First and foremost, I would like to offer my condolences to the families of those security personnel who were killed in the Standoff between our forces and the Sulu invaders in Sabah.
They have fought bravely as front line forces to maintain security and protect our sovereignty.
They were pawns in the front line , obeying orders from higher up and they did their utmost for the country by sacrificing their lives. I salute them.
As a fellow Malaysian, I pay full respect to these fallen heroes , as well as those who were injured and those who were in active duty there.
Many friends have asked me to comment on the initial handling of this standoff. I wish to reserve my comment at this moment, since our front line security forces are now risking their lives actively engaging the invaders. Any adverse or critical comment at this moment may affect morale and it would not be fair to these security personnel who are just following orders and doing their duties.
Nevertheless, I would like to quote General Douglas McArthur who in his speech to Congress in 1951, said this : ( the whole speech is about the Korean War and I would like to state that history had proven his view about China wrong, but what I quote here from part of his speech is relevant to our situation)
” I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting………Men since the beginning of time have sought peace. Various methods through the ages have been attempted to devise an international process to prevent or settle disputes between nations………
But once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end.
War’s very object is victory, not prolonged indecision.
In war there is no substitute for victory.”
What the Sulu invaders have done is more than threatening national security. They have invaded our territory, and they have killed our personnel. It is now a matter of threat to our sovereignty, and as such, we should now apply every available means to bring it to a swift end.
This is now war. The Sulu invaders have forced war upon us. And as Malaysians we must rally behind our forces.
This also means that we have to deploy whatever resources that we have to end this; our navy to patrol and seal off the narrow straits separating Sabah from the Sulu Archipelago, the army to use its might and heavy weaponry at its disposal to drive off these invaders, and air force for surveillance and bombing if necessary.
We can no longer rely just on the police who is actually not equipped to fight a war.
In war, as General McArthur has said, there is no substitute for a swift victory.