Thursday, February 21, 2013

7. PM & CM of Sabah must also resign

 PM and CM also must resign immediately.  Joshua
Ex-MP backs call for Hisham and Zahid to quit
Published on: Thursday, February 21, 2013

Kota Kinabalu: Former Tuaran MP Yunof Maringking supported calls for Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and Defence Minister Datuk Zahid Hamidi to resign over the intrusion by an armed Filipino group in Lahad Datu.
"I fully support the call made by the Sabah Democratic Action Party (DAP) Youth for the resignation of these two ministers," he said, Wednesday.
He said for Hishammuddin to continue to negotiate with these intruders who had made known to the world they are not going to leave Sabah which they claim to be their territory is an insult to Sabahans.
Hence, Yunof said the failure by Hishammuddin to deal swiftly with the intruders' demands warrants his immediate resignation, as would have happened to a Minister entrusted with home security in any country.
He said that the number of intruders is between 100 and 300, which is not a small figure.
"This people are armed with sophisticated weapons and their demand that illegal immigrants in Sabah should not be asked to leave because this land belongs to them, is serious.
"For the government through Hishammuddin to negotiate with these people means recognising their rights to claim this State," he said.
"For a Home Minister to continue to negotiate with these kind of people is ridiculous and unacceptable.
"These people should not be here in the first place. I don't know what Hishammuddin has in mind but no minister will conduct such negotiation which is tantamount to sacrificing the sovereignty of our nation."
"And for the Defence Ministry to buy time will clearly undermine the credibility of the armed forces to deal with the security of our country.
In other countries, when foreigners come to their country to negotiate on issues touching on the sovereignty of their nation, they will either be treated as terrorists or criminals.
"What is surprising is that Sabah Barisan Nasional leaders also go along with the Federal government's approach in tackling this matter," he said.
"It is high time that all the politicians in Sabah set aside their differences and speak with one voice to demand the Prime Minister to order the police force or the military personnel to take necessary action without further excuses.
"We need to show to the whole world that we mean business when it comes to the security of the people and the sovereignty of the nation.
"To dilly-dally will be sending a wrong signal to our potential enemy that we have no capability in protecting our nation.
To me this is a serious matter and it can get out of hand," he said.

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