Sunday, April 7, 2013
Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO and Datuk Seri Michelle Yeoh has been named "Malaysia Brand Ambassadors" at the World Economic Forum (WEF) held in Davos, Switzerland, 25 January 2013.
Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO and Datuk Seri Michelle Yeoh has been named "Malaysia Brand Ambassadors" at the World Economic Forum (WEF) held in Davos, Switzerland.
The "Malaysian Night" held on Friday, 25 January 2013 was the highlight of Malaysia's participation in this year's World Economic Forum in Davos. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak attended the function which highlighted Malaysia's best success stories and potential for the international market to see. Tan Sri Tony Fernandes is the lead example of a successful Malaysian businessman.
Michelle Yeoh or James Bond Girl is Malaysia's leading actress, popular across the world.
Inilah saat yang dinanti rakyat jelata di Sabah apabila Dewan undangan negeri Sabah dibubarkan pada kira kira 3.45 petang 3 April 2013 bersamaan Rabu selepas TYT Sabah Tun Juhar Mahiruddin menanda tangani peristyharan pembubaran DUN Sabah yang dikemukakan Ketua Menteri Sabah, YAB Datuk Seri Musa Aman di Istana Negeri, Kota Kinabalu.
BN Sabah menang 59 daripada 60 kerusi DUN dan 24 daripada 25 kerusi parlimen pada PRU 12, 2008.
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THE KINGMAKERS OF BORNEO
By Nilakrisna James
This is the writer, Nilakrisna James.
In 2011, the late Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min, former Minister of the State Government of Sarawak, handed me an autographed copy of his book, “The Birth of Malaysia”.
Despite the United Borneo Front’s proposal to have this coveted piece of literature as part of the history textbooks in the national curriculum for Secondary Schools, many are still deprived access to this book and are completely unaware that the contents of this book merely includes the essential reports prior to the formation of Malaysia in 1963. Within these reports are essential viewpoints and insights into what the people of North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak wanted from the Central Government of the proposed Federation of Malaysia, now known as the Malaysian Federal Government.
There is no point harping on racial or religious grounds about the consequences of the IC issue in the RCI if we do not remember that these issues were the very fears expressed in the reports that were made and drafted over 50 years ago.
I consider it my duty to the nation as an ordinary citizen to now progressively work through these reports and summarise the key points of these reports prior to the election so that we will make an informed decision about who we really want as the masters of our economic fate in Borneo. I am writing this in response to the illegal IC debate which I believe goes to the very root of the issue of a breach of Sabah’s territorial integrity and the heart of our future political security.
The Malaysia Agreement 1963
The Malaysia Agreement was signed on the 9th July 1963 between the United Kingdom, the Federation of Malaya, North Borneo (now Sabah), Sarawak and Singapore. Without the Malaysia Agreement, Malaysia would not exist.
Without the Malaysia Agreement, Sabah and Sarawak would not be part of Malaysia.
The Malaysia Agreement therefore stands as the most important document in the history of Malaysia. Unlike the Federal Constitution, it can NEVER be amended by anybody unless the territories that originally signed it decide once more to return to the negotiation room and determine a new future.
The Malaysia Agreement is also an agreement that has no time limit and not bound by any limitation. If the Malaysia Agreement had a time limit, then the territories which signed the Agreement will no longer be bound to one another upon expiry of that time limit. So, logically, the Malaysia Agreement stands timeless.
If this was an ordinary Agreement, breach of any of its clauses could be challenged. If it was an ordinary Agreement, it would have stipulated what must be done if there was a breach of the clauses. The Malaysia Agreement remains silent on the issue of breach.
This is deliberate. The Malaysia Agreement was drafted deliberately in its simplest form to allow the maximum loopholes and flexibility so that the territories which signed the Malaysia Agreement will have no unreasonable restrictions in determining their fates in the Federation of Malaysia. With top lawyers as signatories to the Malaysia Agreement, it would be inconceivable that the Agreement was drafted without careful thought and arrangement. Some of the signatories were educated and could have had access to the best legal advisers in the UK. The Malaysia Agreement therefore was calculated to be silent on some issues and loud on others.
