A MALAYSIAN LAWMAKER wanted to severe diplomatic ties with the Philippines due to “long-standing terrorism threats” by the Abu Sayyaf Group and members of the Sultanate of Sulu.
“If we can, we cut diplomatic ties with the Philippines because they do not have any link or claim on Sabah. The people of Sabah are living in fear,” Kalabakan MP Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh – of the right-wing Barisan Nasional – said in the Dewan Rakyat (lower house of the Parliament of Malaysia) on Tuesday, according to a report by The Malay Mail.
Abdul Ghapur also said that Sabah’s security has been a long-standing issue and remains unsettled until today, citing recent statements by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said “that though the Philippines no longer has any claim on Sabah, some of its people particularly those in the restive southern islands have trespassed on the north Borneo state and conducted raids, frightening Malaysians for over 50 years.”
The report said Sabah’s porous sea borders has led to a flood of illegal immigrants, particularly from the Philippines and Indonesia, resulting in diverse socio-economic problems.