Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

Press Statement on Lahad Datu

1 March 2013

The seriousness of the happenings in Sabah particularly in Lahad Datu are matters which are of urgent concern and foreboding because if this can happen in Sabah today it can endanger its future.

All Malaysians and understandably particularly our Sabah brothers must be alarmed and concerned with the failure of securing our borders and safety of our sovereignty from foreign invasion. The seizure of Malaysian territory without any prior knowledge or measures to prevent this from happening must be of deep concern. The integrity and safety of Sabah is challenged as never before.

I had used the term “foreboding” because the population structure has changed to the extent that a different dimension to the events is possible in future. The failure of those responsible to secure our borders is so serious that I feel I had to raise this warning as I believe that the integrity of Sabah and the genuine Sabahans must be protected at all costs as a political responsibility.

I plead to all Malaysians to give support to the Sabahans in this hour of their great concern


Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

Member of Parliament Gua Musang

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia