Musa Must Urgently Whisper In PM’s Ears For A Border Wall At Sebatik

This is a sign post supposedly erected on the Indonesian side of Sebatik. It is alleged that Indonesians can freely walk in and out of the Sabah side, while some have encroached on Malaysian territory.
This is a sign post supposedly erected on the Indonesian side of Sebatik. It is alleged that Indonesians can freely walk in and out of the Sabah side, while some have encroached on Malaysian territory.

By THE BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KOTA KINABALU – The Chief Minister and his Cabinet has been urged to seriously look into the request made by Sebatik State Assemblyman, Abdul Muis Picho that a concrete wall be erected at the border of Malaysia and Indonesia at Pulau Sebatik.

Darell Leiking
Darell Leiking

The Member of Parliament for Penampang, Darell Leiking said he was shocked to read in the news stating that our border stone (demarcating the border) had been removed by our Indonesian neighbours.

“I am shocked to read the news report,” he said in a statement Tuesday. “It is such a despicable act on the part of the Indonesians to do so but it is far more embarrassing for Malaysia and the Sabah Government for allowing this to happen in the first instance.”

Leiking said this would not have happened in the first place if the federal Government had been serious in protecting the sovereignty and dignity of Sabah by ensuring its borders are secure.

Leiking suggested that since Musa has often boasted of having a very good relationship with the Federal Government and only needs to whisper to the Prime Minister for assistance and development, Musa must now immediately impress Najib Razak the necessity to have stricter border control.

DAMNING SILENCE TO MUIS PICHO’S DISCLOSURES ON SEBATIK

BorneoToday Sunday columnist ‘Fly on the Wall’ had commented on the lackadaisical attitude (by the Malaysian authorities) towards border security which the writer said is worrying. He quite rightly pointed out that border security is everything to do with a nation’s sovereignty.

The Indonesian flag is planted along the border somewhere on Sebatik island.
The Indonesian flag is planted along the border somewhere on Sebatik island.

Musa and both Putrajaya as well as Sabah leaders have kept mum on Muis Picho’s disclosures as well as call for a wall to be built along the border.

“Musa must at least consider the proposal made by Muis,” said the Parti Warisan Sabah deputy president, adding that more outposts at strategic places are required, with regular reconnaisance/surveillance and intelligence gathering.

“This is more so since defence and security are the responsibility of the Federal Government as agreed to under the Malaysian Agreement 1963,” he contended.

He also highlighted it that if ordinary villagers could argue and fought over a removed border stone, what more of a place said to hold massive oil reserves.

While our Indonesian neighbour may not be that hostile, we cannot possibly wait an incident to happen that finally make our Federal Government to take things seriously, he added.

NO MORE EXCUSES FROM BN LEADERS AND GOVERNMENT

Leiking said the Federal Government leaders continuously blame the ‘porous border’ as reason for multiple incidences of kidnapping, trespassing and encroachment though they are spending billions of ringgit every year for the defense budget.

Pulau Sebatik; half is Malaysian and the other half belongs to Indonesia.
Pulau Sebatik; half is Malaysian and the other half belongs to Indonesia.

He said he had asked the Home Minister last year in a Parliament question regards the Transmedia Indonesia documentary depicting the human smuggling syndicate from that country into Sabah that this had been conveniently ignored.

“Isn’t it the obligation on the part of our Federal Government to investigate this matter immediately in view that this issue clearly undermines our State’s sovereignty and security,” he queried.

“Imagine how Sabahans feel when treated as if having no value at all in a federation that had actually promised a secured State for all to live in,” he added.

According to Leiking, he feels saddened when some of BN Sabah component party leaders portray the opposition, especially Warisan, as manipulators for political mileage while at the same time, unashamedly paint rosy pictures about UMNO and Najib Razak when it is all too obvious that our sovereignty and security are the last in their minds.

He said there are BN Sabah leaders like Ghapur Salleh (Kalabakan) and Marcus Mojigoh (Putatan) together with other former BN and Warisan leaders who consistently lament the sorry state we are currently in.

“I hope that there will be no more excuses from our BN Sabah component party leaders and the Chief Minister to immediately implement the proposal made by Abdul Muis,” he added.

Read alsohttp://www.borneotoday.net/major-worry-sabahs-lackadaisical-attitude-towards-border-security/