What Are The Lessons Learned from Sabah Invasion?





Mar 08 2013
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Malaysian superior and mighty security forces has flushed out the Sulu Sultanate armed invaders – BRAVO to our brave and courageous boys. It was reported 52 of the intruders, together with their general were killed. Although there’re still leftover from the 100 – 500 who came and try to invade Sabah, Malaysian military should have sufficient firepower to neutralize them, once and for all. The best news – none of our security forces personnel was injured since the “Operation Daulat” started with an airstrike by jet fighters of the Royal Malaysian Air Forces. For once, it gets you thinking – what were these intruders thinking – that they could defeat 100,000 Malaysian military forces with their 100 – 500 Rambos?

Sabah Invasion - Air Force Sukhoi Su-30MKM

However, there were confusions and doubts as to the effectiveness of the airstrike as the “mopping up” operations couldn’t find any bodies, according to Agence France Presse. On the other hand, spokesman for sultan Jamalul Kiram III claimed the bomb exploded  as far as 1 km away from his men’s location. It would be a magnificent scenario, with intruders watching the fireworks while devouring their barbeque chicken wing 1km away. They even claimed that the airstrike had actually hit Malaysian own soldiers who moved in to the camp left by the intruders.

 

While every Malaysian is celebrating the victory, the self-proclaimed sultan Jamalul Kiram III is now proposing an exchange of hostages. It seems conflicting reports are making everyone frustrated. Malaysian authorities should be transparent as to the claims made by the intruders. Like it or not, this Sabah invasion issue will not disappear so soon. Nevertheless, what can we learn from this crisis and the weaknesses exposed? The country has lost 8 lives and most importantly the permanent lost-love which is irreplaceable, even with promotions and millions of dollars in assistance funds.

 

 

[ 1 ] Chain of Command & Crisis Management

 

The most sparkling question – can the 8 fallen heroes be avoided, or at least minimized? Based on the ultimate airstrike and ground attack decision which saw no casualties from Malaysian securities forces so far, the answer is obvious. The 8 families could still enjoy their father and husband’s loves, if a clear chain of command and a competent leader was in order in the first place. You do not negotiate with terrorists, let alone sending KFC and Tropicana orange juices to them (*grin*), to the tune of 2 weeks before recognize they’re dangerous. If Cuba were to do the same to Florida, US military would have finished them within hours, the most – mission accomplished.

Sabah Invasion - Commandos Sent to be Slaughtered

If there’s one thing that PM Najib should do after this crisis, it is to transfer Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, his cousin, to probably Ministry of Youth and Sports. This man’s incompetence is beyond anyone’s imaginations. In fact, there’s no difference if you put Hishammuddin or Ng Yen Yen in charge of the Sabah invasion crisis management. Both would screw up big time since they tend to use their mouth instead of brains to do the thinking. Regardless of their religion, a terrorist is still a terrorist and you do not negotiate when your sovereignty has been breached. You do not call for a time-out to negotiate for 2-weeks when you’re being raped, do you (*tongue-in-cheek*)?

 

To make things worse, the chain of command was not visible at all. People do not know if the Home Minister or the IGP (Inspector General of Police) Ismail Omar was in charge initially. Their statements contradicted each other so much so the terrorists were having lots of fun and time exploring their newly invaded land as if they were tourists. Thereafter you’ve Defence Minister Zahid Hamidi and Armed Forces chief Gen Zulkifeli joining the party, and yet there was no clear sign of who was actually in charge of the operation. Once, IGP claimed the airstrike killed 12 Filipino gunmen but later the Armed Forces chief clarified that the 9 bodies of Sulu militants discovered were of those killed in last Friday’s shootout, and not by the air strikes.

Sabah Invasion - Who in Charge

Maybe Malaysia has been enjoying too long a peaceful period that the distance instance of war was not considered into the national security SOP. A clear chain of command should be drafted (if there’s none) for such crisis, and if there’s already one, why wasn’t it followed? If their intention was to be front-paged in newspaper as if they’re war hero, politicians should be thrown out from the command centre’s windows. Let the real man do the job.

