Cabinet tomorrow should give mandate to Najib to summon emergency Parliament to defend national sovereignty and protect security of Sabahans and security forces personnel

DAP and Pakatan Rakyat fully support all necessary measures in the Sabah Sulu crisis to defend the honour and sovereignty of the nation and to protect the security and safety of the people of Sabah and the security forces personnel.

The Sabah Sulu crisis is no partisan issue but affects the national sovereignty and security of the people of Sabah and the security forces personnel stationed in the state, and for this reason, all Malaysians, political parties and coalitions must rise above their differences to take a common position to advance the national cause and the people’s fundamental rights to peace, safety and livelihood.

It is for this reason that immediately after the Lahad Datu shootout last Friday, where two police commandoes were killed, the DAP leadership called on all Malaysians to rally as one people to face the Sabah Sulu crisis.

This is why I had said in a public statement after the Lahad Datu and Semporna shoot-outs:

“Patriotic Malaysians have many questions about the handling of three-week stand-off with the Sulu armed intruders in Lahad Datu and whether the casualties of the security forces could have been avoided if the whole situation had been properly handled right from the beginning.

“These doubts and queries, however legitimate, must now take second place, as there is no doubt that the country is faced with a crisis involving national sovereignty and the people’s security which must take topmost priority.”

DAP proposed an all-party council be formed, with representatives from both the ruling and opposition coalitions, to help deal with the Sulu Sabah crisis to show the world that Malaysians, regardless of political affiliation, race, religion or region, are united as one in protecting the sovereignty of the nation and the security of the people and the security forces.

Additionally, DAP also called for an emergency meeting of Parliament within the week to address the Sabah Sulu crisis.

The Pakatan Rakyat leadership has yesterday endorsed the call for an emergency meeting Parliament as well as proposing an all-party roundtable conference to unite all political forces in the face of the Sabah Sulu crisis.

So far there has been no response from Najib to the proposal for an emergency meeting of Parliament as well as an all-party roundtable conference on the Sabah Sulu crisis.

At the first session of the International Conference on Malaysia 13th General Elections at Lake Club in Kuala Lumpur yesterday on “An appraisal of the electoral democracy in Malaysia”, I had asked the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, who is the Minister in charge of parliamentary affairs, to use his good office to convey to the Prime Minister the call for an emergency Parliament to deal with the Sabah Sulu crisis.

I understand that Nazri, who was on the same panel as myself, had told the press later that this was an issue which had to be decided by the Prime Minister.

Nazri is right – only the Prime Minister can decide whether an emergency meeting of Parliament is to be convened, as even the Speaker has no power on the issue.

However, as the principle of collective responsibility applies to all Ministers, the Cabinet tomorrow should give the mandate to Najib, if the Prime Minister is still hesitant, to summon an emergency Parliament to defend national sovereignty and protect the security and safety of Sabahans and security forces personnel stationed in the state.

In view of the urgency of the issue, DAP and PR Members of Parliament are prepared to attend such an emergency meeting of Parliament even on Friday, which will be 8th March 2013 – fifth anniversary of the 12th General Elections electing the present 12th Parliament – should Najib give the nod for the proposal.

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - 4:22 pm

    Malaysia soldiers attack armed Filipino clan in Borneo

  2. #2 by yhsiew on Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - 4:41 pm

    Three Malaysian palm oil refineries with a combined capacity of 1.8 million tonnes were running at reduced capacity and are preparing to halt operations if the violence drags on, refinery officials with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - 5:57 pm

    The Philippine Inquirer report that MNLF are boasting that 10,000 Tausags are heading to Sabah..

    Clearly, there is a race of winning minds going on. The longer this thing get prolonged, the bigger the problem.

  4. #4 by monsterball on Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - 6:17 pm

    Najib treats PR politicians like enemies of the country.
    He will never discuss Sabah’s problems with PR parliamentarians.
    He may report in Parliament….what Umno b plans to do.
    PR has shown their concern and care for country and people…putting politics aside…but Najib never will…never can.
    This is my personal opinion and hope I am wrong.

  5. #5 by Sekinchan on Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - 8:05 pm

    Uncle Kit,

    Is this one of the reasons that Sabah were never really developed ? That Sabah is merely ‘ leased ‘ ? I mean, if leased, there should be a time frame, like in Hong Kong, 100 years. But if it is ceded, then shouldn’t it be return to Philippines ? From what is read, The Sulu Sultanate had ‘ ceded ‘ its rights in Borneo to Philippines & hence logically speaking, Sabah should’ve been returned to Philippines !!

    I’ve always wondered why the Peninsular is always being developed whereas Sabah, together with Sarawak, being the richest states in Malaysia in terms of natural resources, remains poor and some what destitute.

    Wonder why the Sabahan’s, or the Sarawakian’s for the matter, not consulted on whom they want to be ? Just set up a third party commission to seek a referendum from the people of this two states. Let the majority of the people decide once and for all …

  6. #6 by tak tahan on Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - 8:08 pm

    Do we have solid evidence and back-up documents to prove ownership of Sabah in International court or alikes if this ‘so-claimed’ ancestral land by Sulu Sultanate be challenged then? Remember we lost the islands to Singapore because our nincompoop lawyers couldn’t compete or are much less brainer than our counterpart.Nothing more to be surprise in bolehland after all these years-as usual!

  7. #7 by worldpress on Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - 8:15 pm

    Native of Sabah were more deserve own the land of Sabah..not just by using a wooden boat sail by drawn a map claimed yourself own the land.

