The Lahad Datu Standoff: Give Malaysians the FACTs

February 25, 2013

The Lahad Datu Standoff: Give Malaysians the FACTs

by R. Nadeswaran (02-24-13) @

AS THIS column is being written, there are scores of intruders in this LahadDatu-Hishamuddin2-Reuters-540x374country. No one knows the exact number in Tanduo in Lahad Datu town in Sabah, but it varies depending on where it is coming from. But our Inspector General of Police says the public should not be influenced by online reports on the standoff, which he said were being spread through social media networks.

From what has been reported, they are subjects of the Sulu Sultan and the latest is that he has asked the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) to help his followers who are running out of provisions.

According to The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III wroteSultan Jamalul Kiram III to the UNCHR in Manila on February 20, asking for protection for 250 members of the “Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo” whose lives, he said, were threatened by a food blockade thrown by Malaysia.

Jamalul has also written to Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei asking for help in resolving the standoff in Tanduao peacefully. The UNCHR was furnished with a copy of Jamalul’s letter to the Sultan of Brunei, also dated February 20.

In the absence of official bulletins or announcements from the Police, what choices have the people got? Even the exact numbers are hazy and on the Net, it varies from 100 to 400.

Since our authorities have no control over the press in the Philippines, it has gone to town with its stories and commentaries. The Philippine Daily Inquirer also says Malaysia is in a no-win situation as a result of the standoff in Sabah.

“If it uses deadly force on a small group of armed Filipino Muslims now holed up in the village … members of the fiercest of Philippine Moro tribe, the Tausogs of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, will retaliate.

“If, on the other hand, Malaysia compromises with the armed group purportedly belonging to the Sultanate of Sulu, it will be perceived as a weakling by its neighbours.”

But that’s not all. A commentary by Ramon Tulfo in the same newspaper makes compelling reading because we are not talking about just the men and women who arrived by boat three weeks ago, but something more sinister. He says that even before the landing of 200 men in Lahad Datu, the Sulu Sultanate had sent armed men in small groups to Sabah to escape notice from authorities.

“The armed groups are being coddled by Tausogs in the Malaysian state,” he wrote.That claim should make every Malaysian sit up and ask: “What the hell is happening to our country.” All we know is that the IGP has told us that the “situation is under control and we know what we are doing.”

And Tulfo adds insult to injury by saying: “When the (Philippines) government was fighting the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in the 1970s through the 1980s, Malaysia was secretly supporting the rebellion in the South. Weapons coming from Libya and other Middle East countries passed through Malaysia on their way to the MNLF. Now, it seems the shoe is on the other foot. The law of karma is being played out.”

Lahad Datu Stand OffAs much as we want to heed the advice by the IGP not to listen to what is happening in the social media scene, those who are Net-savvy, cannot avoid but read news portals, many of which are reliable.

After all, the information above did not come from newly-set platform by some anti-national elements. It comes from The Daily Inquirer which is one of the most widely read and respected newspapers in that country.

While Malaysians do understand the need to be secretive of security operations, what they are asking for is daily updates on a situation that threatens the country as a whole. It cannot be dismissed as a local problem as it involves the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this country.

No one wants bloodshed. No one wants to see dead bodies. No one wants to tell the police how to deal with the problem – they know best as they are trained for such purposes. No one even knows their motives or what they want. No one knows if they have taken hostages or have occupied strategic positions in the area. In short, we have been blanked by the silence of officialdom.

No one is asking for operational details but it will be a relief to all Malaysians if we are told the truth, and nothing but the truth.

R. Nadeswaran is editor (special and investigative reporting) at theSun. Comments:

12 thoughts on “The Lahad Datu Standoff: Give Malaysians the FACTs

  1. The point is, what sort of truth could be told to the public? The military/police have been issuing news or updates that everything is under control and that it is. And speaking of truth, Anwar should stop lying in regards to his involvement in this matter. Its disastrous if it was indeed true he conspire with these people to cause trouble in the first place. This sort of case should never happened unless provoked by a 3rd party, and i believe that Reuters reported.

  2. Time to call Brig.Gen Tok Cik back out of retirement and form a team of security contractors to fight off these bandits (because that’s what they are since no acknowledgement of any kind has been made by the Filipino government). If Tok Cik is captured for breaking the Geneva Convention then the Malaysian government does not have to admit to anything.

  3. “All we know is that the IGP has told us that the “situation is under control and we know what we are doing.”

