Speaking up on Lahad Datu is patriotism

Stan CH Lee
Mar 9, 2013

First off, I wish to put on record my heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the families of the soldiers who laid down their lives for the country. I do not for one moment doubt your courage and commitment to the defence of our country. Malaysians of all backgrounds owe you a debt that can never be repaid.

Defence of the country’s sovereignty is the duty of all Malaysians who love the country. National defence is not something that most people wear on their sleeves. However, this duty extends beyond the physical defence of the country, which is the job of the armed forces.

It should and must include speaking up when things are not right. This is something that we as a people have not done for so many years, having left that to our elected representatives in parliament.

However, the Lahad Datu Invasion weighs heavy on my mind, as it does that of many, many concerned Malaysians. This is not to denigrate nor trivialise the sacrifices made by our armed forces. The dangers are real. Bombs and bullets do fly.

Unfortunately, people do get killed. As a country, it is only right that we close ranks to face the enemy. But, the big question is, “Who is the enemy?”

Is it the ragtag group of armed insurgents? Or is there a hidden hand here? Have you ever thought of the ridiculousness and implausibility of the situation? A group of 200 odd foreign armed men, landed on Malaysian soil with women and children in tow.

Their announced purpose is to speak and negotiate with an important Malaysian on claiming back land that they say belongs to them. In history, how many wars have been declared by an impoverished “sultanate” that can hardly make ends meet on a bigger, much better equipped neighbour?

And they have to cross the Sulu sea in small boats to do it. The last time an armada crossed the sea to attack another country was when Britain sent a naval task force to the Falklands. Notice it was not Argentina sending their people on small boats to Great Britain?

Who in their right mind would go for a negotiation armed to the teeth with guns especially when the enemy is bigger, stronger, better armed and have the home ground advantage?


STAN CH LEE is a Malaysian at heart in Toronto. He used to express himself mainly through drawings and pictures, but discovered that some things are better said in words.

  1. #1 by ReformMalaysia on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 12:38 am

    The Special Branch so be trained to ensure the country’s Security are always protected… Please stop using UTK to get rid of someone’s “not wanted anymore mistress” , spying on harmless activist and opposition leaders, harmless peaceful demonstrators… They should be trained and directed to check on the potential enemies from inside & outside the country.

    Otherwise, when they face the real threats like the Sulu terrorist in Lahad Datu, they are not well prepared and well trained to face the threats

  2. #2 by monsterball on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 2:50 am

    “Who is the enemy?”…good question.
    If they are Muslims…Umno B will delay and investigate.
    If others..they will strike with speed lightning.
    With that attitude…how to fight…when race and religion keep cropping in.
    Who is the enemy??….ask Mahathir.

  3. #3 by monsterball on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 3:16 am

    With a smart idea to make sure Sabah will always vote for BN…Mahathir gave close to a million foreigners blue ICs on the condition…they must vote for BN….and so they did….with Umno b keep bragging Sabah is one of their security blanket to govern the country forever.
    Decades passed…the 1 million..has grown to 3 million….and after 12th GE…no majority…Umno b and their BN counterparts in Sabah…cannot steal and plunder that easy….and when opportunities are there….steal as much as they can…neglecting the poor 3 million.
    Out come…old history….a reason to start a war.
    The Suluks…started it….caught BN and in particularly..Umno b by surprise….and out come Mahathir with his usual race and religion reasons…for the delay to finish it off fast.
    When you are hungry….they fear no death…and so…the snipers…continue.
    Mighty Malaysia…with the most modern warfare weapons in the world….all bought by Najib……with billions spent…yet..a tiny group of guerrillas war like people can cause havoc to the country..involving so many unnecessary deaths.

  4. #4 by chengho on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 8:00 am

    despatch the yellow & green T Shirt to Lahat Datu
    may be some of the old men here never been to Sabah eh ; ABCD , vote for MCA/BN

  5. #5 by Winston on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 10:12 am

    “Who is the enemy?” – End of quote

    The enemy is within!
    With a ruling party that is hell bent on enriching themselves, their cronies and friends at the expense of the citizens of this country.
    With even a erstwhile PM who gave citizenship to foreigners of the same ilk that invades Sabah recently.
    With such filth in the top hierarchy of the government, who needs enemies?

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