When Singapore exited the Malaysia Agreement in 1965, there was much debate in parliament which is well recorded. No matter how much discussion went on there, they knew full well that nobody could challenge Singapore based on the Malaysia Agreement. Indeed they could not challenge Singapore based on any other legal document either. So it was all talk amongst Malaysian politicians with no impact on Singapore. Singapore went on to become the richest of the territories that entered into the Malaysia Agreement and Singapore was neither sued for their exit nor legally challenged. Lee Kuan Yew had one of the best legal minds in the East and he was no fool. If he wanted to continue leading Singapore, he knew he could not screw up his decision for Singapore in 1965. Nearly fifty years on, the guy is still standing tall with no regrets except his admission to me of “deep collateral guilt” for the people of North Borneo and Sarawak.
To understand the gravity of this situation therefore, all Malaysians must understand that the Malaysia Agreement was not a unilateral decision made by the Government of Malaya. Malaysia was formed because the British had to decide how best to dispose of their two colonies, Sabah and Sarawak.
Before they could form Malaysia and sign the Malaysia Agreement therefore the British proposed that a Commission of Enquiry be carried out in North Borneo and Sarawak in 1962 to determine how the people of the Borneo territories felt about the proposal.
The idea had already been discussed between the British and Malayan Governments in 1961 and on principle, Singapore and Malaya had by then agreed to merge and it was merely a question of seeking the views of the people of North Borneo and Sarawak and also the Sultan of Brunei, as to whether Brunei would also wish to join the new Malaysia.
Brunei, which was far smaller than the territories of Sabah and Sarawak, and yet in view of its proximity would have been subjected to the very same fears of communism at the time, somehow had a far better excuse not to enter into the Malaysia Agreement, which the British Government seemed to have fully respected.
The Malaysia Agreement was eventually signed after a Commission of Enquiry was carried out in North Borneo and Sarawak and two reports were presented to the British Government. These two reports were:-
1. Report of the Commission of Enquiry, North Borneo and Sarawak 1962 (Cobbold Report)
2. Report of the Inter-Governmental Committee 1962 (IGC Report)
The Commission of Enquiry
Appendix B of the Cobbold Report shows the Census Abstract for North Borneo and Sarawak in 1960.
In North Borneo, the population in 1960 was 454,421. They had 304 graduates, which was about 0.07% of their population.
In Sarawak, the population in 1960 was 744,529. They had 548 graduates, which was also about 0.07% of their population.
The Cobbold Commission sent out open invitations to the people of North Borneo and Sarawak to give their views both orally and in written form.
Of a combined total population of 1,198,950 people in North Borneo and Sarawak, the Cobbold Commission received 2,200 written letters and memoranda (0.183% of the population) and 4000 or so people appeared to give their views orally (0.334% of the population).
In 1962, the Cobbold Commission that heard HALF A PERCENT (0.5%) of the total population of North Borneo and Sarawak decided that this represented an affirmative decision to proceed with the signing of the Malaysia Agreement, even though a significant proportion of the 0.5% who bothered to respond to the Cobbold Commission had expressed reservations to the idea of forming Malaysia and requested more time.
With only 852 graduates in total, it is unclear how many of these graduates bothered to give their views. In any event, North Borneo and Sarawak did not have the intellectual capacity to form a pool of educated leaders to decide their political destiny in 1962.
Like schoolboys in a sandpit, a parody of ‘Lord of the Flies’ was inevitable as power struggles developed between people who were selected based on their popularity and political leanings rather than their intellectual prowess. For men who had only known subservience and wars, our forefathers were expected to develop democracy and political structures with civilisations that were centuries ahead of us. In 50 years, we are expected to develop the intellectual capacity of nations that began developing these political structures in the 16th century. Barely a hundred years ago, we were considered merely savages and uncivilised people.
It is no wonder to me that in 2013, we are still sweeping the mess under the carpets. The arrogance is more than evident, the greed glaring in the face of the nation and the vast majority of us, nearly all of us, stay silent, as we did in 1962, still somewhat savage and uncivilised in the way we attack each other politically.
