Thursday March 21, 2013
Don’t fish in murky water, Nur Misuari told
KUCHING: Foreign Deputy Minister Datuk Richard Riot has told the former Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari “not to fish in murky water” following the latter’s statement that the state also belongs to them.
“As a Foreign Deputy Minister, especially when I come from Sarawak, I feel duty-bound to clarify things.
“I urge him, for the good of his fellow countrymen and the Government of the Philippines, to which he owes his loyalty, to devote his remaining energy and time to the peace accord within the framework agreement that has been signed recently between the Philippine Government and Bangsamoro for long lasting peace in Mindanao.
“My advice to Misuari is, if he is a peace-loving man as he desperately claimed to be, and if he really loves and cares for his Bangsamoro, he should support and join the efforts towards the peace agreement rather than trying to take advantage of Lahad Datu episode to advance his personal selfish agenda,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
Riot said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had made it categorically clear to everyone that Sabah was part of the country and no one should ever question its sovereignty and territorial integrity as a legitimate part of the country’s territory.
“Malaysia will vehemently protect and defend every inch of Sabah against foreign aggression and any hostile action.
“Malaysia is a peace-loving country. Promotion of peace is one of the pillars of our foreign policy.
“There is nothing that we desire for our neighbours more than for them to enjoy peace, stability and prosperity,” he added.
It was for this reason, he said, that the country had been actively involved in peace-keeping missions all over the world and was willing to broker peace efforts in its neighbouring countries, particularly in the Philippines.
“We have witnessed that turmoil and instability in southern Philippines have certainly brought no advantage to anyone but only to burden Malaysia and other neighbouring countries having to host those fleeing their homes for safety and better lives,” he added.