Monday, March 25, 2013

MEMBINA PERADABAN BANGSA MELAYU BERTERASKAN TAMADUN ISLAM: APA RASIONALNYA?



Mukkadimmah: Pertama, Bangsa Melayu sebagai kaum majoriti di negara ini. Kedua, Bangsa Melayu sebagai bangsa beragama Islam yang elit. Dimensi ketiga ada kaitan dengan politik dan kepimpinan. Keempat ialah dimensi yang melihat betapa pentingnya kekuatan adat resam, sistem nilai, etika, budi pekerti dan budaya dalam memartabatkan Bangsa Melayu. Dan yang kelima bagaimana tamadun Islam yang begitu sebati dengan Bangsa Melayu dapat dijiwai lebih mendalam lagi bagi mengangkat tinggi integriti dan  martabat Bangsa Melayu.
Bangsa Melayu sebagai kaum majoriti di Malaysia. Suku kaum Melanau di Sarawak bukannya kaum majoriti di sana tetapi dek keunggulannya,  semua kaum di Sarawak termasuk bukan Bumiputera, akur dengan kepimpinan yang diterajui suku-kaum Melanau ini.
Suku kaum ini juga adalah di antara suku-kaum yang tergolong dalam rumpun Melayu-Polynesia, maka ia juga dianggap sebagai Bangsa Melayu. Jika ini dapat diteladani, maknanya Bangsa Melayu tidak perlu menjadi bangsa majoriti untuk menjadi dominan.
Maka, apabila menjadi bangsa majoriti, sepatutnyalah ia menjadi bangsa yang lebih unggul, maju dan makmur, yang wajar diteladani. Penulis mengakhiri perenggan ini dengan pertanyaan, adakah Bangsa Melayu di Malaysia yang kini merupakan komponen kaum majoriti merupakan bangsa yang dominan?  Penulis menjangkakan pelbagai jawapan yang berbeza dari mereka yang membaca rencana ini.

