Wednesday, 3 April 2013

沙巴东部安全区(ESSZONE)- 迟来的保安措施 // Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (ESSZONE) – An Action Rather Late.




Prime Minister Datu Seri Najib described the intrusion by Sulu terrorists in Lahad Datu as a “wake-up call” for the BN government and there is the need to be better prepared to face external threats. He stressed that the government would not take security for granted. That means the government was sleeping all this while, and only now they woke up.

The cries of Sabah for many decades had been continuously ignored by the federal government. They woke up only when it is already too late. Preventive measures rather than “cure” should have been taken long time ago by the federal government. Why only now? Najib on March 26, 2013 announced the establishment of the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (ESSZONE) to provide the basis needs for the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) comprising 10 districts of Kudat, Kota Marudu, Pitas, Beluran, Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna and Tawau. Six police stations and three more customs, immigration and quarantine stations are to be established within a month in the ESSCOM area.



首相纳吉指出苏绿恐怖份子入侵拿笃的事件已唤醒了政府,因此国阵政府有必要应付外来的威胁。他还强调说政府是不会忽视沙巴州东海岸的保安措施。 他这番言论表示国阵政府一直以来都在睡觉,现在发生了大事才醒过来。

联邦政府在这几十年来一直都忽视着沙巴人民的呐喊。 现在他们终于醒来了,是不是为时已晚,因为伤害已经造成了。 联邦政府应该在很久以前就要采取预防措施,而不是现在才来“治理”。 为何要等到今天才有行动呢? 纳吉于326日宣布东部沙巴安全区(ESSZONE)的建设,依据各区需要提供沙巴东部安全指挥区(ESSCOM),该10个地区包括古达,哥打马鲁都,必打士,必鲁兰,山打根,京那巴当岸,拿笃,古纳,仙本那和斗湖。 6所警察局和三个移民,关税和检疫中心将在一个月内在沙巴东部安全区设立和运作。


我们被告知国防部将负责管理新设立的沙巴东部安全指挥区。一向来沙巴州安全保安的事务是由首相署所管制,如今交给国防部负责。 大家都质疑为何马来西亚安全部队迟迟都没有回应拿笃被入侵的原因,可能是因为沙州的安全事务是由首相署所负责。 2010年,首相署总共雇用43,544人,而在预算案中的拨款是马币三十九亿。

随着拿笃入侵事件发生后,沙巴东部的10个地区已特别归入于2013年成立的公众安全保护条例的沙巴东部安全指挥区,其主席是沙巴首席部长慕沙。 那么至于不在沙巴东部安全区的沙巴的西部安全保障又将会如何呢?

让沙民费解的是,首相署获得如此巨大的拨款用于安全事务上,但是却没有直接用在安全保障的事务上,无论是向内或外,除非是通过有首相管理的国家安全委员会(NSC)来实行该些事务。 现在根据所宣布的沙巴东部安全区表面来看,并非一切都有透明度。 根据联邦宪法,首相是没有立法权,即使是在紧急情况下。 而该权力是由最高元首和国会来决定。

根据前拿笃前警察局长卡米仕达明(Kamis Daming)说,联邦方面从未听取他人意见,也漠视要求提升该地区的安全。 他们常用的藉口是缺乏经费或没有获得分配,然而他们在2010年却可以拨出马币三十九亿的拨款提供于首相署在安全措施方面费用。 这表现出国阵联邦政府对沙巴州的安全保障问题是莫不关心。 他继续提到有关沙巴保安上的基本问题,其中包括保安设施和公务人员,良好的设备和足够的车辆(四轮驱动),快艇,汽油供应和足够的宿舍,保养和维修等等。

现在是时候政府要仔细考量如何确保沙巴的保安获得全面照顾。每天都有大量非法移民进出沙巴州,而且这已经持续了好几十年。 这些非法移民已严重影响了我们的生活,和平与社会秩序,所以这问题是绝对不能姑息。皇家调查委员会(RCI)调查非法移民的结果将可以提供我们许多悬而未决的答案, 而我们必须采取的行动以确保类似的问题将永远不会再出现。 当人民看到纳吉所设立的沙巴东部安全区的举动,就像有一句俗语“要大解,才来建厕所”!

亚庇国会议员邱庆洲



Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (ESSZONE) – An Action Rather Late.

Prime Minister Datu Seri Najib described the intrusion by Sulu terrorists in Lahad Datu as a “wake-up call” for the BN government and there is the need to be better prepared to face external threats. He stressed that the government would not take security for granted. That means the government was sleeping all this while, and only now they woke up.

The cries of Sabah for many decades had been continuously ignored by the federal government. They woke up only when it is already too late. Preventive measures rather than “cure” should have been taken long time ago by the federal government. Why only now? Najib on March 26, 2013 announced the establishment of the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (ESSZONE) to provide the basis needs for the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) comprising 10 districts of Kudat, Kota Marudu, Pitas, Beluran, Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Semporna and Tawau. Six police stations and three more customs, immigration and quarantine stations are to be established within a month in the ESSCOM area.

We are told that the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) will be responsible for the security along the newly-created ESSCOM. Mindef takes over from the all-powerful Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) which had been responsible for security in Sabah. It appeared that the reason why Malaysian security forces have been slow in responding to the Lahad Datu intrusion may be more due to the fact that the PMD was solely responsible for security in Sabah. In 2010, the PMD employed 43,544 people and had a budget of RM 3.9 billion.

With the recent security problems in Lahad Datu, Eastern Sabah covering the 10 districts had been specially assigned ESSCOM set up under the Preservation of Public Security Regulations 2013 and chaired by the Sabah Chief Minister. So, who would be responsible for security in the rest of Sabah not covered by ESSCOM i.e. Western Sabah?

In any case, the PMD with such a huge budget has no business getting involved directly in security matters, internal and external, except through the National Security Council (NSC) headed by the Prime Minister. Taking the announcement on ESSCOM at face value, it seems that not everything is above board. Under the Federal Constitution, the Prime Minister has no legislative power, not even in an emergency situation. Apparently, the power lies with the Yang Di Pertuan Agong and Parliament.

It was mentioned by the ex-Lahad Datu Police Chief, Kamis Daming, that the federal leaders had never entertained the suggestions and requests for upgrading security in the district. The excuses of ‘lack of budget or no allocations’ are lame excuses when RM3.9 billion in 2010 was allocated to PMD for security. This displays a lackadaisical attitude of the federal government to the macro security problems in Sabah. The issues mentioned by him are basic issues that included security and personnel beef-up, scarcity of good condition equipment and vehicles (four wheel drives), petrol boats, fuel supply, good condition and sufficient living quarters or barracks within the police compound, funds for maintenance and repairs, et cetera.

It is time for the people to think carefully how Sabah security is being looked after by the government. There are numerous illegal immigrants coming into Sabah daily, and these have been going on for decades. These have caused serious dangers to our livelihood, peace and order; and must not be tolerated. The outcome of the Royal Commission of Investigation (RCI) on illegal immigrants will provide us with some interesting answers to many lingering questions and the actions we have to take to ensure that such problems will never recur in Sabah. The way we look at the move by Najib to establish the ESSCOM is just like “start to build a toilet when you have a bad stomach ache”, thanks or no thanks!


Hiew King Cheu, KK MP.