Quit if you can't get Sulu invaders out, Hisham told by Susan Loone
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
BN is cautious because there is are 'fixed deposits' of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Filipinos in Sabah who have been given Blue IC's and native status who placed the BN government in power. Any wrong move could jeopardize this 'fixed deposit' in the coming GE. Another political motive is that with this 'stand-off' BN can mobilize thousands of Armed Forces and Rela personnel to the so-called 'hot-spots' and act as vote-banks in PR strongholds -Sontha Makka in Malaysiakini .
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has criticised the Home Ministry for
its delay in resolving the "invasion" of Lahad Datu, Sabah, by an army
linked to the Sulu sultan.Home
Minister Hishammuddin Hussein's latest remark that the invaders are
"neither militants nor terrorists" was unacceptable, Lim said.
"If this is so, then why are they in (a village near) Lahad Datu (and) heavily armed? "If
this had happened in Penang, I - as chief minister - would have asked
for security assistance from the federal government to drive out or
arrest the armed group." The group allegedly comprises some 100
followers of a sultan in the Philippines, who has claimed that Sabah was
"leased" out to the Malaysian government.
Sultan Jamalul Kiram was quoted in an AFP report as saying that his men will remain in Sabah as it is their "home" Although Malaysian officials have claimed that the group is armed, Jamalul insisted that they are not. Despite
the group's refusal to leave since their arrival on Feb 9, Malaysia has
not been firm in its handling of the situation, Lim said.
Hishammuddin can't handle the situation immediately and send the armed
group out of the country, he should resign," he added. "The
government deported Australian Senator Nick Xenophon, who was unarmed.
Here we have an armed group and nothing has been done so far."
who is currently in Sabah, has reportedly said that Malaysia is doing
everything possible to ensure that stand-off is settled without