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Sabah opposition politicians hit out at police for blaming shootings on naughty teens

Questions have arisen over the coordinated shooting spree in Sabah which the police have blamed on “naughty teenagers”.

Opposition politicians lambasted the men in blue for their cavalier remark, saying that the simultaneous attacks looked too well planned to be the work of mischievous youngsters who had apparently fired marbles with air-rifles at the glass doors of various premises in the eastern state.

PKR’s national deputy secretary general Darell Leiking said the police should look seriously into the shooting spree as it was the talk of town and all kinds of theories and speculation were circulating.

“What concerns me is that the attacks look too systematic. A lot of people in Sabah are asking whether this could be a criminal act instead of a prank by naughty teenagers,” he said.

The Penampang MP called on the police to extend the registration of firearms to include air guns as such weapons are equally dangerous if used irresponsibly.

He also called on the police to release the CCTV footage to the public to help identify the culprits.

“The public might be able to identify the shooters based on their clothes or built,” he said.

State Reform Party (STAR) chairman Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan (pic) poured cold water over the police’s initial findings, saying that the attacks were too organised to be the work of teenagers.

“You don’t find teenagers carrying air guns and firing at certain premises almost at the same time. I don’t believe they are the work of normal teenagers,” he said.

He also questioned the timing of the attack, coming on the back of the current religious dispute between Muslims and Christians over the use of the word Allah during worship as well as the Sulu Sultanate claim of ownership of Sabah.

He said the authorities should conduct an indepth probe on the motive of the shootings instead of just brushing it aside.

Sabah DAP chief Jimmy Wong also has his doubts, noting that the modus operandi seemed to be too precised and well planned.

“I doubt teenagers are so free that they would go around creating such trouble,” he said.

He claimed that from the pictures that had been circulating, the troublemakers looked more like criminals than youngsters.

English daily The Star had reported that three groups of men dressed in black and wearing hoods went on a shooting spree in Kota Kinabalu, attacking about 30 establishments including hotels, banks and restaurants.

Sabah opposition politicians hit out at police for blaming shootings on naughty teens
January 13, 2014 – TMI


Billion-ringgit Esscom couldn’t prevent kidnapping?

The recent kidnap and murder of Taiwanese tourists in the Pom Pom Islands off Sampoerna is proof that the government’s Eastern Sabah Security Command Zone (Esscom) initiative has failed, said DAP.

In a statement yesterday, Sabah DAP chairperson Jimmy Wong said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, Home Minister Zahid Hamidi and Defence Minister Hishamuddin Hussein should all explain why such a tragedy has taken place even though Esscom has been in place since early this year.

Wong (right), who is also the Kota Kinabalu MP, said Esscom has cost the government RM2 billion in terms of improving military facilities, RM1 million to upgrade nine watch posts in the Sabah east coast, and also another RM75 million in allocation in the 2014 budget.

“This tragic incident has proven that all these allocations were not effective in enhancing the border protection at the east coast of Sabah,” he said.

Wong added the incident has affected the country’s international image and thus the government must now ensure the safety of the remaining hostage..

“Also, 2014 will be a Visit Malaysia year, and as Sampoerna is one of the best tourist spots in the country, the tourism industry could be affected,” he said.

Billion-ringgit Esscom couldn’t prevent kidnapping?
Nov 17, 2013 – Malaysiakini


Where is the security command in Eastern Sabah?

The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) came under attack by a furious Barisan Nasional lawmaker after gunmen stormed a holiday resort on Pom Pom island early today and killed a tourist from China before abducting his wife.

Kalabakan MP Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh (pic) flayed Esscom which was set up several months ago by Putrajaya to stop incursions by foreign terrorists into Sabah.

“This is very disappointing because it shows that Esscom is not functioning properly,” Abdul Ghapur told The Malaysian Insider.

“If these attacks are happening again, it will discourage tourists from visiting Semporna and Sipadan. This will cause Sabah to lose its tourism revenue.

“I want Esscom director-general Datuk Mohammad Mentek to give a full explanation to us on why this incident happened,” he added.

The Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) covers 1,400km of the east coast of Sabah from Kudat to Tawau.

It was established in March this year by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak following the Lahad Datu incursion by armed Sulu militants a month earlier.

Its purpose is to strengthen maritime security in the eastern part of Sabah and to prevent terrorist activity in the waters off Sabah.

