*1 shoal - a sandbank or sandbar
What is perhaps more intriguing is that other than the usual "diplomatic" noises, Prime Minister Najib and his cousin, the equally loathed and reviled "Defence Minister" Hishammudin or Kerismudin, have not sent any of our Godwin, Lekiu, Kasturi, Laksamana, Kedah or Perdana combat, frigate, corvette, off-shore, missile and gunboat class ships and fast assault crafts to do some sabre-rattling of our own. Then again, what's happened to "our" two infamous $8 billion Altantuya Class Scorpene Submarines - the KD Tunku Abdul Rahman and KD Tun Abdul Razak - and their Exocet missiles, which Najib said would keep the world at bay from our precious shores and sea limits? Are they only fit to track illegal boat-Indon and Filipino immigrants, having failed to detect the "incursion" at Lahad Datu in 2013?
Are any of our billion ringgit class ships and submarines functional at all? Or are they, as usual, in dry docks for sudden unscheduled "scheduled maintenance" works? Do we have a serviceable marine pea-shooter that can be deployed to high seas in a jiffy, as the Philippines did?
Or, are we too scared of the bullying China to stand up for our own sovereign rights? Make no mistake, China knows exactly what it is doing. It is deliberate, provocative and malice aforethought. It knows it does not have a peg-leg to stand on in its claims in the Spratlys and James Shoal. It is doing exactly what the USA is doing in interfering in the internal politics of Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere, claiming hypocritically and dishonestly that countries 2,000 km away from its shores pose a "security threat" to its citizens.
China is in a kind of war with the West and the rest of the world to secure long-term supply of raw materials and food supplies for its massive 1.4 billion population and industries. It's forays in Africa for minerals smack of subtle colonisation. China dreams of the day it will be recognised as the world's number one economy and superpower, never mind that its western half is wallowing in poverty, and its eartern coastline, blanketed in super smog. A country which has never embraced democratic principles or government in its 5,000-year history knows of no other way of achieving this than by gunboat "diplomacy." But a rose by any other name smells the same; bullying is all the current Chinese leadership knows.
And there is one thing I have instinctively known from the time I was about seven years old, and acted upon without fear, whether in school or outside of it: Always stand up to bullies, or be prepared to be trampled and stomped over! And we all know now that Najib and his Government of Thieves are the most craven of cowards!
Najib and Kerismudin, these "yella bellies" as they would have been plainly and insultingly tagged during the era of cowboys, are selling our future now to China by quaking in their boots against unprincipled dictators and landgrabbers, and not taking a firm stand.
Donplaypuks® with our sovereign territories, man! Be a man, not a mouse!
Read more at: http://www.firstpost.com/world/chinese-ships-patrol-area-contested-by-malaysia-1360211.html?utm_source=ref_articl
Read more at: http://www.firstpost.com/world/chinese-ships-patrol-area-contested-by-malaysia-1360211.html?utm_source=ref_article