Hisham: Ap­pre­ci­ate the role of se­cu­rity forces

New Straits Times - - News | Politics -

KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia has the ca­pa­bil­ity to rise to any chal­lenge if the peo­ple stay united and work to­gether for the coun­try.

De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein said the La­had Datu in­tru­sion was an im­por­tant les­son for Malaysians not to be com­pla­cent and to avoid fight­ing with each other.

“This will only open up space for the en­emy to take op­por­tu­nity of the sit­u­a­tion.

“That is why I am not com­fort­able with the ac­tions of cer­tain quar­ters that like to at­tack the in­tegrity and morale of our se­cu­rity forces.

“There­fore, I urge ev­ery­one to con­tinue sup­port­ing and ap­pre­ci­at­ing the role of the se­cu­rity forces.”

He said this at the “Daulat Feb 2013 Bat­tle Hon­our” event at Padang Merdeka here last night.

Present were Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Armed Forces chief Gen­eral Tan Sri Raja Mo­hamed Af­fandi Raja Mo­hamed Noor.

The event was aimed at award­ing and recog­nis­ing the con­tri­bu­tions of mil­i­tary per­son­nel in­volved in the La­had Datu in­tru­sion.

Hisham­mud­din awarded the Bat­tle Hon­our to 12 army reg­i­ments, nine reg­i­ments of the Royal Malaysian Air Force and three reg­i­ments of the Royal Malaysian Navy.

He pre­sented Na­tional Sovereignty medals to 61 mil­i­tary per­son­nel for their ser­vice in Op Daulat. Medal re­cip­i­ent Cap­tain Amar Ab­dul Aziz, 32, ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the gov­ern­ment for recog­nis­ing their con­tri­bu­tions.

“I was among the first troops sent on Feb 12 (2013) to en­ter ground zero (Kam­pung Tan­duo). At that time, the sit­u­a­tion was tense.”

In Fe­bru­ary 2013, fol­low­ers of the self-pro­claimed Sulu Sul­tanate en­tered iso­lated Kam­pung Tan­duo within the Felda Sa­ha­bat es­tate in La­had Datu to stake a claim over Sabah.

First fire­fight oc­curred on March 1, killing two Vat 69 com­man­dos. The fol­low­ing day, six po­lice­men were killed by Filipino gun­men, who stormed the Simunul wa­ter vil­lage in Sem­porna. The in­tru­sion lasted about three months and ended with two more sol­diers killed in the line of duty.

Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.