If I am asked by an Australian to explain what is going on in Lahat Datu I know not what to tell them. What can I say? That the Sultan of Sulu wants Sabah back? That the Government of Malaysia claims Sabah as theirs because it has never failed to pay the rent due. So what happens, the Australians will ask me, if the landlord wants his property back? I got no answer to that one! Of course there are other issues pertaining to this situation but it is always a tale of human greed and avarice. And the Sultan of Sulu is himself human is he not?
All of us, in our hearts of hearts know that the Sultan of Sulu has a case to be heard and our Malaysian government has to deal with – if they had not dealt with it a long time ago, then now!
We also know in our hearts of hearts that Sabah is a sovereign state within Malaysia.
Sending soldiers into Sabah is not the thing to do unless nothing else has worked for the Sultan of Sulu – and even then it is debatable. But it seems that nothing has worked – not from the Philippines Government side nor from the Malaysian side. So what is that Sultan to do but send in the Marines!
So we now have the situation that Sabah is now in today.With hindsight all this would not have had to happened – but our Prime Minister and his Barisan Nasional government has need of many things – hindsight being one of many! What is more worrying is that this is another excuse for our people to widen the divide already in place from the racial and religious stand point.
I have read and posted on this blog many diverging points of view and opinions on what is happening in Lahat Datu so that we can read them and be empowered to make our own decisions. Some of these comments are admittedly skewered towards what the writer’s inclinations are but most of them are just another point of view of a situation that all of us wished would not have happened.
But happened it did. Apart from a military solution to this armed invasion from the Sultan of Sulu on Sabah, you and I know that political capital is busily been made by Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat. Capital that could and will be used to great and devastating effect in the coming 13th general elections. No amount of indignation on our part will stop these politicians from using the Lahat Datu situation to their advantage. That is the nature of our politicians – any politicians.
Now our natural instinct is to not want war, not want deaths from this war and certainly for peace to reign. This will not happen until we accept that any Malaysian government will have to settle the matter with the Sultan of Sulu with the assistance of the Philippines government - settle it amicably and fairly so that hostility will cease permanently. If that Sultan can send 200 to 300 of his ‘soldiers’ to Sabah, he will come to the negotiating table from a position of relative strength. Let us hope that this UMNO led Barisan Nasional government will not handle/manage this Sabah issue the way it handles Bersih and any form of dissent from those oppose to them - by brute force and physical intimidation. This approach will not work where those involved in the struggle with this Barisan Nasiional government ‘berani mati’ – as the followers of this Sulu Sultan has demonstrated and our soldiers and government has understood only too well.
For now I think this will matter will not be settled in the very near future – at least not in time for the 13th general election to proceed without parts of Sabah not being put under an ‘emergency’ situation. And you and I know that a general election will have to be put on hold if this is so. And so the world turns….