Incumbent Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal’s method of defending the state’s territorial sovereignty is questionable.
His words and intentions are akin to betraying rather than defending Sabah.
It is an unequivocal fact that Sabah is one of the 14 states of Malaysia. There can be no compromise or even room for negotiation on this issue.
As the immediate past chief minister, Shafie should resolutely protest or object to any ownership claim by any foreign government or group, instead of nodding towards negotiation.
Off and on, the Philippines government and official agencies will provoke the issue of ownership over Sabah. This was more obvious when Shafie helmed the state.
However, his remarks several days ago had raised many doubts. Suggesting that the governments of Malaysia and the Philippines should hold negotiations to resolve the Philippines’ territorial claim over Sabah should not even be considered because Sabah belongs to Malaysia.
Shafie’s proposal is tantamount to opening up avenues for the Philippines to stretch its demands, and also a recognition that its claims are legitimate, thereby enabling our neighbouring country to encroach further into our borders.
His suggestion is bereft of any credibility and is unacceptable.
MCA reiterates our emphasis that Sabah is part of Malaysia. Our territory and sovereignty are non-negotiable and can never be adjusted by any means.
As a state government, Sabah must adopt a tough stand to counter any claims by the Philippines over our sovereignty.
Shafie has repeated that his Parti Warisan Sabah is a local Sabah-based party. However, his conduct suggests an intent to pawn off the rights and interests of Sabah.
His policy has cast doubt among Sabahans and Malaysians. His promotion of the Pas Sementara Sabah (PSS) to legitimise illegal immigrants would obviously benefit illegals, yet ignore the rights of Sabah.
If Warisan succeeds at the Sabah state election, the rights of Sabahans would be left dangling. Foreign countries will become more brazen in staking their demands on our sovereignty with the expectation of further compromises from Sabah and Malaysia.
Dr Pamela Yong
Sabah Wanita MCA Chairman