 

 

[ 2 ] Military and Defence Logistic

 

The Defence Ministry got RM15.2 billion and RM13.7 billion in their 2013 and 2012 annual budget respectively. While the country has a total of 44 fighter aircraft ranging from Sukhoi Su-30, F/A-18 Hornet, MiG-29, Tiger and Hawk, there seems to be a serious lack of military transport aircraft. The country has 16 units of Lockheed C-130 Hercules with capacity of 92 troops each. Considering you need to transport military hardware into the warzone, there’s hardly any decent transportation means to deliver soldiers to the battleline. This was the reason why  the request for AirAsia Berhad’s (KLSE: AIRASIA, stock-code 5099) commercial flights to transport more army into Sabah warzone.

Sabah Invasion - C-130 Hercules

Perhaps PM Najib failed his geography or he didn’t know that Peninsula Malaysia and the East Malaysia is separated by South China Sea. If the country can afford a US$75 million Boeing 737-700 for his VIP usage, surely a decent number of military transport aircraft should be in the inventory to transport personnels between Peninsula Malaysia and the East Malaysia, no? As former defence minister, PM Najib should know the importance of such basic necessity. Wouldn’t that be more important than 2 units of Scorpene submarines purchased at the cost of RM3.4 billion? Heck, the money spent on submarines alone can be used to purchase 10 units of Boeing 737-700 with lots of loose change left.

Sabah Invasion - PM Boeing 737-700Sabah Invasion - Boeing 737-700

Sure, you may argue that even US military utilizes commercial flights to transport their army. But in the case of US, they only activate such plan during a major operation involving hundreds of thousands of soldiers and tons of hardware equipments. They used it when they need transportation far away, such as in the Middle East. Do you think the US army would be made to check-in at commercial airports before being transported if their own country is invaded? US would be reduced to the size of Singapore if they need 2-weeks to transport army when attacked by Cuba (*grin*).

 

 

[ 3 ] Security Loopholes in East Malaysia

 

Admit it – Sabah and Sarawak are sitting ducks waiting to be invaded anytime by anyone. During the Sabah invasion crisis, up to 7 battalions (about 7,000 soldiers) from Peninsula Malaysia were sent to Sabah. Does that means Sabah alone cannot defend itself from 200 terrorists, since the state does not even have 7,000 soldiers, out of the country’s 100,000 strong army? If Sabah has the numbers, why wasn’t it used instead? Even if Sabah doesn’t have 7,000 soldiers, couldn’t some be sent from Sarawak instead? AirAsia operates between Sabah and Sarawak right?

Sabah Invasion - Map Lahat DatuSabah Invasion - Malaysian Army 2

While Sabah has a long coastline to defend, you do not have to be a genius to figure out where the pirates’ favourite landing points are. Unless they come in using submarine or aircraft carrier, chances are they would be using the same routes as how they migrate illegally into Sabah and subsequently given their “ICs” by former premier Mahathir. If you think the military intelligence does not have this information, then you’re insulting one of the best intelligence units in the world. Furthermore, it’s not as if only Malaysia has coastline on the planet.

Sabah Invasion - Malaysian Army

Now that Sabah has been breached easily by a mere 200 terrorists, there’s a need to restudy the existing national security scope and coverage. If the Sulu Sultanate managed to invade Sabah about a month ago, chances are they would be able to do it again in the future. They must be stopped at all cost, unless you want to grant more “ICs” to them in exchange for their votes.

 

 

[ 4 ] Stop Training Foreign Fighters (Terrorists)

 

The allegations about Malaysia being training camps for terrorists can be googled on the internet. And it’s a known fact that Malaysia trained many of the MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) commanders during their war against the Philippine government. Hadji Acmad Bayam, former chief propagandist of the MNLF, revealed to the Manila Bulletin that these MNLF forces may have at their disposal a huge arsenal, which they hid deep in Sabah’s rugged terrain when they returned to the Philippines after their rigid training. He claimed among the firearms are Belgian-made G1 and FAL, which the late Libya leader Colonel Gaddafi supplied through Malaysia.

Sabah Invasion - MNLF Terrorist

To add insult to injury, Bayam said he was confident the Malaysian authorities will not able to find the hidden MNLF firearms because they were kept very well by the MNLF commanders who stayed behind in Sabah. Now, before the Malaysian government rubbish such claims, Najib administration should confront his mentor Mahathir about this extremely dangerous allegation, unless he wants to keep a time-bomb behind his backyard. If this is true, Sulu Sultanate followers or any Filipino Malaysians can stage another havoc within Sabah itself, whenever they feel like doing so. The sight of these people who can appear to be an innocent citizen and yet can change to a terrorist with a blink of an eye is absolutely scary.

