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The progressive national democratic partylist, Bayan Muna, has condemned Malaysia’s crackdown on Filipinos within Sabah:
Bayan Muna urged the Aquino government to act swiftly and conduct talks with the Prime Minister of Malaysia for the protection of Filipinos in Sabah while calling on Filipinos many of whom lived in Sabah long before the artificial creation of Malaysia in 1963, to unite and assert their right to stay in Sabah.
Bayan Muna Partylist Congressman Neri Colmenares made the call in an interview this morning citing the crisis has now escalated into a full-blown conflict and shows no sign it will end soon. He added that aside from the reported deaths, there are about 800 thousand Filipinos in Sabah the largest ethnic bloc in Sabah and they will certainly be affected by the conflict if it is not peacefully settled immediately. In fact the flow of refugees in Mindanao fleeing from abuses committed by Malaysian forces is humanitarian crisis in the making.
“We have to take all possible courses to end the conflict the soonest possible time, without abandoning the right of Filipinos to stay in Sabah,” the congressman said. He had also called on Pres. Aquino to conduct high level official talks with Prime Minister Najib Razak not only for the peaceful resolution of the conflict but also to demand protection of Filipinos or those of Filipino descent from abuses committed by Malaysiam authorities.
He also warned that “the conflict can result in a long-term insurgency in Sabah that will revive the call for separation of Sabah from Malaysia. The creation of Malaysia was an imposition of the British on the people of Sabah who have long resented their inclusion in so called Federation controlled by Kuala Lumpur.”.
Colmenares also called on the international community to intervene now to prevent further abuses by Malaysian forces and to avoid the further dislocation and discrimination of our countrymen in Sabah,” he ended.