The Cobbold Commission must therefore, posthumously, take full responsibility for a premature recommendation that has on hindsight led to more devastating consequences than could have possibly been predicted by even 0.07% of the population in 1962. We have lost all sense of harmony as documented in the Cobbold Report and we have become angry with each other, with foreigners, with our fingers pointing in all directions so that everybody has a part to play in the chaos and hatred. This is, by all accounts, tragic and devastating and, as a nation, we have lost our humanity. We no longer have faith in our system because we have stopped trusting anybody. We assume first and foremost that our neighbour has a bone to pick with us.
A small proportion of the population cares about the weak, the animals, the refugees and those who seek shelter in our country. A huge proportion of this population feel disenfranchised and cheated of their rights: their voting rights, their racial rights, their religious rights, their native rights, their territorial rights, their economic rights, their political rights, their freedom rights, their civil rights, their marching rights, their union rights, their welfare rights, their medical rights, their educational rights, and it goes on. They will get to the cause of this disenfranchisement and someone must take the blame: those who lead, those who benefit, those who are related, those who are more well-off, those who try to stop the chaos, those who are simply in the way of these arguments.
The rights can easily be negotiated within reasonable parameters but we still have savages who can never get it right.
We are simply, in the eyes of all developed civilisations, pathetic and ridiculous. By all accounts, it is still perhaps only 0.07% of the nation that can reasonably lead this country. Yet, the nation will stay silent, as they did in 1962. Our votes will never be enough to make a sizeable representation of what we feel as a nation and what we want as our future political destiny. We vote not by logic but by sentiments and so it is easy for us to be manipulated and fooled.
The security of Sabah and Sarawak
And so, in Borneo, we have no choice. To be known as the Borneo Kingmakers, to be the one who could hold the Federal Powers to reason and harness the security of our borders and immigration status, to be in a position to secure our 60 State seats and 25 Parliamentary seats in Sabah, to be in a position of phenomenal wealth and power so as to never have to bow and say yes to Malayan Federal orders, and more importantly to be able to hold Malaya to its Malaysia Agreement promises, the leaders at the helm of Sabah and Sarawak must be the type of leaders that common ordinary folk commonly describe as a dictator and a tyrant; men accused typically of rising to the top through corruption and raping of resources and holding the populace at bay with enough to keep them financially stable. Such leaders would belong to 0.07% of the population of Sabah and Sarawak and they stand out as leaders who are charismatic enough to secure the forests and immense oil and gas reserves that are offshore and onshore the island of Borneo. We need these leaders to secure our rights in Borneo and ensure that every nominated Sabah and Sarawak minister at the State and Federal level will be taken seriously enough to hold immense portfolios and corporate positions so that the reality of Borneonisation is observed without having to say so. They secured these realities through ways which we can never agree with and yet, there is no other way than to go through the coffers of our immense resources. They needed a form of silent mandate from the silent majority of people in Borneo to gather enough wealth to put them in a position of power that makes them more powerful than any other leader in the other 11 States of Malaysia. They know full well they can never secure the mandate of the public to reach the top and so they did what they felt they had to do before any other leader from the other 11 States got there first.
Any man or woman with the ambition of being powerful enough to sit on the same level playing field as the Prime Minister of Malaysia would have done exactly the same thing as such leaders in Sabah and Sarawak without a shred of remorse. We are too small to be significant and so we simply cannot afford to be sentimental and idealistic. We have to be ruthless, bold and follow the path of fierce logic to achieve our part of the bargain in 1963 when we signed the Malaysia Agreement.
Neither you nor I, if we qualified as 0.07% of the brains of Borneo, would have done it differently. It comes to mind therefore that even if I were ever given the mandate to lead Sabah as the Chief Minister, I would have probably followed in exactly the same footsteps as Musa Aman and Harris Salleh before him, with one exception. I would have amalgamated with Taib Mahmud and ensured the victory of whichever coalition we wish to negotiate with in West Malaysia but I would not allow Taib to take Sabah for a ride. It does not matter who the next Prime Minister of Malaysia is because at this point, by whatever means they took to achieve it, both Musa and Taib are the only two leaders in Sabah and Sarawak who would have the tenacity, the money and the balls to stand to the end like Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein and Robert Mugabe: big guys in small places who wrapped big guys in big places around their little fingers, while the rest of the world complains.
By Nilakrisna James
Copyright 13 Feb 2013 and published with permission from writer.