Sabah Invasion - UMNO Project IC

 

As of now, it’s still too early to declare a complete victory over the crisis. The Sabah invasion has opened up a new chapter or wound that may not heal as fast as it started. The war is not over yet. But there’re already 8 families who have lost their father’s and husband’s love forever, thanks to politicians’ incompetence and arrogance.

 

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IM TELLING ITS STILL EXISTING AND WILL EXIST FOR ANOTHER 50YRS THAT SABAH WAR. WHEN NEW PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT CAME IN, NEW WAR WILL START IMMEDIATELY.. SULU PEOPLE WILL NEVER STOP AND WILL BOMB KUALA LUMPUR IN NEXT FEW DAYS… If philippines does not afraid of china, much more were not afraid of taking back the land belong to filipinos.

Pollo Castillo… what COCK and BULL story u are talking about

Are u heading to Lahat Datu for your next assignment??

Sabah is not part of Sulu or the Philiphines and NEVER will be

READ YOUR HISTORY CORRECTLY… Don’t simply THREATEN or BE A COWARD over the Net…

Blood is in UMNO hands because of incompetence and arrogance behaviour. People in those positions are not there because of merit, they are there because of NEP, family relationship and apple polishing. If Malaysia continue to have clowns running the country and not base on merit, we are heading nowhere but joining Mugabe.

Many kampung folks have closed one eye on all those corruptions, murders and bad management by the Federal Government, the kampung folks still continue to vote in the corrupt regime. But now, their sons, fathers, brothers has been killed in the battlefield because of the incompetence of the leaders that they vote in. Well, kampung folks, do you deserve it?

Now, UMNO want to blame the deaths on Tian Chua and Anwar Ibrahim, instead of their own idiots leaders. Blaming on PR until it tilt. I cannot blame those kampung folks all together because Tian Chua, most of the time is an idiot. He causes more PR supporters to distance themselves. Tian Chua is a maniac. Even that is so, life are lost, it is not because of Tian Chua doing and that is the fact.

Kampung folks and UMNO get your facts right.

Yes Tian Chua is an IDIOT…. not fit to be an MP moreover a Malaysian citizen…

Why don’t you vote Tian Chua out of party of parish from Malaysian soil?? Don’t just claim he is an IDIOT..take actionlah… why NO GUTS is it!!

With that IDOIT statement of Tian Chua …the RAKYAT now knows who is actually against the security forces…. PR or BN???? The Kampong folks and the RAKYAT know’s who are protecting them , be it action or morally… definitely not Tian Chua and PR…. Tian Chua does NOT have the guts to face the Lahat Datu people… can he fly there and talk to the RAKYAT there.. I fear the worse for him….

Pepatah Melayu kata… SEBAB MULUT,.. BADAN BINASA….

He’s just fit and have the looks of a Apek jual sayur … rather than a MP…. if this kind of statement of Tian Chua happens in the US or China… do u know what would happened to him??

PR is good in talking BUT habuk puntak dak….ACTION ZERO!!!

Al Fatihah to all perajurit yang telah berkorban demi KEDAULATAN negara sejak dulu hingga sekarang….

Dear reza anak perajurit,

I have quoted and I would like to repeat again:

“Kampung folks and UMNO get your facts right.”

Apa pasal menyalak tak tentu arah. Orang kampung, reza ni have the least pendidikan (as Sharifah like to mention to you). Tian Chua tu sama lah seperti awak, reza. Sama jenis, suka menyalak. Saya dah buat kenyataan, siapa yang mengakibatkan perajurit kita terkorban?

Rakyat nak tahu, siapa yang merbahayakan nyawa perajurit? Silap, silap “penceroboh” tu ada pegang Mykad. Kemungkinan besar yang tembak mati perajurit kita adalah orang Malaysia sendiri. Orang “Malaysia” bunuh orang Malaysia sendiri.

Perajurit cuma mengikut arahan dari atasan, silap silap mungkin pula, reza yang beri arahan kepada askar dan polis.

Bertaubatlah, kamu (reza) telah mengakibatkan perajurit kita terkorban. Bertaubatlah.

