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An umitigated disaster in Lahad Datu
Saturday, March 02, 2013
"War is the continuation of Politik by other means"- Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz[1] 

Two Police Commandos laid down their lives to protect our land.  The two Malaysian police commandos killed are Inspector Zulkifli Mamat and Corporal Sabarudin Daud. They sacrificed their all. I will honor them by not posting anything for two weeks. I salute them. My sincere condolences to their families.

What I am angry about is they did not have to lose their lives if only our politicians had some spine. As Clausewitz said "War is a continuation of Politics".  You think our PM, Defence Minister or the great Home Minister have ever heard of  that saying?  What were our politicians thinking? A nation of sheep led by a tigers, is not what we are. We are a nation of tigers led by docile sheep!! I am not insulting the sheep. So what more do you expect? Expect more deaths. If they, the sheep,  bring religion into the equation, we might as well import Pakis and Ragheads into Sabah to add on to the Sulu pirates. We should have struck using the Malaysian Armed Forces with great audacity and at will to bring terror into the hearts of these Sulu pirates who think themselves hardy warriors.

The Police did not have the assets to destroy them.  Those Sulu pirates were with automatic weapons and mortars, which killed two of our people.  They had frigging mortars, for f***sake!! Najib and company were handling these terrorists with kid gloves, using the Police who are trained to handle internal security situations like the Bersih or Hindraf rally. Hishamuddin is only good at raising his Keris at the  UMNO rally

We should also not absolve our Great Leader for this, he is the main culprit who imported many Sulu pirates into the state of Sabah, to erode the political power of PBS by giving them citizenship through the back door in his lust for power, whatever the cost. These efforts by our Great Leader, must have emboldened, the Sulu pirates to take over Sabah. If that ain't chutzpah, I do not know what is. The blood of the two brave dead policemen should be on his hands too.

An issue of territorial occupation in which Malaysia should have sent in the Army in the first place but instead due to some lame brained and mentally challenged Ministers we expect the Police and Immigration authorities to handle it with kid gloves. Look at what happened? Leading three weeks into the controversy, it blew up in the Home Minister's face!  Will the Home Minister take responsibility for the deaths of these brave men, as he did not hand over the tasks to the Military.

The Police are not trained to launch attacks on enemy locations, where the enemy fires back. It is not a Bersih rally. They do not have Mortars, Artillery, Infantry Fighting Vehicles or Special Forces skilled in Reconnaissance, Air Force and Navy. One of the principles of attack is, "the momentum of the attack must be maintained".  There will be more casualties as they did not observe this principle. I doubt the Police have any inkling of that. I guess more Policeman have to die before the sheep calls in the Military.

I have a gut feeling that the Police whose reputation in Malaysia amongst its citizens is very unpopular or rather say in the rubbish dump for all the extra judicial killings, getting involved in the Perak takeover , brutalising legal protestors, ignoring the rule of law and gross abuse of power,  what better way to earn some glory in this stand off, so as to redeem themselves in the eyes of the public. Yes, to be seen as heroes. The Police should realize by now, that they have become pawns in a political game, with their lives used as stakes.

The Military knows that. It should be their job, as it is an external threat, they are equipped and trained for this. I am sure any soldier worth his salt is raring to go. This should be handled by the 5th Brigade Commander without sparing all the niceties. In fact there is a Tank Regiment in Kota Belud, that would make it all the more easier, minimizing the Malaysian casualties and maximizing casualties amongst the Sulu pirates. We can even use the FGA's located in Labuan. A couple of sorties with them, followed by a mortar and artillery barrage, would be nice. After which the Infantry mounted in Stormers, accompanied by tanks can finish the job. We should use these assets which are there, instead of throwing away the lives of our brave Malaysian men. This is the Defense Minister’s baby, apparently he is AWOL and still nowhere to be seen.

Lastly the stand off is not over. This blog will be at half mast for two weeks.
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 12:02 AM  
9 Comments:
  • At 9:36 PM, Blogger Starmandala said…

    A vigorous no-nonsense post, sir! Much a I detest the military solution, I recognize that until humans as a species forswear warfare and disband all armies, we must use our military defences judiciously and with great restraint. In this instance, the complete and absymal failure of our coastal security system must be candidly investigated. Once the Tausug militants landed in Sabah fully armed for battle, we really had no choice but to respond with a firm hand - with at most a 24-hour armistice to give the intruders an opportunity to leave unscathed.

     
  • At 11:04 PM, Blogger Arunzab said…

    Well said Major Swami a true blue Royal Ranger officer who has been at the front line and seen it all. It is still not too late to heed his advise !!

     
  • At 9:53 AM, Blogger Arunzab said…

    It is shocking that a retired Lt Gen who styles himself as a 'Panglima Sauk' made this statement in the NST a few days ago. I wonder what he has to say now after the killing of 3 good men.

    "In any case, it is believed that they had not come intending to fight us or our security forces. That they came led and dressed in recognisable military uniforms with clear insignias is not to appear intimidating but to be identified as a bona fide and organised military body and not terrorists or common criminals.
    A recognition that would entitle them to be regarded and treated under all the provisions of the international law on land warfare and the

     
  • At 4:59 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    I have been asking the same question from day 1.....why is the Army not involved as this is National Security and not internal Security. The Sheep doesn't understand and the Lamb (IGP) is advising one of the sheep with wrong intelligence. Furthermore to remove a Ranger Batalion from Tawau was a Military manouevre or political aspirations......Oh siu Oh Ka Manang does not exist and soon Agi idup Agi ngelaban...... Capt (R) Ganendra

     
  • At 5:01 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    @ Arunzab.....The Panglima Sauk mesmerising in his glory and UMNO contracts that he forgot what is the MAF duties.

     
  • At 7:57 PM, Anonymous Ramli Abu said…

    Well said and written Maj(R)Swami. My guess is there are still many mercenary cells (i believe are ex-MLNF - because of the tactics used during the firefight and the ruse used in the Soempoerna ambush) in Sabah lying in wait for the right moment to launch attacks and cause mayhem. If this is not put to an end now by our AForces I am afraid thismay spill over to the peninsular by means of bomb attacks.

     
  • At 9:05 PM, Anonymous Anthony Morris said…

    Nazri has forgotten that the Geneva Convention applies to all in a declared war. Nazri has forgotten that we have had two actions in the past that did not come under the GC, namely The Emergency and The Indonesian Confrontation. The Indonesian Confrontation is the closest and probably even similar to the current situation. Anyone who remembers that can remember that the intruders than were not in uniform. The war was undeclared yet there were a lot of casualties. Lee Kuan Yew signed the death warrant once to hang two Indonesian intruders caught. An army officer was rumored to have shot dead armed intruders captured after a number of Malaysian forces members were killed in cold blood. This is not a fight with the Phillipines but a fight against armed foreigners. The fight should be handled by the Angkatan Tentera Malaysia and definitely under the jurisdiction of the Defence Minister and definitely never an Internal Minister's jurisdiction. The clear English interpretation of the ministries define their areas of responsibility. Can't people understand that whether war be declared or not, the defence forces must be responsible against ANY ARMED foreign groups who has a single purpose of causing mayhem. That is the ARMY's responsible and not the police.

     
  • At 11:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    the mamak from kerala is laughing all the way to the bank. pay a pittance to ibrahim, the indian becomes a malay.

     
  • At 10:52 PM, Blogger Major D Swami (Retired) said…

    Anthony Morris, the Commanding Officer of the SIR Battalion, was enraged that his men were captured, tortured, with the front of their feet chopped off made to run and shot in the back. Even I would have shot them, that is not even close to cold blood. It would have been very much worse.

     
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