Dimensi kedua, wajarkah Bangsa Melayu yang berdasarkan definisinya, wajib beragama Islam, dan bolehkah diterima hakikat bahawa Bangsa Melayu adalah bangsa beragama Islam yang elit? Perenggan ini bermula dengan persoalan yang ingin penulis sendiri jawab dan tentunya ada pembaca yang tidak setuju. Penulis berpendapat ia adalah benar. Manakan tidak, dengan hanya sekitar 18 juta saja penduduk negara ini diklasifikasikan sebagai Bangsa Melayu beragama Islam, bersamaan hanya sekitar satu peratus daripada jumlah penduduk dunia beragama Islam, mereka mampu mendominasi pentas Islam global.
Bangsa Arab di Saudi, terutamanya,  dianugerahkan lima rahmat utama oleh Allah SWT (kebanyakan Nabi & Rasul diturunkan di sana; Islam diturunkan di sana; Kaabah berada di sana; Yahudi dijadikan musuh utama mereka untuk mengajar mereka erti keakraban dalam Islam & black gold (minyak) dilimpahkan banyak kepada mereka).  Bangsa Melayu beragama Islam di Malaysia hanya memilih menjadikan Islam Agama Persekutuan tetapi datang bersamanya rahmat  yang mereka bina sendiri.
Lima rahmat utama ialah  Sultan/Raja Ketua Agama Islam & Majlis Agama Islam yang mengatasi institusi politik & pemerintahan, Tabung Haji sebagai tabungan harta, Bank & Takaful Islam sebagai institusi kewangan & takaful, Universiti/Kolej/Sekolah/Tadika Islam menara gadingnya dan Rejimen Askar Melayu (Islam) pertahanan baginya. Mana ada negara Islam lain yang gah memartabatkan Islam sejajar dengan perundangan Maqasid Syariah yang sebegini rupa?   Bukankah itu sesuatu yang hanya mampu dilakukan oleh bangsa yang  elit status dan kemampuannya!
Ketiga, mengenai politik dan kepimpinan. Walaupun Perlembagaan Persekutuan tidak mencedok bulat-bulat kesemua 47 fasal dalam Piagam Madinah, tidak dinafikan itulah di antara premis yang diguna pakai dalam penggubalan Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Hakikatnya, mana ada satu perlembagaan dalam dunia ini yang sempurna, maka bagi mengukuhkan lagi sistem perundangan di Malaysia, khusus untuk mereka beragama Islam, tanpa menjejas mereka yang bukan Islam, diadakan pula sistem perundangan syariah yang kian hari hampir sempurna  diperlengkap. 
Yang barangkali sering diperdebatkan ekoran manipulasi terhadap  ‘grey areas’ atau pun ‘legal loopholes’ yang masih wujud, dan yang seolah-olah menampakkan sistem perundangan dan kehakiman di Malaysia amat lemah dan tidak Islamik. Walhal itu semua adalah polemik politik semata-mata. Inilah padahnya apabila peneraju institusi politik merasakan mereka berada di atas lain-lain institusi (beyond politics) atau mereka rasa mereka memiliki kekebalan politik untuk dieksploitasi.
Dari tiga dimensi yang sudah dikupas setakat ini, dimensi politik dan kepimpinan inilah yang menghasilkan banyak symptoms of defects terhadap kewibawaan  Bangsa Melayu Beragama Islam ini. Ada banyak lagi causal factors lain tapi dimensi politik dan kepimpinan yang paling ketara menjadi penyebab wabak pertikaian kewibawaan Bangsa Melayu.
Dimensi keempat ialah dimensi yang terabai. Dalam keghairahan mengejar kemajuan dan mendominasi kuasa kepimpinan, semua bangsa di Malaysia dilihat leka dan akhirnya mengabaikan betapa adat resam, nilai budaya, pekerti dan tata-susila yang sama pentingnya dengan kemajuan jasmaniah dalam mengejar kehidupan makmur dan sejahtera ini. Gejala ini bukan saja ibarat gejala dadah, lebih parah lagi ia membenarkan pula budaya asing yang ternyata songsang, untuk kedua kalinya meresap ke dalam sanubari dan menghancurkan sama sekali peradaban Bangsa Melayu yang baru nak dipulihkan selepas pertama kali ia dilacurkan penjajah selama lebih 500 tahun sebelum merdeka.  
