The controversial Sabah issue – Part II

sabahPart I of the controversial Sabah issue are the two blogs that I wrote earlier: http://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/governments-alleged-disregard-on-claim-has-led-to-latest-sabah-controversy/ and http://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/violence-is-inevitable-in-sabah-standoff/.

While I expressed clearly my sentiments in Part I on the fallacy and the timing by which the Sultanate of Sulu, under self-declared Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, plotted and ordered a cockeyed occupation of Sabah, a known Malaysian territory, in an attempt to claim it for the sultanate and, even, anticipated a grim scenario if they won’t give up their foolish adventurism, which eventually happened when over 50 of Kiram’s soldiers were killed, Part II of the controversial issue, however, is totally a different matter.

Not because the Malaysian security forces were able to neutralize Kiram’s blind followers in arms, who are first and foremost Filipinos, and had been able to raise their colors on Sabah signifying their sovereignty of the state, that they will just keep on persecuting every Filipino, as well, who are innocent and have made their homes in Sabah and treat them like bandits.

I think Malaysia’s resolve of solving the Sabah crisis has gone too far.

Reports that innocent Filipinos were being beaten and shot by Malaysian security forces as part of the crackdown against the followers of Kiram is not only alarming, but disappointing, as well, in the light of the country’s seemingly good relationship with Malaysia.

While our country’s relationship with Malaysia is important for peace to have a good foundation in Mindanao so that the establishment of the new autonomous political entity, the Bangsamoro, will materialize and effectively function, the Philippine government, however, under President Benigno Aquino should act fast and tackle this problem with tenacity to stop the atrocities committed by the Malaysians against innocent Filipinos in Sabah.

It now befalls on President Aquino to lead and be obligated to defend every Filipino being pitilessly treated abroad. Malaysia should not be exempted.

It is a fact that Filipino Muslims from the southern Philippines have been crossing the maritime border with Sabah freely for centuries, to find work and to trade. Many have lived in Sabah for years.

Just because a group of armed Filipino Muslim rebels showed intrepidity, but was actually a  clear exercise in futility from the very beginning in reclaiming what they think historically is theirs, and was easily contained by Malaysia’s superior firepower, does not give them the right to be repressive to other peaceful Filipinos living in Sabah.

It is simply a wrong display of authority by a sovereign nation, but the right display of arrogant leadership – it is.

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2 comments on “The controversial Sabah issue – Part II

  1. Apolinario Villalobos says:

    Arrogance, indeed, is the right word to describe the stance of Malaysia. If the Ph President will not show a clear hand in the Sabah issue, Malaysia will presume that our leadership is that “soft” as shown by the West Phil Sea issue which took months before the case has been finally brought to the international court of justice. The father of the Ph president exposed the plan of Marcos putting the security of our country in a perilous situation. And, to think (for me, personally) that Marcos’ intention was for the sake of our country – to get back what is ours. Ninoy Aquino did it just because Marcos was a “kontra partido”. And, now the same thing is happening. Just because the people who are helping the Kirams belong to the other side, the president seems soft in his approach to remedy the situation. Worse, the other day, it was exposed, that the “author” of the conspiracy scheme works in Malacanan.

    • quierosaber says:

      I just hope any planned investigation on this issue will ferret out the truth. The people deserves no less. But I don’t really think that at this stage the equation will change. You have been right in your assessment that Malaysia is doing to Sabah what China is doing to South China Sea and the East China Sea.
      Malaysia claim is even more realistic than China’s because of its proximity and existing dominion of the place.

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