    WTF ? This is not a matter for the police. Their role is that of maintaining public order. This is about territorial integrity and that is for the country’s armed forces. That is their role.

  4. One option is for the Malaysian government to label the cross border incursion as part of a larger design by Muslim terrorists to bring down a moderate Muslim country by extraconstitutional means. The Malaysian government has no experience in fighting such Islamic terrorists and may want to enlist the help of the United States. A small group of specially trained U.S. Marines can easily take out this 200 armed bandits.

  5. Heard of the Caliphate of Nusa Tenggara?
    Well this a start. Call in the Marines! Semper ain’t responding though.
    The ‘good’ thing about Rag Heads is that they tend to beat each other up, even before any palpable success.

    Interesting how Anwar gets dragged into every bad Joke eh? Yeah, he did some pretty idiotic asinine things in his time as an UMNO hack. I hope he has learnt never to play-play with Guns, Steel and Germs combined with Fundametalism. He deserves the accolades sometimes from UMNO hacks like Bigelo above. hahaha..

  6. The only conclusion that we can come to thus far is that the whole episode is stage…it’s widely believed , the so called incursion is cheoreograph by non other than elements from within the ruling regime…this is how desperate they’re turning out to be…. After half a century of uninterupted rule distress calls have never been so loud and clear that the umno led govt has landed on quck sand and they are sinking deep…

  7. Bean,
    Send in the SEAL team. They’ll make a quick clean job and will be back on the carrier in the South China Sea in no time. No media coverage or press statement made. Just ignore all those ctiticism by all the western countries or even the ASEAN neighbors. This is an internal conflict best handled by Malaysians.

    Place snipers and take the leaders off one at a time. With those long range guns they wouldn’t know what hit them. They can’t see whose shooting at them, they can’t retaliate. If they lose their leaders, they’ll pack up and go home. At most declae collateral damage.

  8. Bigloo,
    Reuters is a news wholesale agency which buys news and sells them. it is not necessarily the gospel truth. they conduct no investigation or research into the news they peddle.
    the only newsagency on this side of the hemisphere, that peddles 100% true news is Tass and the newspaper Pravda (truth and justice)!
    in the asian region the only newsagency peddling Truth is Bernama and the newspapers NST, The Star and Putusan Malaysia.
    the german equivalent to Pravda is ‘Bild’ which means Picture(!) because they believe that words can lie but pictures can’t, they bare it all, you can admire the beautiful german bosoms and bare bottoms and see truth eye to eye.

    oh yes, Anwar is the super-villain in Malaysia. catch him, put him in the lockup and let our super mata-mata’s give him a workover, he’ll even admit to killing Kugan and TBH singlehandedly.

    a bunch of super-suckers!!!!!!!

  9. Dear Mr bean,we don’t really need the US Marines here,we have our Gerak Khas,I’ve seen them on TV so many times,doing this and that, alamak, I forgot, what I saw was a mock-up dry run in case our country were attack, stupid me,I guess we better sent for the kris waving Perkosa boys,they would know what to do, and if successful, then Ibrahim Ali can be made the new Governor of Sabah, what say you Mr Bean,Dato Din,Semper Fii, wonder what Makchik has to say about this..

  10. Pakai celorong celoreng konon nampak garang. Habis dekat berani tengok melalui teropong. Apa yang nak teropong tu, teropong anak dara Sultan Sulu ke?

    Kalau anak jantan, pergi terus masuk jumpa ketua kumpulan pengganas ni, tu baru jantan. Ibrahim Ali cakap begegar gegar, shit, shit, shit. Cuba pergi dan jumpa dengan ketua pengganas dan beri kata dua. Ini Malaysia bukan Sulu. Keluar atau kami tarek keris kami. Lepas tu lari dengan shit meleleh antara bontot. Mana dia pendekar pendekar, yang ada Pendikar, tembakar dan Ikan Bakar. Oh lupa saya Perimekar.

  11. If we cannot even get rid of these armed intruders then how can we claim spratly islands especially against China.

    Also, why is Phillipine the only country providing news about the intrusion? This is a very bad PR situation for us. It is making as if Sabah do belong to Phillipine. They are the one telling the world we rent Sabah from the Sulu Sultan. It is making us look guilty. This government do a better job on PR!

  12. If the Sarawak Rangers were still around am sure they would have been sent to fight these invaders off for obvious reasons.

    Come back alive, congratulations and medal award ceremony.

    Come back in body bags – condolences.

    PDRM please don’t show that you can only confront Bersih 3.0 protesters.

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