Saya berikhlas hati hendak mengulang apa saya nyatakan sekali lagi:

“People in those positions are not there because of merit, they are there because of NEP, family relationship and apple polishing. If Malaysia continue to have clowns running the country and not base on merit, we are heading nowhere but joining Mugabe.”

yeah. paolo castillo kinda has the point but he’s kinda stupid.
the Tausugs… they’re fucking badass,
where the fuck you can get those balls to fight a Constitution by your own self-styled shitness?
since from the start we Filipinos already know that they will lose, of course, it’s like a Mafia vs Street Gangs but look.
And not all the Filipinos don’t give a shit and don’t like to support about Kirams Cause but I’m not one of them, but it doesn’t mean that i am against to Malaysian People
cuz i tried to put my foot on their shoe. 🙂 you know what i mean?
maybe it will last for a Year or a Decade not sure but yeah.
and this coming election let’s see if our future president will bring Back the Ferdinand Marcos Era style. 😉

Do you mean that PKR, DAP and PAS have people based on MERIT… Hi Wave 33… I believe I have made my point very,very clear….

Look at the PR menifesto… HAPUSKAN TOL but the so called
PENANG TUNNEL across Penang which cost 30 Billion wow,wow,wow …I wonder who’s getting those tons of money over 30 kilometers stretch.. TOL lagi…cakap serupa tak bikin…

I rest my case and no point talking to someone who thinks he knows everything tapi habuk takda….

Even Selangor water crisis in deep SHIT if the PR were to be in power for the next 5 years… so MALAYSIAN … think wisely… do you want to RISK with shortage of water for the next 5 years with increasing population in KLang Valley…
Water crisis was never an issue during the BN era…

Read the LAST sms which ASP Zulkifli had send to his wife before he was SHOT… is that another government sendiwara or BN sendiwara?? Only an IDIOT would say it’s a sendiwara!!

During the NAM war or even the WW2 , never had the American
condemn their own soldier BUT I do see the PR would either condemn the soldiers at Lahat Dato incident or the government…. WHAT A JOKE !! NOT FIT TO BE CALL A MALAYSIAN AT ALL !!! WAVE 33, WHY NOT FIND ANOTHER COUNTRY TO SETTLE DOWN IF YOU HATE MALAYSIAN HARMONY…

Ask yourself…what have you done for the country… or even better ask the PR leaders … EVEN SINCE THE LAHAT DATU INCIDENT,… HAVE THEY EVER PAY THEIR RESPECT TO THE FAMILIES OF THE FALLEN HEROES OF LAHAT DATU or HAVE THEY EVEN STEP THEIR SHOES ON LAHAT DATU SOIL TO BOOST THE MORALE OF THE LAHAT DATU PEOPLE OR THE SECURITY FORCES…. NONE AT ALL … IS THIS THE KIND OF LEADERS MALAYSIAN WANTS…. VERY DOUBTFUL AND UNFIT… WHAT MERIT DO THEY HAVE???

Dear reza anak perajurit,

I thought my reply in Bahasa would help, it definitely did not help you to focus on the FACTS.

Words do not kill our armed forces, bullets do and bad management & strategy from the superiors that killed our armed forces. reza, please do your investigation on our Home Minister, Defense Minister, IGP and ATM General.

As, I mentioned and I would like to repeat again: BLOOD is on UMNO hands. Our armed forces died because of poor decision and indecisive action on the intruders.

reza, your ranting and whining does not help here, there are the same with TV3 and Utusan Malaysia blaming words that killed the armed forces.

That could have saved United States trillions of USD by war of words on Iraq.

My condolences to the fallen heroes of our security forces. May those whom cause your death and put you in harms ways be punish soon.

Forgot… Please also punish those whom supported the Home Minister, Defense Minister, IGP and ATM General whom put the security forces into harms ways that causes their death.

Lesson for the Suluk state? Do not make agreements with the British or Malaysian governments (Hong Kong actually had the same agreement, but China is much larger than the Suluk estate could possibly be)
Lesson for Malaysia? Do your history homework first, then work out what or if any future disputes and conflicts that may arise, plan, negotiate, pay rent etc. find win/win solutions ahead of time, *BEFORE* conflicts that affect Malaysias national security arrive.

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