Archive for March, 2013

March 31, 2013

The Final Leg Before The GE13 Finish Line

Malaysians expect the mother of all General Elections in the coming GE13. Both Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) are pulling everything out of their hats to build a strong perception amongst voters in a yet to be called General Election.

This is the longest unofficial campaign period ever in the history of Malaysia’s elections. Ever since PM Najib took over the reins from Pak Lah, he has hinted to seek a mandate but has never dared to call for one, even until now. We are staring at the end of April 2013 as the automatic end of Parliament if Najib does not call for its dissolution earlier. For now, Negri Sembilan has gone into caretaking mode with the rest of the state parliaments following suit over the next month or two.

So, what can we expect now?

1. Najib’s Strong Closing and Finishing

Being the incumbent although without the so-called mandate, Najib will always be poised to pose a very formidable close to his reign as the current PM. His so-called “State of the Union” address last was designed to spew all kinds of numbers and stats to generate a positive impression of his government’s work-in-progress in all areas of social, economic and financial development. Of course, much of the realities are yet to be felt by the man-on-the-street regardless of how much he elevates the country’s progress. In fact, people feel that they are well behind financially and economically.

So, how is it that our PM says everything is beautiful and the people says huh?

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March 6, 2013

Nur Misuari and the so-called Sulu Sultanate Claims on Sabah and Sarawak – Unfounded!

The Philippines Star reported that Nur Misuari has claimed that Sabah and Sarawak belongs to him and his clan (read here).

Misuari said he and his clan are the true owners of Sabah and the Malaysian state of Sarawak. He said history would bear out that Sabah and Sarawak were the original properties of his great, great grandfather.

This was picked up by the Borneo Post online (read here) and CM Taib has rubbished this in his retort (read here) saying Misuari is twisting history. And Taib is correct in this matter.

The so-called Sultan of Sulu claim to Sabah is now well known with the recent and still on-going invasion of Lahad Datu, Sabah. Again, this is frivolous and mischievous and has turned into vicious and terroristic.

Certainly, most Malaysians are not aware of the history of Sabah and Sarawak and such claims by the so-called Sultan of Sulu and Nur Misuari are giving Malaysians a lot to chew on. It may be prudent to share some historical facts here to debunk their claims as wild and without historical basis. Furthermore, for them to prove their claims will be impossible.

A Quick Borneo History

Sarawak had, at one point in time in history, been part of the Bruneian Empire. In 1485 under Sultan Bolkiah, this empire pinnacled in what was called the “Golden Age” and claimed to be a force within the Malay Archipelago. The Bruneian Empire covered the most part of Borneo all the way to Mindanao and everything in between.

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March 6, 2013

Putrajaya Calls The Actions of Invaders as Terroristic, They Are Not Terrorists

First, the IGP now calls them the enemies (read here). And The Malaysian Insider reported that our Foreign Minister, Anifah Aman, now calls them terrorists (read here).

“Secretary Rosario agreed that this group should be labelled as terrorists,” Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said in a statement today.

If you have been following the chronology (read here), this declaration has taken way too long. Only they know why because had this been done much earlier, like 20 days ago, we may have had a different outcome.

Unfortunately, a totally different view was presented by ABS-CBN News in the Philippines saying that the TMI report was taken out of context and that the acts were considered terroristic but the intruders are not terrorists (read here).

In Semporna, there were alleged acts of terrorism. As reported by the Malaysian Foreign Minister, after the police forces were lured into an ambush and killed, their bodies were brutally mutilated and desecrated. If indeed these atrocities were committed as reported to him, the Secretary and the Foreign Minister both agreed that these were, at the very least, terroristic acts.

Now that the Army and Air Force have come into the picture together with the Police, there is now a lot more firepower to deal with the situation appropriately.

It is a joke that the invaders call the Malaysian response “an overkill” (read here) as reported by the Philippines Inquirer. When they come to Malaysia covertly with arms and the intent to cause harm regardless what claims they may have, this illegal action must be dealt with in the most severe manner. What more now that 8 Malaysians have died in the process? It is 8 lives too many to sacrifice.

What our Government calls these invaders have serious consequences.

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March 5, 2013

More Trouble In Sabah? Scary if True

A news report by Manila Bulletin has given Malaysians an eye-opener if true.Their report (read here) talks of MNLF insurgents being trained by Malaysian military trainers coming back as part of the recent Sabah invasion group. It also revealed that while they were still in Malaysia for training that they have hidden a stash of arms provided by the then Libyan leader, Kol Gaddafi. What have our Government been doing behind our backs?

If the report is true, we can expect a long drawn guerrilla warfare in Sabah like what the MNLF did in southern Philippines for the past few decades.

Maybe, this is just rhetorics by MNLF to throw Malaysians off and full of nonsense. But the Government must come clean and clear on this if they were somehow involved.


March 4, 2013

IGP Finally Admits The Lahad Datu Invaders Are Enemies

Our IGP, Ismail Omar, was reported to have referred to the Lahad Datu invaders as enemies. This was what was reported in the FreeMalaysiaKini article here.

Ismail added that police also discovered six other bodies whose identities could not be ascertained.

“We believe they are the bodies of the enemies,” he said.

The PM and IGP have been reported to deny that these invaders are militants or terrorists. Tun M admitted that the Government may have made a wrong assessment in the initial stage of the invasion (read here). He was reported to have said that

“At first we did not think the intrusion was as an external threat for they were on our shore.

Mahathir said the only reason the government had “acted cautiously” in the beginning was because the intruders were Muslims.

The Government classified the 180 armed men as “intruders” and refused to label them as “terrorists” or “militants” which is clearly a mistake because it led to a path of appeasement and negotiation rather than a firm and decisive action.

It is also clear now with the Army positioned that General Zulkifeli believes these invaders are military trained.

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March 2, 2013

Malaysia Failure At Lahad Datu – Commentary of Chronology

The foreign incursion into Malaysian territory of Sabah has shed a poor light on the part of the Malaysian Government in handling such incidents. This incident happened on 9 February and a deadly ambush yesterday 1 March ended in an apparent shootout reportedly killing 14 and wounding 3.

Malaysians are appalled by the way the incident was mismanaged and calls for a thorough review of protocols to prevent another fiasco from happening again in the future. We believe that Malaysia has not sent a strong and firm signal to all foreign parties who may harbor similar intents. Hence, the Home Minister, Defense Minister and Foreign Minister as well as the Prime Minister must make amends immediate to fix this.

The chronology is taken from TMI here. The chronology is attributed to Bernama. Commentaries are inserted in bold.

Chronology of intrusion by Lahad Datu rebels

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — The following is the chronology of events pertaining to the intrusion into Lahad Datu, Sabah by an armed group from the southern Philippines:

February 9 — The group enters Malaysian waters in a boat and begins to gather in stages at Felda Sahabat 17, Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu.

A few pertinent questions must be answered.

  1. How did this group managed to slip past our border security by boat? Did they come by many vessels or a large one, enough to ferry 180 people (the number as reported here.) This is not a trivial covert affair and our border security must have been sleeping on the job. Where was our Navy and Maritimes (our Marine Police rolled into a new outfit)? Even having Scorpene submarines cannot seem to help.
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