Dearest readers and friends of my wife. I, Ariff, Nur's husband, am moved again to pen this open letter to the Honorable Prime Minister of Malaysia. I am just a lowly lecturer, naive in the ways of politics and war and wouldn't even dream to tell the Prime Minister what he should do. Yet, as a Malaysian and long-time BN supporter, I am heartsick of what is happening in Sabah. So, I ask for forgiveness if what I wrote below is offending to anyone in any way. I don't think anyone of importance will read it but I am compelled to write it because of my love of Malaysia.
To Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia,
Today, we Malaysians are shocked again by the deaths of five more brave policemen in the line of duty. At the time of writing, a total of seven of our brave men have died defending our country. I am not a political man, nor I wish to politicize this issue but the very core of our nationhood is under attack.
Y.A.B. Dato' Sri,
The time for vacillations, negotiations and discussions is over. I contend that it was over the moment the Filipino terrorists landed on our shores. They were never open to any negotiations and had made this point clear many times. They will not accept anything other than the breaking of Malaysia by ceding the state of Sabah. Let us not waste our time and the lives of our servicemen. The invaders are like cancer and the treatment is obvious lest it spreads. It is now spreading to Semporna and Kunak. They are sending reinforcements to try to link with those surrounded in Lahad Datu or at least create diversions. Even a non-military man like me could see this. The longer we wait, the worse it will become.
Y.A.B. Dato' Sri,
I am not a military man, so my opinions are uneducated ones. Yet, it is painfully obvious that the enemy is emboldened by our inactivity. We must strike now and hard as a lesson to all would-be invaders. We have artillery, tanks, fighter planes, warships - use them! We Malaysians do not care of what the Filipinos will think. We want victory.
Y.A.B. Dato' Sri,
We Malaysians more than ever, need a leader in this time of crisis. You, as the Prime Minister is the rightful person to fill this role. Stop whatever you are doing and personally go to Sabah to give the Armed Forces commanders the political will to act. We need you to become our Winston Churchill, our Roosevelt, our Charles de Gaulle. We need you to step up as a war leader. This incident is our Pearl Harbor, our Day of Infamy, our 9/11. Let not history remember you for the things you did not do. Fulfill your destiny. Strike hard and give us victory. Let us read what Churchill said after the fall of France, when Britain stood alone in Europe with Nazi Germany at their doorstep:
Y.A.B. Dato' Sri,We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender...(Winston Churchill, 1940)
WE SHALL NEVER SURRENDER, least of all our pride and dignity, let alone our fellow Sabahans and our territories. The enemy is intent on the destruction of our Federation. Our nation is surrounded by other would-be enemies, waiting to see the best time to take advantage of our weakness. We must show them our resolve. Do not give the invaders any quarter. They have proven themselves to be cowards, liars and dishonorable bandits even as they claim to be pious Muslims. We have a term for this kind of people: munafiqin. The Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. himself refused to parley with such a people during the Liberation of Mecca so why should you? Let not the lives of our seven servicemen be in vain. The Rakyat are behind you. Allah is with us. Give us victory!