Name the "3
Teck Lee (April 30, 2103)
Ever since the irresponsible "startling disclosure" by the defence
minister that 3 opposition leaders were involved in the Philippine Sulu
incursion last February, several enquiries have been directed at me by
people who wonder if the "one Sabah opposition leader" were me.
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As a matter of fact, I have been speaking on this subject of the
Philippine Sulu incursion at KK, Tawau and Sandakan. I displayed
Philippine territorial maps in which Sabah is visible. The maps, bought in
the Philippine book shops years ago, are a constant reminder to Filipinos
about the place called Sabah/North Borneo. It is relevant that the maps do
not label Sabah (Malaysia) but merely Sabah (North Borneo). The maps keep
open the issue of the Sabah claim in the mindset of Filipinos.
But when the defence minister out of the blue and without details made the
startling claim publicly that a Sabah opposition leader is involved in the
Philippine incursion, instantly I got queries and even from an
international media. In order to clear any shadow of doubt before the
polling day, I had wanted the defence minister to retract the "disclosure"
or else to name the "3 opposition leaders".
The defence minister's "disclosure" has casted a heavy psychological
burden on me and indeed very worrying. Realising how lies and trumped up
charges have been used before to discredit opposition leaders, I have
every reason to be concerned.
This is because I have been informed that recently there was indeed a
report to the police that I was involved, partly financed and met the
leaders of the intruders, including one of the Kiram family, in Kota
Kinabalu last year. If true, the involvement in the Philippine Sulu
incursion is treason against the country and war against the Agong which
is punishable by death.
I am not involved in any way whatsoever, whether directly or indirectly. I
have never met any member of the Kiram clan in Sabah or anywhere else. All
contacts that I had with the Philippines authorities, the Autonomous
Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and MNLF leader Nur Misuari were under
the purview of the National Security Council when I was the Sabah Security
Committee Chairman (and Chief Minister). Any subsequent contacts that I
had later with the Philippine ambassador and officials relate to the
presence of illegal immigrants in Sabah, not the Sabah Claim. I have
already made this clear to the top ranking police officer from Bukit Aman
when I was first hauled up for investigation earlier this month. I even
turned down attempts by a senior official of the Philippine foreign
ministry, who was ambassador to Malaysia during my term as Chief Minister,
to meet me in the aftermath of the Sulu incursion.
Due to the sensitive nature of the case and in order not to jeopardise
ongoing investigations, I had kept this investigation to myself. But when
the defence minister publicly made the allegation of a Sabah opposition
leader being involved, I am truly concerned that the false allegation has
been laid to discredit and to nail me very soon. After all there are not
that many Sabah opposition leaders; much less Sabah leaders speaking on
the Philippine Sulu incursions and its long term implications.
If there is no retraction or identifying the Sabah opposition leader
concerned, then I have no choice but to make public my innocence against
the false allegations about me and remove all doubts in the minds of the
people and the security forces and police. This I will do on Wednesday,
May 1 evening, although it is already too late for the benefit of the
security forces and police who have casted their votes by May 1.
It is no coincidence that the defence minister had made the "disclosure"
on the eve of postal balloting by the security forces who had to bear the
brunt of the Philippine Sulu incursion. The defence minister is guilty of
playing politics with national security.
Yong Teck Lee, President of SAPP