Ada satu negara di dunia ini yang sungguh ajaib kebolehan mereka membangunkan kekayaan kebendaan dan kemajuan jasmaniah. Sekalipun dihancurkan tanpa peluang untuk bangkit selepas Perang Dunia Kedua, tetapi tidak sampai pun tiga dekad, mereka sudah kembali maju, malah lebih maju dari sebelumnya. Akan tetapi selepas empat dekad mereka mengecap kemajuan jasmaniah, mereka menyedari kemajuan itu banyak cacat-celanya, kerana ia tidak diimbangi dengan kemajuan rohaniah.
Bangsa tersebut dianggap bangsa tanpa agama, maka pilihan yang ada pada bangsa itu  supaya kembali kepada pegangan budaya. Mujurlah bangsa berkenaan amat kuat (fanatik) pegangan budayanya. Justeru itu, mereka menjadikan  ilmu (pendidikan) dan budaya sebagai asas kemajuan, kemakmuran bangsa dan negaranya.  Penulis pernah mengikuti rapat reformasi pendidikan & budaya yang dilakukan oleh negara berkenaan pada awal 1980an. Penulis berpendapat amat wajar bagi Bangsa Melayu meneladani dengan mengikuti  cara mereka  mengintegrasikan ilmu dan budaya sebagai tiang seri pembangunan dan kemajuan.
Penulis sengaja meletakkan dimensi ini (tamadun Islam) sebagai yang kelima dan yang terakhir dikaitkan dengan tajuk rencana ini. Ini bukan kerana ia yang kelima penting, tetapi sebagai ‘grand finale’ dan untuk bertanya  kenapa Bangsa Melayu memilih agama Islam tetapi tamadun Islamnya tempang. Manakan tidak, hampir kesemua kecacatan yang dinyatakan (sekalipun tidak dihuraikan) berpunca dari ketempangan ini.
Walaupun hanya segelintir Bangsa Melayu beragama Islam yang begitu kewibawaannya, pepatah Melayu ada berkata, ‘ibarat seekor lembu membawa lumpur semuanya terpalit’. Hanya kerana segelintir ini yang ghairah mengejar kemajuan jasmaniah dan kuasa (fame & glory), sudah cukup untuk Bangsa Melayu dihukum dan dimengerti sebagai bangsa yang mengabaikan adat resam, nilai, etika dan budaya serta menjadikan Islam sebagai kosmetik tanpa mengerti langsung worldview of Islam. Malah, perkuburan tamadun Islam jauh lebih terperosok berbanding  peminggiran adat dan budaya Bangsa Melayu yang terabai itu.
Betul, ada banyak dibina institusi bagi memartabatkan Islam; Majlis Agama Islam, ILIM, IKIM, JAKIM, IAIS, CASIS dan macam-macam lagi yang Islam, malah jika boleh, perkhidmatan teksi pun nak di Islamkan, tetapi apakah sumbangan positif dan signifikan mereka secara collective terhadap usaha memartabatkan tamadun Islam? Tepuk dada tanyalah selera.
Debaran semua rakyat menanti pengumuman PRU 13 adalah disebabkan bahang dari api yang dihidupkan bagi menyalakan ‘symptom of defects’ itu.  Isu-isu berkaitan simptom ini banyak diperkatakan, tetapi impaknya masih kabur. Justeru, Majlis Perundingan Melayu, MPM, memberanikan diri menghimpunkan cendekiawan Melayu dari pelbagai kelompok masyarakat untuk menyelami isu ini buat ke sekian kalinya.  Forum Negara di Dewan Negara yang diadakan pada Isnin 25 Mac 2013 dirancang untuk menjadikan PRU13 ini sebagai take-off point. Ia sebagai perancangan dan perlaksanaan satu agenda nasional berteraskan inti pati  Forum Negara tersebut, iaituMembina Peradaban Bangsa Melayu Berteraskan Tamadun Islam.
Bila Bangsa Melayu berperadaban tinggi, diperkukuhkan dengan pegangan kepada amalan dan tamadun Islam, mereka akan menjadi bangsa yang lebih bermartabat dan berwibawa.  Lain-lain kaum di Malaysia tidak akan rasa takut, cemburu atau tercabar kedudukan mereka jika ini terjadi, kerana apabila Bangsa Melayu sebagai bangsa majoriti lebih kuat dari segi budaya dan tamadunnya, ia akan menjadi bangsa yang lebih mampu menerajui pembangunan, kemajuan, kemakmuran dan kesejahteraan semua kaum di Malaysia.  
Isu-isu polemik yang sering dipolitikkan akan lenyap begitu saja. Budaya-budaya negatif dan songsang akan lenyap ditelan zaman dek kekebalan benteng peradaban Bangsa Melayu yang diwarisi sejak zaman  nenek-moyang mereka dulu.  
Bangsa Melayu wajib bangkit kerana ia mampu menjadi bangsa berperadaban tinggi, mulia dan  elit.  Namun,  banyak yang perlu dilakukan, terutama selepas PRU13 kelak.

