Semporna MP Dato’ Seri Mohd. Shafiee Apdal is incorrigibly splenetic in sordidly aggravating an issue which Malaysia considered resolved by suggesting in Parliament to resolve the kidnappings, the Philippines’ claim over Sabah should be brought to International Court of Justice (ICJ) to be resolved once and for all.
The Star story:
Tuesday, 5 April 2016 | MYT 8:27 PM
Lawmakers: End Sabah kidnappings ‘once and for all’
BY MARTIN CARVALHO, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, andSUZANNE LAZAROO
KUALA LUMPUR: MPs from both sides of the divide have called for a “once and for all” solution to end kidnap-for-ransom incidents off eastern Sabah.
A vocal Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal (BN-Semporna) demanded for a White Paper on the kidnappings in Sabah and that the Philippines government be held accountable.
“I am very disappointed that Sabah’s security and sovereignty of the nation are discussed only through a motion.
“It is time we have a White Paper on the matter,” the former Cabinet member said, adding there were nine kidnappings in the state between 2012 and 2016.
He said this when debating the special motion filed by Datuk Datu Nasrun Datu Mansur (BN-Silam) in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday.
On April 1, four Sarawakian sailors were kidnapped off Pulau Ligitan along the Malaysia-Philippines border in the Celebes Sea.
Shafie also lamented the lack of enforcement of the sea curfew in eastern Sabah, saying there were still boats plying the waters at night.
He also laid blame on the Philippines’ claims over Sabah which he said had contributed to the intrusions.
“We must settle all this once and for all and refer this to the International Court of Justice,” said Shafie.
Datuk Jumat Idris (BN-Sepanggar) proposed that it was high time the navy based its warships in the affected areas and conduct aeriel patrols.
“Indonesia sent five warships and two planes to save 10 of its citizens who were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf,” he said.
Jumat said if Malaysia is unable to solve the issue alone, then it should ask for international help.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, in his winding-up speech, said the Government has taken immediate steps to ensure that the situation does not escalate.
He said these include the temporary suspension of barter trade activities in the waters there.
“We will also postpone the launching of the passenger ferry service to Philippines, which was supposed to start on May 1.
“Stern action will be taken against vessels found violating the curfew,” he said, referring to the Eastern Sabah Security Command’s dusk-to-dawn sea curfew.
Shahidan explained that syndicates behind the kidnap-for-ransom acts had changed their tactics and are now targeting slow-moving and less protected targets.
He said they no longer target island tourist resorts and fish farms because they are now well protected.
The issue is so obsolete if not totally irrelevant to the several kidnappings, off the coast of Sabah.
First of all, Malaysia does not recognise these claims made by neither the Philippines Government nor the reminiscence of the Sulu Sultanate.
Secondly, Ii is a constitutional fact that Sabahans already made their choice to join Federation of Malaya in the formation of Federation of Malaysia, which was enforced on 16 September 1963 by an international treaty and recognised by United Nations.
Thirdly, it has been settled that Spain which annexed and colonised the Sultanate of Sulu denounced its claim on Sabah 1885, which was later part of the British Crown Colony as British North Borneo.
Fourthly, Shafie must be able to do a bit of research that the treaty of the lease on what is today the east half of Sabah to the Austrian emissary to Hong Kong and British North Borneo Chartered Company in 1878, was ceded after Spain colonised the entire Sultanate of Sulu.
Fifthly, Shafie as one time Deputy Minister of Defence must understand and appreciate that the kidnappers that have been terrorising in the Sulu Sea are members and splinters of the brutal Abu Sayyaf militant group.
That itself is a rogue splinter off the Moro International Liberation Front (MILF) and today present themselves are nothing more than as a bunch of criminals.
They are not freedom fighters. They are ruthless common criminals, who prey on innocent tourists, sport diving enthusiasts, fishermen and sea man of merchant shipping that ply the Sulu Strait. They show little mercy and capitulate hostages heads, to obtain their goals.
The Sulu marauders are plying the Sulu Strait ad Eastern Sabah Sea for prey, and the modus operandi is to demand for USD millions as ransom to release the hostages.
They should be dealt as criminals and act according. Regardless under United Nations Convention Laws of Seas (UNCLOS) or the Malaysian Police Act, Maritime Act, Penal Code, UNCLOS and other existing laws.
Shafiee of all Parliamentarians must know all these intrusions and acts of crimes are within the jurisdiction of the police and internal security, to manageme issues in an SPV East Sabah Command (Esscom)..
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There is no requirement to take operational and tactical issues under Esscom to be escalated for Foreign Office (Wisma Putra) make it an issue at the senior officials’, minister’s and eventually head of government’s agenda to discuss at the layered ASEAN dialogue and summit.
It is being handled quite well now, in the midst of the complexity of various layers on international law and UNCLOS thrown into it,
Shafiee, on one side should pelted with rotten tomatoes and tosses with fowl eggs for his gravely sordid attempt to regain whatever bits leftover of his standing, as a skeptic and rogue mainstream politician who last July got sacked from Cabinet.
Shafiee would do his outrageous claim aloud, to sublimely trick everyone’s attention by tossing a spanner-in-the-works for , for all the intense improductive debate go back and forth, at the gross expense if the real, opportunity to work and resolved issues
It is just time for prominent Sabah leaders starts calling Shafie names. In good times, it was “Lanun”.