Warisan upset motion to debate Sulu sultanate heirs’ issue rejected

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by TMR

PARTI Warisan expressed disappointment as the motion submitted simultaneously regarding security threats from the heirs of the Sulu sultanate at the Dewan Rakyat and Sabah State Assembly (DUN) sittings were rejected.

Its president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (picture) said the motion was to ensure the security, sovereignty and assets of the country could be well taken care of.

“Today, we are aware of the incident that took place in Azerbaijan where the assets of Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) became an issue that attracted the attention of various parties from abroad.

“However, I feel sorry when there is an issue like this that is important to Malaysia not only in relation to the sovereignty of our country, but the safety of human life is not debated.

“In fact, I spoke in the DUN hall which is a sovereign platform separate from the Dewan Rakyat. If the voice of the people of Sabah is not heard through this hall, we depend fully on Dewan Rakyat,” he said in a press conference on Monday.

Mohd Shafie, who is also the Senallang State Assemblyman and Semporna MP said before this, not only assets were taken but human lives were also at stake in the incident in Tanduo, Lahad Datu.

“Incident after incident happens not only kidnappings, murders of Malaysians, and this often happens.

“We do not seem to pay attention to this matter when we raise issues related to the sovereignty of Malaysia and the lives of Malaysians,” he said.

In this regard, the former Sabah chief minister believes that Sabah’s position as a province requires a strong defence system.

“I hope this matter will get the attention of the government to examine how the policy of our security system, our national defence system can be ‘reformed’ as best as possible,” he said.

Earlier, the Sabah state legislative assembly rejected a motion to debate the Sultanate of Sulu “heirs” issue submitted by Mohd Shafie.

Speaker Datuk Kadzim M Yahya said the motion was rejected based on Rule 23(2) which requires motions to be submitted within 24 hours of the start of the session.

He noted that as this motion was submitted at 11.25am, which does not meet the 24-hour requirement, it is rejected according to Rule 23(2).

Mohd Shafie, then requested for the motion to be debated on any of the four-day assembly sessions, as it involved the issue of Sabah’s sovereignty.

He also stressed that this issue has been haunting the state of Sabah for 65 years.

“I am not recognising the Sulu Sultanate, but we have laws and I will also be bringing this to Parliament next week,” he said.  

Kadzim, however, advised Mohd Shafie to raise the matter in Parliament, saying that as it involves the federal government, the issue should be handled at the federal level.

Meanwhile, the Dewan Rakyat which took place on the same day was also tumultuous when the motion submitted by Kota Belud MP Isnaraissah Munirah regarding the Sulu claim was also rejected by Tan Sri Azhar Azizan Harun who chaired the session at the time.