Dr Hasan Mad
Setiausaha Agung, Majlis Perundingan Melayu, MPM
Selasa, 19 Mac 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Selangor garbage issue: sabotage or mismanagement?


The contentious issue of waste management in Selangor began following the termination of contract by the state government with Alam Flora 16 October 2011. Subsequently, the task was given to the local councils.

Earlier, on April 18 2011, Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said the cleaning work previously done by Alam Flora would be managed by local authorities, while the latter would continue with garbage collection.
According to Khalid the state government had no plans to terminate the garbage collection contract with Alam Flora.

The crunch, however, came when the cessation of the contract for cleaning services badly impacted the contractors under the auspices of Alam Flora. They claimed that the state government must settle the outstanding payment for work done.

Public complaints about the garbage problem in Selangor have lots to do with garbage collection and cleaning works as well as the management of solid waste. Although both tasks which were earlier managed by Alam Flora had been found to be wanting in a several aspects, but not to the extent that opened the matter to a deluge of complaints as can now be seen.

The Selangor state government had consistently maintained that the problem is caused by sabotage by certain individuals. In fact, at one point during a press conference on January 4, 2012, Selangor PAS information chief, Saari Sungib alleged that the sabotage was carried out by UMNO Selangor. He based the accusation on three police reports made by a subsidiary of the state government temporarily charged with the task of garbage collection.

The company, Hebat Abadi Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of Syarikat Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad, KDEB), through its General Manager Ramli Mohd Tahir had lodged three police report alleging that compactor trucks were barred from collecting the garbage.

It is easy to come up with such an accusation, but where is the proof? Shouldn't they seek the help of local residents and certain professional individuals to at least make video recordings of the alleged incidents? This is a serious allegation and the truth must be brought into the open.  Accusing certain organisations or individuals of sabotage without producing concrete proof is a disgrace to the state government.

In any work contract, experience in the scope of services is a vital criterion to be taken into account. Reasonable pricing and lowest bid is secondary. If the bid is low and attractive but the bidder does not have the experience needed, awarding of the contract is a risk, considering that should problems arise more costs need to be expended.

Alam Flora is well-known in cleaning and rubbish collection in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor and Pahang. Therefore, for the state government to appoint a new waste collection contractor, the company selected should have the experience and ability equivalent to Alam Flora.

The problem in Selangor is questionable – is it really a “political attack” or merely a serious problem of management, given that similar problems did not occurr in other Pakatan rakyat administered states, such as Penang. Kedah and Kelantan.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Lahad Datu, Amina Rasul and the dark tentacles of the NED




It is common knowledge that the Lead Convenor of the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy (PCID), Amina Rasul, is a close friend of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The PCID is one of the sponsored bodies, whose links can be traced back to the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which is also active in the Centre for Islam and Democracy, CSID, for the fostering and expansion of a liberal Muslim society and pluralism in the country.

Would it be a surprise to reveal that the NED has, for quiet some time been the modus operandi of the CIA?
Incidentally, the PCID is part of the Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) network.

Similar as in the Middle East, during the initial phase, they would use the ‘people’ slogan with strength derived from street demonstration, and this would subsequently be followed up with funding of terrorists to create instability within the country.

Listen closely to the interview between Amina Rasul and ANC to figure out the crumb trail that leads to the international network.

Saiful's father hastily joins PKR, why not PAS?



Mohd Azlan Lazim, the father of Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan has declared that he has now joined PKR. His membership form, which was duly filled for the purpose, was handed over to PKR Secretary-General Saifuddin Nasution at the party headquarters in Petaling Jaya today.

As expected, he went to great pains to clarify that his joining PKR was not tied to the sodomy issue involving his son.

"I do not intend to betray my biological child, I am still with him. I also appreciate the fact that Saiful will forever love me.

"We must be professional in this matter. What I do today is to join a political party and has nothing to do with the court case…not related to the case my son is pursuing, "he told Antarapos.

When asked to swear to prove to back up what he said, Azlan said there was no need to do so.
"Throughout the history of Malaysia, there had been too many people swearing to vouch for this and that…so, I will not do it, and I am firm with this statement (March 8). "

Asked why he had made an appeal to the Attorney General relating to his son’s case, he said it was his duty as a father.

