Part 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.