Where is security command in Eastern Sabah? Barisan MP demands answers after tourist killing
November 15, 2013 – TMI


Swift action on Tian Chua, snail’s pace for Ibrahim Ali, Ridhuan Tee

MARCH 14 – PKR’s Chua Tian Chang was charged with sedition today for allegedly linking Umno to the on-going Sulu intrusion into Sabah.

Two surprises here.

One, that the Sedition Act is being used despite Putrajaya saying that the law will be repealed.

Two, allegedly offensive statements to burn Malay-language bibles by Datuk Ibrahim Ali and that against Hindus by academic Datuk Dr Ridhuan Tee have yet to see the police working as hard as they have with the Batu MP.

What does that say about double standards?

And what does that say about the priority of the powers-that-be in taking action against those who criticise the government rather than those who wound the feelings of fellow Malaysians?

Aren’t all of us supposed to be equal before the law? Is there a law for opposition MPs and one for those friendly with the government of the day?

Every Malaysian expects the police and the prosecutors to be above politics. To act without fear or favour. To investigate every case thoroughly and bring to court those who they believe have committed an offence.

In this case, the police and prosecutors have done a swift job with Tian Chua, taking him to court even as the Sulu incursion continues. Malaysians can only leave it to the wisdom of the judiciary to decide whether Tian Chua has committed sedition.

But we are in the dark over action taken against the Perkasa president and the lecturer in the National Defence University. How is it that their cases are still being investigated and no action taken?

Even if there is no case to answer, shouldn’t the people be told? At least then, they know the police are doing their job.

Justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done. The swift action against Tian Chua is glaring when compared to the snail’s pace in investigating both Ibrahim and Tee.

And it lends credence to Tian Chua’s assertion that this is all political and nothing to do with what is right or wrong.

– The Malaysian Insider

Swift action on Tian Chua, snail’s pace for Ibrahim Ali, Ridhuan Tee – The Malaysian Insider
March 14, 2013 – TMI


Election 2013 will be won in Sabah and Sarawak, says Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 — Rural Sabah and Sarawak will play a vital role in determining the victor of Election 2013, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said in a Bloomberg report today.

Anwar told the news agency he was confident of Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) success despite the alliance’s differences in ideologies, although current seat tussles between PR and component parties in both east Malaysian states indicate otherwise.

“In Sabah and Sarawak, we’ve never seen that level of support among indigenous tribes,” Anwar (picture) told Bloomberg here.

“People do concede that there’s going to be a substantial change in Sabah and Sarawak, enough to alter the shift in balance of power nationwide.”

Sabah and Sarawak are traditionally viewed as a safe vote bank for Barisan Nasional (BN), with the coalition winning 55 out of 71 seats when Sarawak held its state election in April 2011.

The de facto leader of PKR also predicted a smooth transition of power should PR win Putrajaya, thanks to the changing attitude of the police force in handling political events.

“The police have changed in the last few months,” he said.

“There’s hardly been any harassment from the police in all our programmes. It’s a pure change.”

He pointed out that the police did not obstruct the latest opposition rally, the People’s Uprising Rally in January, but instead helped to “facilitate” it.

In the aftermath of the rally, dubbed “KL112”, it was the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) that has come under the spotlight, earning praise from the public and key leaders from both the opposition and BN for exercising restraint during the event.

Election 2013 will be won in Sabah and Sarawak, says Anwar
February 21, 2013 – TMI


Sabah: Mahathir’s failed attempt at social engineering

MARCH 6 — To paint the Sabah situation as “virtuous Sabah natives” against “invading foreign terrorists” is far too simplistic.

The reality is as complex as Sabah’s political landscape, enmeshed in history and complicated by the notion of statehood.

Farish Noor explains the complicated history of the various people of North Borneo and the Philippines in his column where he says:

“In the midst of the chest-thumping, saber-rattling jingoism and hyper-nationalism we see rising in both Philippines and Malaysia today, we ought to take a step back and look at ourselves honestly in the face.”

Historically the people of Sabah are a complex mix. With the formation of countries and borders, people who are connected by history and blood are now separated by that thing we call “citizenship.”

Sabah artist Yee I-Lan sums up that divide in one of the pictures from her “Sulu stories” series. Map, from artist Yee I-Lan’s “Sulu stories”.

Of the subjects in the photo, Yee says: “One carries Malaysian identity, the other Filipino. They come from the same sea and place and knowledge.”

But while we must acknowledge history, we have to address present realities.

Whatever the Sulu descendants claim, their kingdom is long gone. Their attempt to supposedly reclaim their birthright is now seen as an act of violence.