“As Saiful’s father, I only could make an appeal…and now that the appeal will be heard in June, I am unable to do anything…” he said.

Lenggong Valley has this to ask about the matter:

  • Why the haste and the need to to join PKR and not PAS, where to a certain extent would have lent  credence to his action.
  • What really caused him to back track on the issue? He has to come clean...'repenting' for what would otherwise be seen as 'coming to his senses' over a fabrication is lame, indeed.
Failure to plausibly answer these questions will forever relegate him to endless doubts...

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Teresa Kok behind the 100 acre land grab from PKNS?

Salleh Samad / Pix courtesy of KLpos

Chairman of the Datum Jelatek Task Force Project (BBDJ) Samad Salleh claimed that Kinrara Assemblyman Teresa Kok Suh Sim had monopolized 100 acres of land belonging to  the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) in Bernam.


"Teresa Kok had asked for this 100 acres of the 10,000 (acres) ‘land bank' in Bernam from PKNS for a Chinese settlement… What I do not understand is why the PKNS Board of Directors allowed it.

"The signboard has been put up…so, together with residents of Jelatek and Taman keramat, we have to protest, lest we lose out, “he said when during the ‘Bicara Rakyat’ forum on the controversial Datum Jelatek project.

Salleh also questioned Teresa’s appointment to the PKNS Board, whereas the corporation was set up to look after Malay interests relating to real estate.

“I am surprised to see the Kinrara Assemblyman, Teresa Kok’s name listed among the Board of Directors.

“I feel it strange that this time they did not question such an appointment, while earlier the appointment of the non-Malay former Chairman was disputed, “ said Salleh.

He said the issue over the general manager’s post was fiercely debated, and ultimately making way for Omar Othman to be appointed.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Great leader, who gave no quarter to US interference, Venezuela’s Chavez dies, at 58



Steadfast and staunch anti-imperialist and anti American Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, died Tuesday after losing his battle against cancer. He was 58.

Based on credible theories founded on various precedents, Latin American observers and supporters of Chavez accused his ‘imperialist enemies’ infecting the weakened president with a severe respiratory infection months after he traveled to Cuba for a cancer operation. He underwent his first cancer surgery in Cuba in June 2011, and his last operation was in December after he won reelection to a third term.

Despite succeeding in running Venezuela satisfactorily, he was reviled as a dictator by American conservatives, free-market advocates and American led so-called pro-democracy activists around the world, Chavez was regarded widely by scholars as one the most polarizing political figures the Western Hemisphere has seen in a generation.

The CIA incessentaly builit up the greatest possible international hatred against Chavez, likening him to staunchly dedicated Chinese communist leader, Mao Zedong and other respected independent-thinking leaders, such as Malaysia’s Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

For his leadership of Venezuela, Chavez had built a cult personality with followers — the “Chavistas” — hailing him as a political saint and champion of the poor, which indeed he was.

Chavez rose to power during the 1990s, when Venezuela plunged into economic crisis because of plummeting world oil prices combined with rampant corruption in the government of President Carlos Andres Perez.

World leaders hope for a peaceful election to transfer power. Vice President Nicolas Maduro is expected to assume the presidency of the oil-rich South American nation until an election, which is required within 30 days.

“At this challenging time of President Hugo Chavez’s passing, the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government,” US President Barack Obama said in a statement.

With Chave’s demise, Henrique Capriles Radonski, who lost to  Chávez in a presidential election in October, is expected to again mobilize opposition in the divided nation and provide a formidable challenge for the presidency to  Chavez’s party.

Boosted by a failed coup

In the wake of violent anti-capitalist street demonstrations, Chavez, then a lieutenant colonel in the Venezuelan army, attempted to lead a military coup. When the coup failed, Perez’s government allowed Chavez, a previously unknown figure, to appear on national television to publicly surrender and avoid further bloodshed.

The result was a minute-long televised statement in which Chavez told viewers: “I, alone, shoulder the responsibility for this Bolivarian military uprising.”

