DPM Warns Sabah, S’wak Nationalists Of Severe Punishment For Incitement


KUALA LUMPUR: Those inciting the people with the slogans “Sabah for Sabah” and “Sarawak for Sarawak” have been warned that they can be severely punished as such actions may lead to anarchy and national instability.

Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said these people are playing with fire and such slogans are against the spirit of the Federal Constitution.

Speaking at the opening of the 2017 Umno Wanita, Youth and Puteri wings general assembly on Tuesday at the Putra World Trade Centre, Zahid, who is also acting Umno deputy president, said:

“The action of some who seditiously incite the people with the slogans “Sabah for Sabah” and “Sarawak for Sarawak” is It is this playing with fire that may lead to anarchy and national instability.

“As has been observed, when the people fight, others reap the profit. Let us not reach the point where we suffer due to the intervention of foreign ploys and incitement.

“I want to remind them that this is a very serious crime and they can be severely punished. Nobody is above the law. Why must this be allowed to happen?

A group of Sabah Umno delegates at a pre-Umno congress gathering at the Putra World Trade Centre on Tuesday. Picture shows Anifah Aman, the Kimanis MP and division chief having a word with Ghulam Haidarkhan Bahadar, the Umno Papar deputy chief.

Zahid said this subversive action takes place when there are leaders who are trapped in the ploy of political masterminds who are bankrupt of ideas and souls. Because of their political lust and greed, serving these puppeteers, they are willing to be pawns on a chessboard.

He urged the people to take a look at what happened in Catalunya which wanted to secede from Spain, but did not receive the blessings of the leaders in Madrid and their King.

“The separatist leaders are now hunted to be thrown in jail,” stressed.

Touching on religion, Zahid said Article 3 of the Federal Constitution clearly states Islam is the religion of the Federation.

“Nevertheless, other religions may be practised freely,” said Zahid, adding that this is the distinction of our civilisation.

“This is the essential matter that must be understood and appreciated by multiracial Malaysians. God has determined that this country be made up of various races. In all fairness, this should the cornerstone of the nation’s manifesto,” he added.

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The deputy Prime Minister also told the delegates that the security in Sabah and Sarawak has not been neglected.

The establishment of ESSCOM and the proposed construction of border walls utilising the latest technology highlight the government’s concerns towards national security, he pointed out.

“A total of RM250 million has been allocated to upgrade ESSCOM’s assets. Who says we do not care about the people of Sabah and Sarawak? Through the ICQ upgrade, we also provide state-of-the-art technology at every entry point,” he added.

He also said that Umno does not hold a narrow agenda in fighting solely for the fate of the Malays. Umno practises inclusive politics and that Umno is a battle platform for all people of all races.

“Umno is the pillar of strength for Barisan Nasional. We are willing to share power with our coalition partners, not only in the peninsula but also in Sabah and Sarawak,” Zahid added.

Featured photo: Photo courtesy of Syarafiq Abdul Samad/bharian.com.my