By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
PENAMPANG: The latest claim by the Philippines’ government to include Sabah as the republic’s “13th” state has enraged Sabahans and Parti Warisan Sabah says enough is enough.
Darell Leiking (photo), its deputy President, said the Malaysian government and particularly, the Sabah BN leaders must provide a solution once and for all to put an end to the repeated claims by the Philippines on Sabah.
“Sabah BN leaders must come out with a concrete solution once and for all vis diplomatic channels or through the United Nations to send a clear message to Manila that it should stop this act of provocation and drop their unsubstantiated claim over our Sabah,” said Leiking who is also the Member of Parliament for Penampang.
“How could you expect Sabahans to believe the assurances that this Federal Government is protecting Sabah’s rights and interests through BN when the Sabah claim has been repeated time and time again by Manila?
“Their threat could be real and imminent as we already know thru the RCI that their citizens have already inserted and assimilated themselves into our society.”
He also expressed his disappointment with the statement given by the government through Anifah Aman, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in response to the proposal by the Philippines Federal Government to include Sabah as that country’s ’13th’ State.
“I wonder if any of Sabah’s Federal Cabinet Ministers deliberate on the Manila claim during their weekly Federal Cabinet Meeting,” he queried.
I ASSUME THIS MAY BE THE ROOT CAUSE FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS BOLDLY ENTERING SABAH WITHOUT ANY FEAR BECAUSE THEY CONTINUE TO WRONGLY BELIEVE THAT SABAH IS THEIRS
“If they haven’t, then I advise them to do so because this issue extends beyond politics or geo-politics.
“This is clearly an act of provocation by Manila not only towards Sabahans but also to Putrajaya, and it must be attended to immediately by the Malaysian government!”
Leiking said the fact that the BN government had not made any effort to provide a real solution to the IC Project only served to heighten suspicions that there could be more detrimental circumstances threatening the security of Sabah for which the government is unable to address.
“Could this be connected to the Philippines’ claim on Sabah?” he asked.
Leiking contends that if the claim by Manila has no basis, then the BN-led government should have no problems at all in tackling the issue once and for all.
“I want to ask the Sabah BN leaders now – why would they trouble themselves to counter matters related to the State’s rights such as MA63 through the establishment of an official governmental body (Committee on State’s Rights) and non-official body (MySabah) and yet is unconcerned with setting up a special committee to investigate, deliberate and end once and for all the Manila claim over our sovereign Sabah!
“As a Sabahan, I deem it a serious issue when Manila bravely makes a claim on Sabah as the 13th State. I assume this may be the root cause for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants boldly entering Sabah without any fear because they continue to wrongly believe that Sabah is theirs.”
Leiking said the BN-led Federal Government cannot keep on saying it did not recognise the claim over Sabah by Manila just because the government thinks that the issue had no political backlash.
“If the government responds only when the people begin to talk, as how it usually reacts on many issues in Malaysia, then that is a very irresponsible government!
“This government should reprimand Manila just as Najib did when America recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
He also believes the claim may eventually turn away foreign investors from Sabah because the state would be deemed unsafe, especially when the RCI had not solved the problem of illegal immigrants becoming citizens as described in the “Project IC” that was revealed during the RCI.
“The longer it takes to act and further non-action on this issue will cause a great deal of anger and resentment in Sabahans towards the Federal Government who assumed the duty of safeguarding National Security and foreign matters when Sabah agreed to form the Federation of Malaysia,” he concluded.
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