The moment immortalized Chavez for supporters, who were impressed that he took responsibility for the failed coup in a break from the tradition of corrupt Venezuelan leaders who never accepted blame for their failures. The story of Chavez’s failed coup and his television appearance soon became the lore in the nation.

 Chavez was swept into the presidency by popular election in 1998 and held on to power meticulously. Once in office, he moved swiftly to draft a new constitution and rename the country the “Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela” to honor Simon Bolivar, the revolutionary who led Venezuela to independence from Spain in 1821.

The move worried Chavez’s monopolistic opponents, many of whom had their private land seized by the government.  Chavez’s office also expropriated all private oil interests in Venezuela and began channeling a portion of its profits into social programs and for the common people of Venezuela.

Free basic health clinics, high school diploma programs and food banks began popping up in poor neighborhoods across the nation. The programs were immediate hits in a country where half of the 25 million citizens were living below the poverty line.

This caused anger among the previously opportunistic few, and soon “democracy” advocates soon became wary. They felt threatened and tried to fight fabricating accusations that Chavez also was moving to centralise and drive the political opposition from the government, as well as stack the country’s highest courts with his supporters.

The trend bruised his legacy with some Latin America observers, particularly in the United States.

Chavez faced growing opposition in 2002, when masses of demonstrators backed by the CIA took to the streets to protest his policies. ProUS, anti-Chavez military officers mounted a coup on April 11 that forced him from office, but the junta soon collapsed amid strong pro-Chavez demonstrations and he was back in office three days later.

Throughout his reign, Chavez dominated Venezuelan state media with his presence. In addition to appearing almost daily for lengthy stretches on state TV, he would speak for hours from towns across Venezuela in a weekly television broadcast called “Hello President.”

He drew the wrath of Washington by building alliances with anti-American nations, including Cuba and Iran. He supplied Cuba with 100,000 barrels of oil a day and allowed Iran to mine for uranium to help its non-violent nuclear-weapons programme, which was painted by the US and its allies as a threat to world peace.  Chavez also supported leaders such as Evo Morales in Bolivia and Rafael Correa in Ecuador.

Popular among U.S. liberals

Chavez’s oil-fueled socialism won him a fan base among many liberals in the United States. He worked with Joseph Kennedy, the eldest son of Robert F. Kennedy, on a program funded by Venezuela’s state-controlled oil monopoly to dole out free heating fuel to poor and elderly Americans.

Former President Jimmy Carter, who observed elections in Venezuela, on Tuesday praised  Chavez for his work on behalf of his people and extended condolences to  Chavez’s family.

“We came to know a man who expressed a vision to bring profound changes to his country to benefit especially those people who had felt neglected and marginalized. Although we have not agreed with all of the methods followed by his government, we have never doubted Hugo Chávez’s commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen,” Carter said in a statement.

However,  Chavez’s Castro-like speeches condemning “U.S. imperialism” garnered the most attention in the English-language media, and conservatives regarded him as a virulently anti-American dictator.

Chavez’s antipathy toward the United States appeared to reach its high point in September 2006, when he addressed the U.N. General Assembly and called President Bush “the devil” bent on preserving “domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world.”

What most observers missed was the effectiveness with which such histrionics served to boost  Chavez’s popularity in Venezuela, where he spent years crafting a careful narrative in which he existed as the hero, standing up to a bully in the neighborhood.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Perisikan Filipina awasi tiga kumpulan subahat tuntutan Sultan Sulu



Menurut sumber perisikan kerajaan Filipina, sama ada waris kesultanan Sulu bertindak sendiri untuk menuntut Sabah atau telah dihasut oleh kuasa luar untuk berbuat demikian, ia perkara yang pasti. Hakikatnya, ia merupakan rancangan di luar keupayaan pihak waris sultan itu.