Nilakrisna James is a lawyer, writer and activist who co-founded the apolitical NGO, United Borneo Front, in 2010 with politician, Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan. They parted ways at the end of 2011 when Dr. Jeffrey assumed the Chairmanship of STAR as an oppositional leader independent of any Federal led coalition. Nilakrisna remains a member of UPKO, a native component party of the ruling Barisan National alliance.
Chelsea FC Soccer School, launched in Sabah on Saturday 6 April 2013 at SM La Salle school field, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu.
Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce an official Chelsea FC Soccer School that was launched in Sabah on Saturday 6 April 2013 at SM La Salle school field, Tanjung Aru, near Kota Kinabalu.
It is the club’s second Soccer School in Malaysia following the launch of a school in Kuala Lumpur in 2011.
For the Kota Kinabalu base, Chelsea FC Soccer School Sabah will be collaborating with the The Association of Ex Student of La Salle and Sacred Heart. All young players aged between 8 and 16 are invited to join the Soccer School.
This is the latest development in the club’s efforts to support and develop grassroots football in the region through the Here To Play, Here To Stay scheme. Chelsea will visit the region this summer during the pre-season tour. They will face the Malaysian XI on Sunday 21 July 2013 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
The new school in Sabah will provide a structured introduction to the game and offer talented players an opportunity to further their football education in a two-tiered development system.
Chelsea defender David Luiz welcomed the latest Chelsea FC Soccer School: “Chelsea Soccer Schools give children of all abilities the chance to train on outstanding facilities and receive high-quality coaching. We are delighted that young people in Sabah will be able to enjoy themselves, get a head start in the game and have fun making new friends and learning new skills.”
Ken Shellito, coaching director of the Chelsea FC Soccer School in Sabah, said: “It is great to have wonderful partners supporting our programmes and understanding the importance of youth development. Through the Chelsea FC Soccer School Sabah, footballers from the area will be given the best possible start in the game.”
The Chelsea FC Soccer School is managed by Catatan Borneo Sdn Bhd. The school will be led by Shellito, former Chelsea FC player and manager, as coaching director. He will work alongside former Sabah team captain Tuan Haji Shahriman Abdullah, who led the Sabahawks to their Super League promotion in 2009 as Team Manager cum Sabah Football Association (SAFA) Treasurer.
Former national playmaker once dubbed South East Asia’s best midfielder, Yap Wai Loon, former national striker SuharminYusof, ex Rhinos speedy forward Harun Laban, former Sabah semi-pro team captain Ahman Omar Khan, former Borneo Cup player and state assistant coach AzahEzrein, SM La Salle teachers Mohd Kamal Kakom Abdullah@Zatin and Osman Mehat are also involved in the programme as coaches.
The school will cater for kids from Kota Kinabalu and surrounding areas and there are plans in place to expand into other district within Sabah in the near future.
According to Shellito who once guided the Sabah Rhinos back in 1998 (FA Cup runners up and Malaysia Cup semi-finalist), CFCSS Sabah aims to recruit more than 1,000 aspiring footballers statewide within two years.
Shellito added: “We just want to assist SAFA in developing football from the grass root level in the state. It is my wish to see CFCSS Sabah act as a talent provider for SAFA and Malaysia as whole.”
The Chelsea FC Soccer School Sabah will receive support and generous sponsorship from Chan and Shahriman Architect, Halim, Shahriman and Associates, Sabaland Construction SdnBhd, Best Delight Travel and Tours, Adidas Malaysia and Reena Enterprise.
All the best Chelsea. Long Live Liverpool...!!!
Education officers and personnel received a pat on the back by Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman for their commitment
Friday April 5th, 2013
KOTA KINABALU: Education officers and personnel received a pat on the back by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman for their high commitment in the efforts to uplift education standard in the state.
"We can see Sabah’s public examination results improving each year and this reflects your hard work and that you are doing your job," he said during a meeting with state education officers in Sri Gaya, here Friday.
Comprising head of sectors, school inspectorates, and district education officers, the state education officers were led by new State Education Director, Jame Alip.According to Musa, state educationists deserve praises as they managed to discharge their duties well despite some shortcomings here and there.