    The native of Sabah forefather stayed in that land more than 1000 years earlier

  8. #8 by monsterball on Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - 8:20 pm

    Why at this time…Sulus are fighting for something their Sultan sold off to British Borneo Company?
    Is this a coincident near to 13th GE….where change of govt. is almost certain.
    Sabah is exposed with tons of frauds in past elections.
    War is the only way….to divert attentions.
    What are few dozens lives lost…compare to losing a GE…Najib cannot afford to.

  9. #9 by monsterball on Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - 8:29 pm

    All Dictators do that….fight fight fight..start a war.
    Sadam….Mubarak…decades ago….Argentina…Philippines….Indonesia….Afrikan kuching kurap dictators.
    This pattern seems to arrive in Malaysia… we all know….Mahathir was a Dictator for 22 years and on going by his chosen few……for 35 years…..all exposed…voters will talk at 13th GE.
    Deepak and Bala…submarines and Mongol model c4ed….all….not important now.
    13th GE hanging on a balance.

  10. #10 by john on Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - 8:31 pm

    Our nation’s ‘LEADERS ?’ (the ruling party) are the ones that have seriously jeopardised the security of our country. The recuitment of illegals ‘Malaysian’ for votes to retain power is a TRAITOR ACT, done in clandestine operation. These ‘leaders’ already commited such despicable acts ( and many other wrongdoings) and their only concern is to cling to power for their own self preservation and avoid accountability.
    Slim chance these ‘leaders will placed the nation’s (Sabah) security foremost now ( by doing as called above ). Better the RAKYAT have faith in the honour of those Malaysians given the responsibilities to ensure the well being of our nation, rather than these ‘leaders’ – we have enough of what they’ve done esplly. since MMKutty regime days.

  11. #11 by chengho on Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - 9:54 pm

    follow Bush style , cannot negotiate with terrorist

  12. #12 by tak tahan on Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - 10:08 pm

    follow chengho style or holes,sure can negotiate with terrorist,the better and hotter the best sensatian(chengho,you there?),as long as his holes can do all the required services all year round.Maybe the holes and related parts need overhauled to be alive and kicking again-just simple kind reminder…

  13. #13 by hhyap on Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - 11:01 pm

    I have just suggested to my friend in PKR to consider printing banners/posters with “Ummm…NO !, not going to vote for you !”. DAP and PAS should consider the same.

  14. #14 by worldpress on Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - 11:08 pm

    Foe of
    Malaysia gov
    Philippine gov

  15. #15 by worldpress on Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - 11:09 pm

    Both should show real power

  16. #16 by sheriff singh on Tuesday, 5 March 2013 - 11:56 pm

    Najib to dissolve Parliament on March 8th ?

  17. #17 by hasilox on Wednesday, 6 March 2013 - 12:54 am

    Sulu kingdom is long dead or else there won’t be philppines. Make it a top priority to reassess our relation with sulu in the parliament.

    Continue making payment to a non-existent kingdom is a stupid joke as far as territorial justification is concerned.

  18. #18 by Bunch of Suckers on Wednesday, 6 March 2013 - 2:25 am

    Day dreamers, PR! UMNO/BN suckers will never give any chance to opposition. Good or bad, the suckers would certainly want to show and claim full credits in dealing with this event. Keep dreaming, PR…

  19. #19 by Noble House on Wednesday, 6 March 2013 - 2:29 am

    I am not going to speculate on this issue any more than what have already been said here especially when lives are lost. Suffice to say that Malaysians should stand ready to defend their country and bury those responsible for this tragedy if this turned out to be a conspiracy when the truth is arrived at.

  20. #20 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 6 March 2013 - 6:26 am

    Leadership by EXAMPLE: Y Perkosa’s I BRA HIM n MCA’s NYY (safe 2 visit Sabah liar) not there 2 defend national sovereignty?

  21. #21 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 6 March 2013 - 6:56 am

    ‘Emergency Parliament’ & “all Party Council’ are great ideas but not in their DNA to consider unless for purpose of maintaining grip on power. For instance, if Sulu Crisis were admitted (even by DAP) as posing such grave national emergency as to deserve an immediate emergency parliament/all party council, their first response is why not declare national emergency to suspend parliament and GE? All party council to deal with Sulu Crisis is to invite Opposition party to ‘inner sanctum’ of decision making on dealing with the crisis which necessarily entails disclosure of all embarrassing shenanigans of project IC, earlier assistance to the very groups that now turn against us – which is out of the question for them to allow their rival political opponents to know.

  22. #22 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 6 March 2013 - 6:57 am

    Sulu Crisis has every potential to escalate into long term guerrilla war of attrition / terrorism turned against us about which we have little experience in countering. [Despite boast of total defeat by yesterday mornings strafing by jet fighters – we’re not sure at this moment whether the pilots were experienced enough to have hit the right targets – again why do you think Sarawak rangers trained in jungle warfare were mobilized to action?] What we see now is likely just the beginning rather than end of a looming threat to protracted insurgency from jungle to urban slums with MNLF sleepers with ICs everywhere. All these could impact profoundly on many areas of our political/national life eg: (i) curtailment of our civil liberties and whatever vestiges of democratic rights all in the name of national crisis & safety (ii) diversion of public funds to military assets and campaign over long period as if these funds are no already depleted by wanton public expenditure including BR1M 2M and so on! (iii) heightening of political factionalism within ruling party, one group trying to stay in power under excuse of national threat, the other to push them out for incompetence to handle or thwart the threat!

  23. #23 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 6 March 2013 - 7:21 am

    Najib will only dissolve parliament after the Sabah intruders are defeated, so that BN can claim it can protect the country and always care for Sabahans. Najib will not have emergency meeting with the opposition so as to claim full credit in dealing with the intrusion.

  24. #24 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Wednesday, 6 March 2013 - 8:37 am

    The cantonese say that when the faeces is about to emerge from his rear only then he starts to dig the ground for a hole.

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