It's time for tough stand


Coming together as a nation against invaders is the only option

 INTRUDERS into the country are necessarily illegal. The law is clear; deportation in one form or another is the legal solution. As with all reasonable authorities, the first approach should, of course, be a peaceful one so that no lives are put at risk on both sides. The Sulu militants, armed and dangerous and calling themselves soldiers, who came into Lahad Datu, Sabah, on some ridiculous pretext of reclaiming their right to ownership of territories in Sabah, would have been classified as invaders if their number had been large. The solution then would immediately be a military one. However, their small number called for magnanimity. Unfortunately, the right tactic led to the undesirable outcome that two of our best men were laid waste; heroes both, thought to have been enticed into a dangerous situation.

When all else fails, only the obvious can happen. And, the army is now ever ready to step into what is tantamount to a defence of the realm. Malaysia will be tough with those crazy enough to think that militancy and flimsy politics can hold sway in the face of a sovereign nation with a sizeable standing army and a police force equipped to maintain internal security. Time for persuasion is long past. It ended with the injuries and deaths of our policemen. To exacerbate matters, now more militants from the southern Philippines are bent on causing havoc on our territory. With that, Putrajaya has every right to take matters to a more aggressive level and outgun them and forcing them out unceremoniously. More fortunately, Manila is just as aggrieved.

Thankfully, too, these are mere bandits, or pirates that have run aground, although some reports suggest that an opposition politician in Sabah had the temerity to invite them, promising assistance in resurrecting the Sulu kingdom of old if the opposition Pakatan Rakyat succeeds in wresting power from the Barisan Nasional government at the next general election. There are others, too, who are trying to make political capital out of a serious issue of territorial integrity and spewing out silly conspiracy theories. Strange how there are elements of the population, Malaysians all, that perceive of the matter as an opportunity to be politically exploited. Would not coming together as a nation be the only outcome permissible? What might the opposition be saying if elements trying to compromise the security of Malaysia were another country? Would the opposition be still cooking up a conspiracy theory, calling it a gimmick hatched by the government to scuttle the 13th general election?

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