Monday, February 18, 2013

Illegal Intrusion by Armed Bandits into Sabah,s Heartland(A recap of my letter via email to The Free Malaysia online portal)

Why illegals shouldn’t be granted PR

March 21, 2011
FMT LETTER: From Danildaud, via e-mail

This should be the most important issue facing Sabahans today. It must be easier to “feel” the impact of the higher prices of consumer goods in Sabah and Sarawak attributed to the implementation of the cabotage shipping policy because we see the numbers go up in grocery stores .

However, the reality is that there is a greater financial hit on tax-paying Sabahans than is evident because of illegal immigration’s impact on reduced wages, etc. Illegal aliens cost the state of Sabah millions if not billions of dollars each year.

The state also spends an estimated tenths of millions a year of tax payers dollars on health care for illegal aliens . With the costs of schooling and incarcerating illegals, the combined strain on the state and country for illegal aliens in Malaysia is easily in excess of RM2billion per year.

Let us be reminded that theses are not”undocumented immigrant/refugees” we’re talking about here. These are illegal aliens who entered this country illegally. These persons are genuine Illegal Immigrants, or more simply put, Illegal aliens who as their first action have demonstrated a disrespect for the laws of the nation they have entered.

There was a time in the early 70s when the majority of the illegals who crossed the Philippines/Indonesian border were not the dregs of their countries society , they were then as in the case of a Filipino migrant, fleeing a civil war; but times have changed.

Those who come here now seem to be a more criminal element…they are transporting drugs. They are involved in gangs and have been in trouble in their motherland before they came here. They are not coming to work hard and become Malaysians; they are coming to rape the system.

I have lived on islands along the Philippines border. I’ve seen the changes in the way the illegals travel across the Sulu Sea. These days, they are ruthless and plunder everything in sight arbitrarily, with no regard for property or livestock.
They never used to break into homes along the way – now we have to lock and bar everything. And the crime rates continue to rise wherever they congregate. Thirty or 40 years ago, this wasn’t true…and it’s annoying.

When laws cease to be recognised or applied and enforced, chaos is most often the result, and the state of Sabah is in its worst shape then ever before with 58% of its three plus million population are either PTIs or persons with dubious Malaysian citizenship .

Welfare, free health care, and other public services accorded to these illegal immigrants is pushing Sabah to the brink. Needless to mention of the countless of genuine Sabahans killed each year by Illegal immigrants and countless others maimed for life that illegal immigration doesn’t hurt.

These statistics alone ‘shall’ by any means serve as a guideline to any given politician who flirts with the idea of granting this segment
of the states population amnesty regardless of the fact that an RCI is carried out to look into the illegal immigrant menace.

Just because the current system is not working is not a reason to reward lawbreakers with the prize of Permanent Residence.

And since an idea as stupid as this (granting of PR Status) happens to come from the president of an opposition party , the present administration should see this as a good omen and since support from the east guaranteed BNs hold on to Putrajaya, it would be a political right thing to do on Prime Minister Najib’s part to look into the mother of all problems plaguing Sabah and at the same time manufacture remedial measures to solving the ‘ legalised ‘ illegal immigrant fiasco .

Many argue that immigration is a social issue, but it’s a fiscal issue as well. The illegal immigrant population has grown by an average of hundredths of thousands per year since 1972, plus an additional hundredths of thousands new births in those households.

That’s approximately a million new people every decade, and almost all immigrant families are using welfare, especially Medicaid welfare.

When Nobel Prize-winning libertarian economist Milton Friedman was asked about unlimited immigration in 1999, he stated that “it is one thing to have free immigration to jobs. It is another thing to have free immigration to welfare. And you cannot have both.”

