TAWAU: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sabah is urging all parties to put aside self-interest and show solidarity in view of the security crisis in Sabah, especially in the east coast.
DAP Sabah publicity secretary Chan Foong Hin said any claims that an opposition leader had a hand in the Sulu armed intrusion in Lahad Datu is a serious matter.
“There must be strong evidence to prove the allegation otherwise the rakyat won’t buy the political conspiracy theory,” he said yesterday.
Chan said instead of playing the blame game in the issue, a special parliament sitting and state assembly sitting should be called to discuss the deadly ongoing clash between Malaysian police and the armed Filipino militants in Sabah before it claims more lives and putting the country’s security at risk. DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang has proposed it when he made his visit to Tungku, Lahad Datu together with DAP Sabah leaders two weeks ago.
Furthermore, he said transparency in disseminating information is also important in the handling of the security crisis as well as giving confidence to the public.
“As our people’s lives and the country’s sovereignty and security are at stake, keeping mum would not help to dispel the rumours that are spreading like wildfire and causing unnecessary alarm and panic,” he said.
Chan added not only would a special parliament and state assembly sitting be necessary, the relevant authorities should also disclose all relevant facts to the public because as long as the public perceive that the government have not given the facts of the current situation, they will continue to speculate and a lot of conspiracy theories will become widespread.
“For instance, the number of policemen killed in Kampung Sri Jaya Simunul Semporna was reported as ‘two’ in an official statement the night before, but it changed to ‘five policemen were killed’ in today’s official statement. Inconsistency of information such as this will lower the public’s confidence in the ability of relevant authorities in handling the issue,” he said.
He therefore urged the government to send more military personnel to boost Sabah’s security following the few spates of clashes with armed Filipino militants in the last 48 hours. People’s safety and security should be the top priority, he said.