Published on: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Tawau: The Government is leaving it to the Attorney-General to state the nation's stand over the accusation by Jamalul Kiram III that Malaysia had breached the Geneva Convention during the recent attacks by the militant group on Malaysian security forces in Lahad Datu and Semporna.
This is because the Prime Minister has stated that Malaysia made the right decision in counter-attacking the Suluk terrorists for breaching the nation's sovereignty and killing Malaysian security forces.
A spokesman of the self-styled Sultan of Sulu, Abraham Idjirani, accused Malaysia of breaching the Geneva Convention by leaving the members of the militant group hungry during the clashes between the Malaysian security forces and the group.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the accusation by the leader of the Suluk terrorists was simply absurd because the security forces were only defending Malaysian territories.
"What we are doing is right and the truth. Regarding legal aspects, we leave it to the Attorney-General," he said, after a briefing by Tawau police, Wednesday.
On the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM), Hishammuddin said all parties involved are working hard to achieve it.
He said despite facing a 1,400km coastline, the ESSCOM is possible if all the relevant agencies cooperate with one another.
He also gave his assurance that Tawau and its coastline is safe and under control from any intrusion because the security forces have increased its monitoring and patrolling.
Further on security, he said the intrusion should serve as an emergency call to all leaders and people irrespective of race and religion that the peace they have been enjoying could be snatched in a blink of an eye.
Hence, they all should strive to strengthen the unity among them to ensure security and peace in the country is maintained.