You cannot resurrect ghosts with blood and threats.

But to people like Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia is first and foremost the land of the Malays. Sabah and Sarawak do not fit in with his tidy narrative of the country being led by Malay Muslims.

Dr Mahathir for all his statesmanship could never wrap his head around the fact that in Sabah, Muslims were not always Malay. Nor that the Malay narrative could include non-Muslims.

All you need to do is look over at Bali in Indonesia with its predominantly Hindu and unmistakeably “Malay” population. But then, this is a country where many Malays live in ignorance of, or patently deny that, their ancestors ever being Hindu.

PBS’s defiance of the federal government disturbed the status quo for Dr Mahathir. For him it was unacceptable that Sabah could be led by a Christian indigenous leader instead of a more “acceptable” Malay-Muslim.

His reasoning was to address the “problem” of a non-Muslim native majority by parachuting in more Muslims.

But the problem, Dr Mahathir, is that while the Suluks from the south of Philippines identify themselves as Muslims, they do not call themselves Malay.

Nor are the Bajau “Malay”. Neither are the Muslim indigenous peoples “Malay.”

Dr Mahathir’s poor attempt at social engineering has instead created a dangerous imbalance. The fact is that the Malaysian Sabah state cannot sustain the huge numbers of immigrants from across the border.

There are hardly any jobs for locals. Imagine how slim the pickings are for the many “visitors.”

Sabah: Mahathir’s failed attempt at social engineering
Erna Mahyuni
March 06, 2013 – TMI


Is anybody listening to what Sabahans want?

When speaking of the recent Sabah intrusion incident, many people are trying to relate it only to the bigger picture of the Malaysian government’s political issues.

But it is much deeper than that as it has crept into the fabric of the social lives of Sabahans.

I am here talking because I am a Sabahan, and my hometown is Sandakan, which is only few kilometres from where the incidents are taking place.

I am definitely very concerned over the lingering issue of never ending claim by some non-existent sultanate that has no legitimacy at all since the Suluks “lordship” was only valid around 200 years ago.

While the main decisions are being discussed and taking place miles away from across the ocean in the peninsular Malaysia, we the people of North Borneo are all living in a tense situation and in uncertainty on our own soil.

We are not given any right at all to voice our opinions over the matter. We are just like a colony without any power to decide our future, but to simply follow orders from across the ocean.

What we strongly disagree is for other people to change our historical and cultural background.

Yes, historically a small part of North Borneo belonged to the sultan of Sulu, but they have never done anything much to North Borneo in term of developing it.

The sultanate existed around 200 years ago, and it has long been forgotten and no longer recognised anywhere in the world.

They do not have any existing kingdom thus by the international law, any claim from them is no longer valid.

Now North Borneo is an independent state, and it is part of Malaysia since the last 50 years.

Malaysia by law has to protect the welfare of the state and the people of North Borneo.

And what we want is for Malaysia to once and for all to stop all these illegal claims and intrusions from the non-existent sultanate or any pirates that come to our shore to disturb the peace of our state.

We do not want any more fruitless negotiations which have been going on for years and years since the formation of the Federation of Malaysia.

We are very disappointed with the marines for failing to protect the shore of our state. All those “pirates” should have been stopped at sea, disarmed and sent back to where they belong but instead they were given all kinds of leniency on our soil.

This is not a new issue at all as there has been many illegal entries from those living in the islands of Sulu.

Unfortunately, without the consent of the people of North Borneo, those illegal immigrants have been legitimised by the government of Malaysia.

The social fabric of North Borneo has now been much distorted creating the racial and religious imbalance in our state which are all to the advantage of the federal government.

We, the native people, once the majority group on our own soil have been turned into a minority group due to this legitimisation over the years.

Another complication that arises through this legitimisation is the grabbing of the “special privileges” of the native people.

Understand that all these Suluk immigrants are Muslims, and they are automatically entitled to the special privileges which all Muslims in Malaysia are entitled to.

Our poor native people of Sabah, who are not Muslims, have now become the second class citizens on our own soil.

In other words, those legitimised immigrants with their special advantage of being Muslims, have grabbed every opportunity entitled to the native people of Sabah.

Many have received all kinds of help from the government of Malaysia which has left a smaller piece of pie to the native-born.

In conclusion, had the federal government had the best interest of Sabahans in mind, those pirates would not have an easy access into our soil.

Is anybody listening to what Sabahans want?
Lucy Ahmed
Mar 4, 2013 – Malaysiakini Letters

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