have the resources (money). In fact UN was the culprit in opening the ‘gate’ to Sabah in late 70s under the so called refugee humanitarian ground with the assurance that the refugees (under 10,000) would return once Mindanao (Moro rebels, different to the Suluks from Jolo) attained peace. UN did not do anything in more dire situations with thousands dying in conflicts round the world (Slovia Checnyas, Palestine, Kenya, Eriteria, Uganda/Zimbawe). Our own legal team (State Attorney and Attorney Gen) should be the one providing the backup while the army/police get rid of these terrorists. That’s sovereignty.

  2. #2 by john on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 5:37 pm

    Foremost these men are Malaysian first, their lives being lost in the line of fire while under national duty defending our Nation.
    At least these(OUR) men be honoured in OUR PARLIAMENT for their sacrifices (LIVES).

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 5:50 pm

    Najib allowing the opposition some positive PR? Najib can’t even walk away from just NOT lying about PR these days.

    Truth is Najib is so backed against the wall, he has no choice now but to come out with guns blazing with simply as many lies as he can, against PR and FOR UMNO/BN..

    Funny, let PR demonstrate patriotism and sensibility? Mahathir decided to give up politics?

  4. #4 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 5:55 pm

    It is hard to believe that the Sabah Sulu crisis will soon end.

    35 Sulu gunmen intercepted off Philippine waters:
    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/35-sulu-gunmen-intercepted-off-philippine-waters/

  5. #5 by monsterball on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 7:14 pm

    How do you expect a show dog to do the right thing?
    His job is to entertain…to make Malaysians feel good..happy.
    Serious stuffs….no can do.

  6. #6 by rjbeee on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 7:56 pm

    Time is up bro…for all the traitors, corrupt, subsidy gang, civil service and name it…..
    Hope something news comes,..for the good of satu Malaysian not Malay…semua mahu…..

  7. #7 by tak tahan on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 9:11 pm

    Telling Jib is just like singing a song to a bull-chio kua ho gu thia.He is not meant to be any leader.I supposed he should dropped his main current post and instead fully concentrate on the woman ministry affair.How to be national top leader some more when you have no even one ball/balless or true resolved pollitical wills for the wellfare and nation regardless of race,religion,sundry and all,Ah jib? Nambikai kasi lu? Tembikai saja boleh la? GE 13 mari lu and BN pordah la!!

  8. #8 by tak tahan on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 9:13 pm

    sorry..for the people wellfare and nation….

  9. #9 by john on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 10:30 pm

    What “Conversation ? with A Fake “.
    Rather is a ” Hoodwink Session ” with a KiaSu, KekBow, PuakCiau Lang; Ah-C-4.
    - a one-way, rehearsed pre QA fix-up for C4 hour, so no substance / standard ! Go check first what a conversation is like. Still the Listen, Listen, Listen,,,,,bossy, talk-down mentality. He tried, end up A FAKE (posture, tone, smile ? snakeeey ) !
    - stoop so low as to taking Cheap Shot without a chance for one’s defence. No Integrity but with Dubious character instead.
    - cheap publicity, only to hoodwink, fool the ignorants even With LIES (with straight face of a Great, Perpetual LIAR -won award here! )
    Because of ” A B U ” NO Mandate For Ah-C-4 comes G13, Only A Date With Altantuya for C4.

  10. #10 by monsterball on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 11:44 pm

    Unity spells death to Umno b.
    It must always be… to divide and rule.
    Mahathir is the architect to this evil devilish idea to rob Malaysians ….wholesale.
    People Power has arrived…Umno b days to govern are numbered.

  11. #11 by chengho on Thursday, 14 March 2013 - 12:24 am

    ABCD

  12. #12 by assamlaksa on Thursday, 14 March 2013 - 1:15 am

    ABU “anything but umno”

  13. #13 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 14 March 2013 - 3:58 am

    AEIOU. All-out Efforts In Ousting Umno.

  14. #14 by monsterball on Thursday, 14 March 2013 - 5:51 am

    Chengho can 12155 Najib aaaarrrrssseeee.

  15. #15 by chengho on Thursday, 14 March 2013 - 7:04 am

    Dapter should despatch Yellow and Green to the front line , let see how many taker , don’t mean Yellow pizza eh , Green so busy with Bentong , without Fauzi chief Pakatan agreement
    Vote for MCA .

  16. #16 by Jeffrey on Thursday, 14 March 2013 - 7:44 am

    It is politically matured approach to have bipartisan approach – including special session of Parliament to show it- when nation faces a common threat to all. It is to demonstrate that imperative of unity transcends political rivalry. However only PM can call such jointparliamentary session. And BN culture -indeed our political culture from day 1 has been based on divide and rule on race or religion which itself is a threat to national unity! So how to change this mindset esp on eve of do or die GE when focus is on how to use every means including circumstances of threat to national security to tar and blame political rivals? Your suggestion – the underlying spirit of it- will fall on deaf ears. Besides they have too many secrets including bungling to hide from public disclosure. Sharing for unity is not extolled as an imperative.

  17. #17 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Thursday, 14 March 2013 - 8:32 am

    Dear jib,

    I volunteer chengho the NY malaysian mamak to fight the sulu terrorist in sabah.

    thank you.

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