“But what is important is we do our job,” he said, adding that he had been involved in the education field since he was in Yayasan Sabah and having worked with all the state education directors.
Musa said due credit must be given to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for bringing all the beneficial development programmes for the country and Sabah.
“I am not trying to go out my way to simply praise the Prime Minister but it has been proven that he (Najib) is very attentive and concerned about Sabah and its people’s needs.
“He knows that Sabah being the second largest state in Malaysia definitely needed huge allocation for development.
“We can also see in the recent Lahad Datu intrusion incident where we lost 10 of our security forces personnel. After providing the necessary assistance and contribution to the families of the fallen heroes he immediately announced the setting up of ESSCOM and ESSZONE.
“He deployed five army battalions and approved millions of ringgit allocation to set up the necessary infrastructure to beef up security (in the East Coast),” he said.
Musa said as far as in the education field, Najib had introduced so many policies that benefited the people such as the waiver of school fees and providing assistance vouchers for school children among others.
Musa said the fact that Sabah now has more than RM3 billion in reserves and acknowledged as among the best financially managed states in the country speaks for itself.
He said so far, the Sabah Economic and Investment Development Authority (Sedia) had received about RM122 billion worth of investments under the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) initiatives, while Sabah continued to receive foreign visitors to Semporna and Sipadan Island.
On another note, Musa expressed appreciation to all education officers and personnel in the state.
“You have a very important role in the development of the country … without your help out our country will never have what we have today,” he said.
April 7, 2013
TAWAU: The Barisan Nasional (BN) Manifesto that was unveiled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Saturday is a promise to the people that will be fulfilled, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman.
“BN government’s track record has been proven. Why should we promise something that we cannot keep?” he asked.
Speaking to open the Yayasan Sabah Roadshow with the people for the East Coast South zone at the Community Centre here Sunday, Musa said he was with other BN leaders during the unveiling of the manifesto in Bukit Jalil.
“It is an “Aku Janji” (I Promise) Manifesto, an agreement between the BN and the people that there will be more benefits and perks for the people when the BN is again given the mandate by the people in the coming 13th General Election,” he said.
He said BN’s promise to build the 2,300km Pan-Borneo Highway from Sematan in Sarawak to Serudung in Sabah, which is located in the district would benefit the people, particularly those residing in the interior as they would be connected by road.
He said people with monthly income below RM3,000 would also benefit as the BN promised to increase the BR1M gradually from RM500 up to RM1,200 as well as from RM250 to RM600 for the single people.
Sabah would also be included in the construction of one million houses under PR1MA, he said.
Meanwhile, Musa who is also Chairman of the Yayasan Sabah Board of Trustees said the roadshow would allow the foundation to inform the people on the programmes it had implemented in complementing the State and Federal government’s role to bring development to the people.
“With good and efficient management Yayasan Sabah is able to supplement the work of the State government to bring progress and uplifting the social and economic standard of the people in the state,” he said.
“It also shows that Yayasan Sabah is doing its job. This is the aspiration of the BN government that is to have more development programmes,” he said.
As for the State Government, he reiterated that it had been acknowledged by the Auditor General to be among the best financially-managed state and has good reserves in its coffers.
“That is why we are able to increase the allocation to the various ministries for them to carry out their jobs better,” he said.
Musa also said on behalf of the people and State Government appreciated the sacrifices of the security forces, particularly in the Lahad Datu intrusion incident where 10 of the country’s security forces have died.
He said a special performance by soldiers was included in the roadshow opening programme was to show to the people that the security forces’ was very well appreciated.
“Unlike the opposition leaders who accused the whole incident was a drama by Umno. Our people have lost their lives and they are calling it a drama?
“The people can see for themselves now the true colours of the opposition leaders,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said that since the government and leadership had been good, the people would be comfortable and happy.
He believed the people here and throughout the state are very wise in making their choice in the coming election.
Afterwards, he also received former members and leaders from Parti Keadilan Rakyat and Sabah Progressive Party here who ditched their parties to join the BN.
On another note, Musa paid a visit to the widow and family of Sgt Salam Tukiran who was killed in the ambush by the Sulu terrorists in Kampung Simunul, Semporna in Taman Seri Indah off Jalan Apas.
