Only few days ago, I posted "Of heightened security needs..." praising our security forces for their success in rounding up armed men in Lahad Datu. Alas, I talked too soon...
Alas, I talked too soon. The first news was Friday and now 3 days later, our security forces are still there in Lahad Datu monitoring the situation when these armed men who claimed to be soldiers of Sulu sultanate refused to leave the country.
In fact the so called proclaimed Sultan Sulu claimed that they will not leave as that is their ancestral home. So where is our Prof Khoo Kay Kim? I, for one, wanted to know what is the history behind this episode. Do Malaysia pay the rent for Sabah or not? Is Sabah rented to Malaysia?
As far as I am concerned, my history teacher never said that when I was in school and the last time I checked with a recent school leaver, there is no mention that Malaysia rented Sabah for RM 5300 per year. So, can someone enlightened me on this?
Musa Aman said that we should not be provoked by stories in social media. Fine! But can someone care to explain what is going on? Some say that we have to be tactful in negotiating with these armed men because Malaysia do not want to jeorpadise the warm relationship we have with our neighbour. Does that means that Malaysia security forces will treat our neighbour citizens with kids glove and negotiate with them when there are any problems? To maintain the good relationship we have with our neighbours? Does that mean that our security forces will negotiate with foreign robbers, kidnapers, PATI, illegal workers because we don't want to jeorpadise the good relationship we have with our neighbours?
Fortunately Limbang is in Sarawak and not in Sabah. Just imagine if Limbang is in Sabah instead of Sarawak, how will Abdullah Badawi explain to the owner that he negotiate Limbang and in the process surrenders 2 blocks of oilfield to Brunei?
On the other hand, if indeed Malaysia rented Sabah from the sultanate, what rights does the Sultanate (and his armed people) got to summarily "invade" Lahad Datu? Just because I rented a home does not give exclusive rights for the houseowner to barge into my home at any time he likes. Am I correct?
Whatever it is, I really hopes that the 3 day stalemate is not because of the long CNY holidays nor is it because of the weekend holidays or whether all the top decision makers are away on holidays. This is serious and there should be a serious solution to this issue and at the same time will deter from repeats in the future.
In the meantime, I have exhausted of history books to try to comprehend the reasons and the claims made on this issue. Anybody can gove me good historical and factual reference on Sulu Sultanate claims? The closest I have is that Philipines agree to drop their Sabah claim and agree that Sabah belongs to Malaysia.
Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...