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2016 Apr 8 - Yong: Source of security woes is in Philippines

Source of security woes is in Philippines

KOTA KINABALU, April 8, 2016: The source of cross border crimes at Sabah's East Coast is at the Philippines, says former Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

He added that the lairs of these bandits is at the Sulu Sea islands and Mindanao. The environment in which these bandits thrive is weak government, corruption-riddled security forces, proliferation of weapons, breaches of peace agreements and poverty and injustices in the Philippines.

"Hence, the long term, sustainable solutions to the security nightmare at Sabah's east coast lay at the Philippines. Malaysia, and now Indonesia, being victims of Filipino cross border crimes, should use all leverages against the Philippine government to eliminate the dens, the networks, the fast boats (used for kidnappings) and the kidnapping syndicates. The Philippines must be made to realise that, otherwise, they will pay a heavy price for their bad behaviour as a bad neighbour. After all, with the help of the Americans, the Philippines have the resources. Other than the on-going Balikatan war exercises between American and Filipino militaries, the American had for years provided training, equipment and support to the Philippines at the Philippines's Southern Command at Zamboanga.

"Sabah's suspension of ferry services and the centuries-old barter trade will ease the security burden on Sabah but it will also have a negative impact on Sabah's economy simply because Sabah is a big net exporter of consumer goods to the Philippines. And without the ferry, legitimate travellers will resort to smaller vessels that will land all over the place instead of at the sea ports. In a few months' time, the economic effects of the stoppage of barter trade and ferry services will spawn new social and security problems.

Yong, who is also Sabah Progressive Party President said banning pump boats is like banning motor cycles to curb mat rempits. Suspending barter trade and ferry services is like suspending air travel to curb drugs smuggling and human trafficking through airports.

"Unless there are viable alternatives, the suspension of cross border trade and travel can only be a temporary pain killer until such time that the government has figured out what to do.

"It was probable that the primary targets of the new tactics to snatch boats together with its passengers were China tourists in diving boats. But pre-emptive actions by Malaysian authorities have foiled these attempts - so far. Unless long term effective solutions are found to our security woes, it is not impossible that one day, a boatload of tourists will sadly fall victim to kidnappers. That would be a real nightmare for Sabah.

SAPP Policies

SAPP's 17 point Manifesto - Sabah deserves better in terms of more equitable distribution of opportunities, in social, economic and infrastructural development and a better quality of life. [BM][Chinese]

SAPP's Economic Plan for Sabah - SAPP aims to achieve economic prosperity and financial self-reliance for Sabah. Version in [BM] [Chinese]

SAPP's Land Reform Policy - To promote and protect the rights and interests of local natives and other citizens in Sabah [BM][Chinese]

On Oil Royalty - SAPP is not giving up its struggle for more oil royalty payment for Sabah.

SAPP's Eight (8) Points Declaration - Whereas our mission is to establish a trustworthy govt and a progressive ...

SAPP's 14 point memo in 2006 - Time for Direct Preventive Actions

SAPP Constitution (booklet)

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RCI Report on Immigrants in Sabah
The Birth of Malaysia
Malaysia Agreement Article 1-11
The Original Agreement of Malaysia
Heroes of Kinabalu 神山美烈誌
Schedule 9 of the Federal Constitution

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No to coal-fired plant
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3 million acres oil blocks ceded
The Formation of Msia & Devt in Sabah
Proclamation of Msia 1963...details
Restore Sabah's right to appoint JCs,
Ex-minister: Review 20-point
Supply Sarawak power to Sabah...
Sedition Act 1948
Continental Shelf Act 83 (1966)
Petroleum Development Act 144 (1974)
Petroleum Oil Agreement (1976)


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