He gave words of encouragement to Salam’s wife, Marlinah Utan and chatted with their children for about nearly 20 minutes before leaving to Tawau Airport to catch a flight back to Kota Kinabalu.
TAWAU: The Barisan Nasional (BN) government plans to relocate all the Kampung Tanjung Batu Tengah residents to a safer place.
April 7, 2013
TAWAU: The Barisan Nasional (BN) government plans to relocate all the Kampung Tanjung Batu Tengah residents in Jalan Kukusan here to a safer place.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman said he was saddened by Saturday’s incident when huge boulders came loose from the top of the Kukusan Hill and fell on seven houses below injuring at least six people in the process.
Making an impromptu visit to the village right after officiating at the Yayasan Sabah roadshow on Sunday, Musa said the BN government is sensitive to the people’s needs.
He said local leaders like Kalabakan MP Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh and Tanjung Batu Assemblywoman Datuk Hamisa Samat would discussed with relevant quarters including the Tawau Municipal Council on the best that can be done for the villagers.
“It is important that we avoid disaster from happening … so I hope the villagers will not panic because your safety is our priority,” he said.
Ghapur, earlier said the incident was unavoidable since the village was located so close to the stone quarry and that it may happen again in the future.
He proposed that the victims comprising 12 families to be relocated to the Taman Semarak people housing project.
According to the authorities, these families could no longer stay there and that the rest should also be shifted in stages not only in Taman Semarak but also Pasir Putih.
“We have to move the people out from here because it is very risky for them to continue staying here,” he said.
Hamisa informed the Chief Minister that the incident affected 45 occupants who are now taking shelter in the surau and some in their relatives’ house.
She said there are 474 houses in the village and about 220 of the residents are voters.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister presented his personal donation of RM1,000 to each of the family who were also given RM1,000 each by Ghapur and quarry operator, Hap Seng as well as RM500 each from Hamisa.
Musa and entourage also went to the scene and look at the extent of damages caused by the falling rock.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Datu Dr Akjan bin Datu Ali Muhammad yang pernah ditabalkan Sultan Sulu suatu ketika dulu, TIDAK SOKONG pengganas Kiram
Kenyataan Akhbar oleh:
Dr Datu Mohd Akjan B. Datu Ali Muhammad,
Pengerusi Pertubuhan Kebajikan Dan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (PEKIDA) Sabah, sempena Sidang Media di Kg Likas, Kota Kinabalu, pada 10 Mar, 2013. Untuk rekod, Datu Akjan pernah ditabalkan sebagai Sultan Sulu pada 2011 pada satu istiadat di Kota Kinabalu.
KOTA KINABALU, March 10, 2013: Pertubuhan Kebajikan Dan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (PEKIDA) Sabah Pengerusi Dr Datu Mohd Akjan B. Datu Ali Muhammad telah menggesa pemimpin dan ahli-ahlinya di Sabah, mereka yang kini menetap di Lahad Datu terutamanya, mengelak daripada memberi apa-apa bentuk bantuan kepada penceroboh dari Pilipina.
Saya menegaskan di sini bahawa mereka sebaliknya harus memberikan apa jua sokongan dan bantuan kepada pasukan keselamatan Malaysia, demi menghalang dan menentang penceroboh daripada memasuki ke dalam daerah-daerah yang lain di negeri Sabah.
Saya juga telah mengingatkan ahli-ahli PEKIDA dan masyarakat Tausug (Suluk) di Sabah bahawa mereka adalah warganegara Malaysia dan haruslah sentiasa meletakkan kesetiaan mereka kepada Malaysia, dan menjadi antara yang pertama untuk melangkah ke hadapan untuk mempertahankan negara, apabila negara kita menghadapi ancaman dari luar.
