Bekas Pengarah Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Kuala Lumpur Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim memberi alasan, situasi yang berlaku di Kampung Tandou, Lahad Datu itu tidak banyak berbeza dengan peristiwa di Bukit Jenalik itu.
"Jika kes Sauk boleh diklasifikasi sebagai 'melancarkan atau cuba melancarkan perang ke atas Yang Di-Pertuan Aong atau Yang Di-Pertua Negeri', yang merupakan kesalahan ke atas Negara, maka rakyat boleh menuntut agar undang-undang sama dikenakan ke atas penceroboh Sulu ini.
"Jika rakyat kita sendiri terlibat dalam insiden Sauk boleh dilucutkan senjata atau dibunuh oleh pasukan keselamatan dan kemudiannnya didakwa di mahkamah dan beberapa orang daripadanya dihukum gantung, maka rakyat berhak untuk menyuarakan kemarahan mereka sekiranya perdana menteri (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) yang menjadi menteri pertahanan semasa insiden Sauk, menangani penceroboh ini dengan tindakan ringan," katanya.
Katanya, peguam negara Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, yang bertindak sebagai ketua pendakwa dalam perbicaraan kes melibatkan kumpulan al-Maunah, seharusnya menasihati Yang Di-Pertuan Agong dan perdana menteri berhubung peruntukan undang-undang dalam menangangi kumpulan di Lahad Datu.
Tambahnya, Abdul Gani "pasti dapat mengingati ramuan untuk membuktikan kes yang berlaku di kampung halamannya".
Beliau juga memberi amaran bahawa golongan yang cuba mengeksploitasi insiden Lahad Datu untuk kepentingan politik Najib tidak akan berjaya berbuat demikian.
"Sekiranya tindakan yang diambil ke atas penceroboh bersenjata di Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu kurang berat berbanding tindakan ke atas rakyat kita sendiri dalam insiden Sauk, maka tindakan berkenaan akan dianggap memalukan, khianat, dan pengecut oleh perdana menteri," katanya lagi dalam satu tulisan hari ini.-malaysiakini
Tentera Sulu di Kg Tanduo: Masih jauh dari penyelesaian
Full weight of law must fall on Lahad Datu intruders...
'The Sulu Sultanate invasion of Lahad Datu.' This is the term I consider most appropriate to define the standoff between some 100 heavily armed intruders from the now defunct Sultanate of Sulu and the Malaysian security forces in Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu.
The intruders have made clear that they are there to stay for as long as necessary and more of their kind will be joining them to claim a piece of Sabah that they perceive to belong to their ancestors.
They have also made it clear they are not going to budge, even when threatened with deportation.
If the first batch of 100 or more can infiltrate into our territories without being detected by our security forces, then their back-up forces can row their boats across easily, without any resistance as well.
There was, without any doubt, a security lapse in Sabah waters.
There wouldn't have been an intrusion of such magnitude otherwise.
If we are expecting the Philippines Armed Forces to assist us in preventing them from coming here, we might as well forget it.
If we played them out at the last minute in handing over Manuel Amalilio (left), the most wanted conman who has allegedly cheated some 15,000 Filipinos of almost RM1 billion, then we cannot expect sincere cooperation from them.
While it is not wrong for some BN MPs to question Senator Nick Xenophon's role in visiting Malaysia, it is also not wrong for Malaysians to demand that both the defence minister and the home affairs minister explain the security lapse in Sabah waters that resulted in the Kampung Tandou standoff.
We have lost Pulau Batu Putih (Pedra Branca) to Singapore due to the carelessness and lapse of alertness by some civil servants.
We cannot afford to lose any more of our lands, surrender our sovereignty to criminals or show our weaknesses.
Not so different from Sauk incident
There's not much difference between the standoff in Kampung Tandou, Lahad Datu, and the one that took place in Bukit Jenalik, Sauk, Perak, in July 2000.
The only difference is in the numbers. There were less than 30 in the Sauk incident while there are now at least 100 in Kampung Tandou and more are expected to join them.
If the Sauk case was classified as "waging or attempting to wage war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, a Ruler or Yang Dipertua Negeri", which is an offence against the state, then the citizens can demand the same law be applied to the Sulu invaders.
If our own citizens involved in the Sauk incident can be forcibly disarmed and even killed by the security forces and later charged in the court of law and a few eventually hanged, then the rakyat has the right to voice their outrage should the prime minister, who was the defence minister during the Sauk incident, treat the Sulu invaders with kid gloves.
Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail, who hails from Lahad Datu, Sabah, and who had about two weeks ago promised to take action on the illegal immigrants in Sabah since that is his state, would be failing in his duty should he not advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the prime minister that there are provisions in the Penal Code to deal with those armed criminals from Sulu holed up in Kampung Tandou.
After all Gani, as one of the lead prosecutors in the Sauk incident, will surely remember the ingredients needed to prove this case.
However, should there be any intention or attempt to exploit and use the Lahad Datu incident to spin Najib's profile politically before the impending general election, then they are bound to fail miserably.
Should the actions taken against those armed intruders in Kampung Tanduo be less severe than those imposed against our own citizens in the Sauk incident, then the actions shall be deemed to be a disgraceful, treacherous and cowardly act by the prime minister.-Mat Zain Ibrahim,Malaysiakini