Menurut sumber tersebut, sememangnya menjadi dasar kerajaan Filipina tidak membangkitkan isu berhubung Sabah.

Tetapi nampaknya sekarang "sesetengah orang" mahu menonjolkan isu berkenaan.

Persoalannya mengapa sekarang? Mengapa pada waktu ini? Itulah yang ingin diketahui oleh pihak perisikan kerajaan.

Sumber-sumber konsisten menyebut tiga kumpulan yang muncul itu telah mengambil kesempatan daripada keputusan kerabat kesultanan Kiram untuk meneruskan tuntutan mereka ke atas Sabah.

"Mereka adalah pihak yang mahu menumpang cita-cita serta tuntutan kesultanan Kiram, berpaksikan kepentingan peribadi tertentu,” kata salah satu sumber.

Sumber lain pula menambah: "Terdapat banyak yang di rasa boleh dimanfaatkan daripada isu ini, bukan sahaja di Filipina, tetapi juga di Malaysia."

Semua ini "faktor luaran," seperti mana sumber-sumber yang diperoleh oleh akhbar ini (Philippine Daily Inquirer)menyifatkan – mereka yang terdiri daripada gabungan kumpulan anti pentadbiran Aquino dan pihak pembangkang politik Malaysia.

“Kerabat kesultanan Kiram telah merancang tuntutan mereka seawal tahun lepas, dan seterusnya bertindak untuk menceroboh di Lahad Datu setelah dipengaruhi kumpulan berkenaan.

"Mereka dikatakan mempengaruhi kerabat kesultanan Kiram supaya menuntut bayaran imbuhan ‘sewa’ yang lebih ke atas Sabah, dan sekiranya Malaysia bersetuju, mereka akan turut memperoleh habuan.

Kumpulan anti-Aquino hanya sekadar ingin memalukan Presiden Aquino, dan sehubungan itu menggunakan proses perdamaian sebagai penyebab kebangkitan sentimen di pihak kerabat kesultanan Kiram.

“Kesemua pihak yang tidak menyukai P-Noy (nama yang sering digunakan terhadap Presiden Aquino oleh rakyat Filipina), telah bergabung tenaga. Ini dilihat sebagai satu cara untuk benar-benar menguji bagaimana pentadbiran beliau memberikan reaksi (terhadap isu seperti ini). Apa jua yang akan berlaku di Malaysia, ia akan memberikan kesan kepada pihak kita,” kata satu sumber.

"Dalam erti kata lain, sesiapa yang mahu mengganggu proses perdamaian atau keuntungan di pihak Presiden Aquino kini setidak-tidaknya telah memperoleh kemenangan," tambah sumber itu lagi.

Kumpulan ketiga didakwa sebagai kumpulan pembangkang politik Malaysia, yang sedang bersiap sedia untuk menghadapi pilihan raya umum yang mungkin akan dipanggil sebelum Jun.

Pegawai perisikan tersebut berkata bahawa salah seorang  ahli politik pembangkang Malaysia yang bersekutu dengan Anwar Ibrahim akan bertanding di Sabah.

"Yang jelas, ahli politik ini adalah salah seorang yang berbincang dengan kerabat kesultanan Kiram. Beliau dikatakan memberi sokongan pembangkang kepada kerabat kesultanan Kiram bagi merealisasikan tuntutan ke atas  Sabah, " kata sumber itu.

Mesyuarat November

Sumber itu juga percaya pada mesyuarat mereka November tahun lepas bahawa kerabat kesultanan Kiram telah memutuskan untuk "menuntut Sabah atau sekurang-kurangnya meminta pampasan yang setimpal dengan nilai tanah hari ini, selain supaya keluarga diraja diberikan pengiktirafan yang sewajarnya oleh Malaysia "

Menurut sumber berkenaan, oleh kerana mereka berketurunan Tausug maka mereka terus keras hati, dan berdegil untuk terus menuntut dikembalikan Sabah, walaupun hingga terpaksa ingkar terhadap Presiden Aquino, kata salah satu sumber.

