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Manila must ‘officially’ drop claims

 | March 14, 2013

Lim Kit Siang wants Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak 'to invoke his powers' to convene a special parliamentary meeting to discuss the incursion.

PENAMPANG: DAP has called on the government to stop immediately its annual “cessation payment” of RM5,300 to the self-proclaimed heir of the Sulu sultanate.

Its national adviser Lim Kit Siang said it was also imperative that the Malaysian government call on the Philippines to officially drop all claims on Sabah.

Lim said this (dropping the claim) and the all-important act of honouring the fallen heroes in Parliament were the reasons behind his call for a special parliamentary session to be convened urgently.

“This is why I feel very strongly that there should be a special session of Parliament not only for MPs from both sides of the political divide to express full support and solidarity for all the measures by the security forces to deal with the Sabah Sulu crisis, but also to pay tribute and honour the nine brave fallen heroes.

“It will also assure the nation that the government, from whichever political coalition – Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat – will look after the welfare, as well as the life-long education needs of the children, of the bereaved families as an token of national appreciation of their sacrifices,” Lim added.

He said he had sent an open letter to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak recently urging the Cabinet to convene a special parliamentary session within the week, to adopt an unanimous resolution on the Sabah Sulu crisis.

The failure to convene such a special session of Parliament, he said, would mean that “for two consecutive weeks, the Cabinet had ignored and deprived the fallen heroes from the police and armed forces the honour and tribute they deserve from Parliament”.

“I call on Najib as prime minister to invoke his powers to convene a special parliamentary meeting within a week as this is a matter which must rise above partisan differences.

“In fact, Members of Parliament from Pakatan Rakyat, that is, DAP, PKR and PAS are prepared to put aside all pending matters to attend such a special parliamentary meeting even with 24-hours notice. Are Barisan Nasional MPs prepared to do the same?” he asked.

Stop the finger-pointing

Speaking to reporters here yesterday, Lim also conveyed his deepest condolences to Private Mohd Hurairah Ismail from Pasir Mas, Kelantan, the first soldier to be killed in an exchange of fire between armed men linked to an audacious invasion of Sabah last month.

Mohd Hurairah, like the eight police commandoes who were killed by thearmed group in Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu and Semporna, died as a national hero in defence of national sovereignty and the security of the people of Sabah and the nation owes them an eternal gratitude, Lim, who is also Ipoh Timor MP, said.

“I therefore call on all parties and persons to stop playing politics and to unite as one patriotic Malaysian people to face the Sabah crisis as a solid force to fully restore national sovereignty as well as protect the security and welfare of Sabahans .

“They must also end all finger-pointing on who should be blamed, and in particular the dissemination of baseless allegations against political leaders, whether BN or Pakatan,” Lim said.

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