PITAS, Feb 14 ― Defence Deputy Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri has reminded the public not to take security matters lightly, by giving room to irresponsible people to bring disorder to the country.
He said armed cross-border crime and terrorism-related violence was now a threat to all countries, including Malaysia, and it would be difficult to contain if they were given the space and opportunity to cause threats.
“The people of Sabah should not fall prey to incitement from certain groups. Their extremist acts will, no doubt open up space to endanger the security of the people and the country.
“The action of separatist group, Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia (SSKM) which is trying to incite the people, is like stirring up a hornet’s nest.
“There is no country in the world that allows separatist groups to move freely, be it an advanced nation such as Britain (Nothern Ireland conflict) which is upholding democratic freedom, or a third world country like Indonesia (Acheh and Irian Jaya),” he said.
Abdul Rahim, who is also Kudat member of parliament, was speaking to reporters at a Chinese New Year event in Pitas.
He also handed out ang pows to 200 recipients, welfare aid (55 recipients) and post-flood relief aid (100) during the event. ― Bernama