‘Let’s regain Sabah’

February 18, 2013
Former Senate president Ernesto Maceda said president Aquino should renew efforts to reclain Sabah from Malaysia.
MANILA: President Benigno Aquino should renew efforts to reclaim Sabah from Malaysia by bringing the matter before the United Nations (UN), a move that could also prevent the outbreak of violence between Malaysian troops and armed followers of the Sultan of Sulu province.
“It’s time to act to regain what is rightfully ours,” said former Senate president Ernesto Maceda on Sunday as he urged the government to immediately tap peaceful channels to avoid conflict.
“The Philippine government should now seriously consider bringing its claim to the United Nations . . . it has been neglected and sleeping for a long time,” the former senator stressed as the standoff between Malaysian security forces some 300 armed Filipinos from Mindanao, who came to Sabah last week to assert the sultanate’s claim continued.
The Manila Times says that a group of Muslim Filipinos had gone to Sabah to assert the historical claim of the sultanate of Sulu on the territory, which is located on the northern tip of Borneo Island.
Maceda said that “renewed government efforts is the only way to stop the followers of the Sultan of Sulu from taking up arms and invading Sabah to press their claim.”
“The people of the sultanate of Sulu have a legitimate claim to Sabah considering that the British and Malaysian governments used to pay rentals for Sabah to the sultan of Sulu,” he pointed out.
The senator said Philippines should press its claim on Sabah because history shows that Malaysia is only “renting” the island.
“We have not actually abandoned our claim to Sabah. In fact, until some years back, Malaysia actually paid the heirs of the Sultan of Sulu a fixed amount as rental for their occupation of Sabah,” Pimentel noted.
He explained that the country’s claim was only sidetracked by political events, particularly the outbreak of armed conflict in Mindanao, when the Moro National Liberation Front launched a separatist movement in the 1970s.
He proposed proposed that teachings about the country’s claim to Sabah should be added in school curricula to educate the new generation on the historical basis and current status of the claim.
It is to be noted that the Sultanate of Sulu ceded to the Philippine government its title and sovereignty to former president Diosdado Macapagal in 1962.
But as of Sunday, Malacañang remained non-committal on the revival of the country’s Sabah claim.
Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte kept a discreet distance from the issue on whether the government planned to field an emissary to one of the heirs, Sultan Jamalul Kiram 3rd, to ask him to recall his followers from Sabah and on whether Manila will actively seek talks to revive its claim.
Valte added that no comments are forthcoming until the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has fully briefed the executive.
Meanwhile, Valte said that the safety of the Filipinos in Sabah was the government’s main concern.
“The primary concern now is their safety and to resolve the incident peacefully,” Valte said, noting that the Philippines had received assurance from Malaysia that the government would encourage the group, which Manila has yet to identify, to leave the area peacefully.
Sabah Police chief Hamza Taib was quoted by local dailies as saying that police were negotiating with the group and expected the standoff to be resolved “very soon with the group returning to their home country.”
Malaysian police have set up a series of roadblocks along the route leading from Lahad Datu through palm oil plantations to the remote village where the gunmen are. Marine police were also patrolling the sea.
Reports identified the leader of the armed group as Raja Muda Azzimudie Kiram, former assistant district officer of Kudat during the time of former chief minister Tun Datu Mustapha Harun from 1967 to 1976.
Azzimudie, who was dressed in white robes, has yet to respond to requests by emissaries to “go home.”
Sultan Jamalul was expected to come by boat from Mindanao, while another sultan was expected to come in from Kuala Lumpur.
Ancestral claim
Armed with pistols, M16 armalite and M14 rifles and documents of the ancestral claim to Sabah, Azzimudie initially led about 30 followers into Sabah. The number grew to 300 in just a few days, it was learned.
The sexagenarian Muslim leader took shelter in the house of a certain Pakcik Umrah.
Umrah and his wife were the only locals left in Kampung Tanduo, while the other families from 15 houses have moved in with relatives in Tanjung Labian, about 30 kilometers away to avoid being caught in the crossfire in case violence erupts.
The group is comprised of Tausugs and Badjaos from the provinces of Basilan, Jolo and Tawi-Tawi. They arrived there on board several boats since last week.
Most of the armed men are aged from 20 to 60. They donned black and gray military fatigues and armed high-powered firearms including grenade launchers.
They are staying in at least six camps that have been set up there.
Sabah Police Commissioner Hamza said that police have contingency plans in the event the talks broke down.
“We are optimistic that the situation will be resolved very soon with the group returning to their home country,” he said.
Malaysian authorities were also in contact with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario.
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