"Ini adalah pendirian terakhir Sultan Jamalul. Sebagai orang Tausug, mereka sudah sebulat hati memutuskan tindakan untuk meneruskan tuntutan mereka. Hakikatnya pada mereka, ini perkara hidup atau mati demi menjaga kehormatan dan berpegang kepada,” sumber yang merupakan seorang pegawai tentera memberitahu Inquirer.

Bagaimana pun, menurut seorang lagi pentadbir keselamatan yang membuat analisis perkembangan sejak tiga minggu lalu, kerabat kesultanan Kiram nampaknya resah sejak kebelakangan ini.

"Mereka keliru. Kerajaan berharap kita boleh membeli lebih banyak masa, mencari satu cara penyelesaian diplomatik,” tambah sumber itu dengan  merujuk kepada usaha kerajaan untuk membantu menyelesaikan kebuntuan antara pasukan keselamatan Malaysia dan kumpulan bersenjata yang diketuai oleh adik Sultan Jamalul, Agbimuddin Kiram, di Kampung Tanduao, yang telah memasuki minggu ketiga.

Perpaduan Kiram

Sumber The Inquirer diperoleh dari pertubuhan diplomatik dan pertahanan. Mereka meminta supaya dirahsiakan nama mereka kerana tidak dibenarkan bercakap dengan wartawan mengenai analisis perkembangan “penghijrahan pulang kesultanan Kiram ke Sabah.”

Sumber itu berkata kerabat kesultanan Kiram memutuskan untuk bersatu kerana mereka merasakan diri dikecualikan daripada rundingan damai antara pentadbiran Aquino dan Barisan Pembebasan Islam Moro, yang berakhir dengan perjanjian damai awal Oktober lepas.

Menarik perhatian kerajaan 

"Pihak Kiram ingin mendapatkan perhatian kerajaan Filipina," kata sumber itu.

"Selama bertahun-tahun, kerabat kesultanan merasakan mereka dieksploitasi dalam politik. Sultan Jamalul didorong untuk bertanding jawatan senator pada 2010, tetapi tewas. Selepas itu pula surat mereka kepada Presiden Aquino (pada 2010 sebelum beliau memegang jawatan) hilang, "kata sumber itu.

Tambah sumber itu lagi, Kiram dan pengikutnya "merancang untuk pergi ke Lahad Datu" pada akhir Januari tahun ini.

"Pada Februari, satu kumpulan kecil pengikut Kiram berlepas ke Lahad Datu, diikuti oleh Raja Muda Agbimuddin," kata sumber itu.

Anggaran 70 senjata api kini di tangan kumpulan yang bertahan di Kampung Tanduao dimiliki oleh penduduk di Lahad Datu, orang Tausug dan Bajau yang memiliki kad pengenalan Malaysia, kata sumber itu.

Pasukan keselamatan Malaysia telah mengepung kumpulan Agbimuddin,  tetapi tidak bertindak, malahan melanjutkan tempoh untuk kumpulan Agbimuddin meninggalkan Lahad Datu selama tiga kali, sementara lanjutan tempoh keempat diminta oleh kerajaan Filipina sendiri.

Malaysia Berhati-hati

Menurut sumber yang diperoleh Inquirer, kebuntuan terus berlaku kerana pihak Malaysia begitu berhati-hati berurusan dengan kumpulan Agbimmudin.

"Mereka semua umat Islam dan mereka tahu jika berlaku keganasan, ia akan berlanjutan selama-lamanya. Terdapat 800,000 Filipina di Sabah. Ia akan menjadi satu masalah yang besar di Sabah jika keganasan meletus. Pasukan keselamatan Malaysia mungkin akhirnya terpaksa menghadapi pertentangan dengan gerila atau Rido (antara rumpun), " kata sumber itu, menggunakan istilah Islam untuk perang saudara.