Friday, 19 September 2014

Seceding from Malaysia akin to playing a ‘dangerous game’

KOTA KINABALU, Sept 19, 2014: With security threats, including kidnappings and the Lahad Datu intrusion already plaguing Sabah, the situation is likely to get worse if Sabah leaves Malaysia.

In claiming so, Rural and Regional Development minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said seceding from Malaysia was akin to “playing a dangerous game” and a move that would lead to other problems.

“We all know about the claims over Sabah and Sarawak from the neighbouring countries.

“If we do secede from Malaysia, can you imagine the level of threats that will come in?” he said when met at the Kadazan Dusun Murut Malaysia (KDM Malaysia) Football Tournament, here.

The Umno vice-president said there were some irresponsible few who were singing a different tune, which while it may sound nice, people should look at the consequences.

Mohd Shafie said as a Sabahan, he was aware of the sentiment which was borne out of love for Sabah, although there were ways to overcome it.

“So let’s not dance to their tunes, and instead work on a more objective approach which will benefit everyone.”

Of late, there had been calls for some quarters for Sabah to leave the Federation, including by Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia (SSKM) Facebook page.

Apart from Sabah, the page had also urged Sarawak to do the same.

Mohd Shafie had previously stated that seceding from Malaysia would only invite infiltration by foreign forces.

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