Sebagai Pengerusi PEKIDA Negeri Sabah, saya ingin menegaskan bahawa kesetiaan dan ketaatan kami suku kaum Tausug dan Suluk sentiasa dengan Yang Di Pertuan Agong, Raja kita yang tercinta dan juga kerajaan. Kami suku kaum suluk di Malaysia berikrar dan berjanji akan mempertahankan dan melindungi tanah air Sabah yang kami cintai dengan apa-cara sahaja yang boleh, walaupun kami terpaksa mengorbankan nyawa kami, InsyaAllah, "
Saya sendiri yang bersasal dari suku kaum Tausug (Suluk) amat merasa kesal dan mengambil perhatian bahawa sejak bermulanya pencerobohan oleh militan bersenjata dari Filipina yang mengisytiharkan diri mereka sebagai pengikut Jamalul Kiram III, majoriti daripada suku kaum Tausug (Suluk) di Sabah telah menyatakan rasa jijik dan membantah sekeras-kerasnya tindakan tidak bertamadun oleh Jamalul Kiram III dan pengikutnya.
Oleh itu, kami bersama-sama dengan pemimpin-pemimpin suku kaum suluk, ayahanda-ayahanda dan ahli-ahli PEKIDA yang berada di sini dengan saya hari ini, mengegaskan bahawa kami mengutuk dan menentang pencerobohan oleh kumpulan yang mengelar mereka Tentera Diraja Kesultanan Sulu. Bagi kami, tindakan mereka tidak berbeza dengan sekumpulan pengganas. Sebenarnya mereka bukan orang Tausug (Suluk), mereka hanya orang Republik Filipina seperti Jamalul Kiram III.
Kami dengan tegasnya memberi amaran kepada mereka untuk tidak menggunakan Tuntutan Sabah sebagai alasan songsang tidak munasabah untuk datang ke Sabah untuk menjadikan Kerajaan Malaysia dan rakyat jelatanya sebagai tebusan. Bagi kami, ini adalah hanya satu bentuk keganasan, dan sebagai seorang Muslim, kami benar-benar merasa malu dengan tindakan kejam mereka terhadap komando polis kita yang mempunyai kepercayaan yang sama (agama islam), dan kami setulus hati menyatakan simpati dan takziah kepada keluarga tentera yang telah terkorban, semoga ALLAH merahmati mereka. Dan sebagai masyarakat Tausug (Suluk) di Sabah, kami dengan sekeras-kerasnya menolak tuntutan Sabah oleh Jamalul Kiram III dan pengikut-pengikutnya.
Mereka haruslah sedar dan akur bahawa Sabah adalah sebahagian daripada Malaysia sejak tahun 1963 lagi dan fakta ini adalah diperakui oleh Bangsa Bangsa Bersatu (United Nations) malah masyarakat dunia. Kami masyarakat Tausug dan Suluk telah pun sekian lama hidup dengan aman damai dan harmoni dengan suku kaum yang lain di Sabah tanpa apa jua masaalah. Mustahil kami hendak menjadi sebahagian dari Republik Filipina. Maka jangan sesekali cuba menggunakan Tuntutan Sabah untuk membuat kecoh di sini.
Saya juga ingin menegaskan di sini bahawa masyarakat Tausug (Suluk) di Sabah tidak akan sesekali terpengaruh dengan cara apa pun propaganda yang tidak masuk akal oleh Jamalul Kiram III dan pengikutnya, dan akan melakukan apa sahaja untuk melindungi tanah air sabah yang tercinta sehingga ke titisan darah yang terakhir.
Pemimpin-pemimpin dan ahli-ahli kami PEKIDA bersedia pada bila-bila untuk dipanggil ke barisan hadapan untuk membantu pasukan keselamatan kita, jika diperlukan,"
Selain daripada ini, kami Masyarakat Suku Kaum Suluk di Sabah berdiri teguh dibelakang Kerajaan Malaysia dan menyokong sepenuhnya " tindakan pendirian tegas" Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak untuk melindungi keselamatan rakyat Malaysia dan kedaulatan Negeri Sabah dalam Malaysia.
Terdahulu daripada itu, saya telah dihubungi oleh Datu Albi Ahmad Julkarnain, Pengerusi dan Penasihat kedua-dua Rumah Bicara Maimbung dan Patikul dan dia telah memberitahu saya bahawa Rumah-Rumah Bicara yang mewakili Kesultanan Sulu tidak terlibat dan tidak merestui tindakan Jamalul Kiram III menghantar pengikut-pengikutnya menceroboh Negeri Sabah dengan menggunakan Kesultanan Sulu.
Sekian, terima kasih!
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