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Security issue should not be politicised: Masidi

Published on: Monday, May 12, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: The security issue in Sabah is of grave concern to everyone and should not be used as a political tool by anyone, said Sabah Umno Liaison Assistant Secretary Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.

He said MCA, instead of criticising and playing the blame game, should be constructive in their input.

Masidi, who is also Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, said after all they (MCA) are within the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition and should offer solutions on how to resolve the problem.

"Referring to people as headless chicken is not the solution.

Name calling is not going to resolve the matter," he said in a statement.

He said MCA should be able to differentiate between politics and matters that affect the State and national security.

"This is highly irresponsible. This is not the time to play politics or push other people's agenda."

Masidi said nobody wanted kidnappings to happen, adding the State Security Council and Esscom were doing their level best within the given capacity.

He said everyone, including the Prime Minister, Chief Minister, Home Affairs Minister and Defence Minister, were working hard to overcome the problem and this included putting drastic measures in place.

Masidi said Esscom was set up with the blessing of the Federal leadership and its effective implementation is a joint responsibility of all stakeholders.

"This involves all Malaysians. We should look beyond party lines on this issue. It should be a concern for all, including the opposition and all MCA members," he said.

"While the MCA is currently outside the Federal Cabinet, it has not abrogated its responsibility as a member of the BN coalition.

The senior member of BN should be seen to be part of the solution to the problem rather than becoming another problem within the Government," he said.