TERROR IN TANDUO: We must defend our land


WHAT is happening in Kampung Tanduo near Lahad Datu, where our security forces are mounting a military offensive against terrorists, is just the inevitable.

After a three-week stand-off followed by the killing of eight police personnel, we have no choice but to act in defending the honour and sovereignty of our country.

We were seen to have relented too much when we negotiated with the terrorists but I am not disputing the fact that there were cogent reasons why we had earlier wanted to solve the issue, pertaining to a ridiculous claim over Sabah, through diplomacy and without bloodshed.

If such an intrusion had occurred in any other country, it would have been a different scenario.

It was clear that our patience was overtaxed and there was no better alternative, more so when our security officers were slain and the terrorists continued to adopt an intransigent stand.

What touched me as a Malaysian are the brave men who gave their lives in their line of duty.

All true Malaysians salute these courageous men who sacrificed their lives for the sake of our honour and sovereignty.

It is not only Sabah, but our entire nation, which is under threat. There must come a time when all Malaysians must be steadfast and united in the face of a crisis.

And this is the moment.

We must support our security forces battling the armed terrorists, irrespective of our political differences and religious belief.

The sacrifice of our eight fallen policemen should not be in vain.

It is necessary for our long coastline of the eastern part of Sabah to be better guarded, patrolled and monitored to prevent such intrusions in future.

Security measures have to be beefed up in the interest of our safety and security.

We must support our security forces in battling the terrorists, irrespective of our political differences and religious belief.

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