Malaysia’s security concerns: a contemporary assessment

Lai, Yew Meng (2014) Malaysia’s security concerns: a contemporary assessment. Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Malaysia. pp. 391-402.

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Abstract

On the fateful day of 11 February 2013, an approximately 150-strong armed militant group calling themselves the Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo breached the far-eastern borders of Sabah, Malaysia, and landed in Lahad Datu to assert what they claimed as their unresolved territorial rights in North Borneo. Dispatched by one of the self-styled heirs to the throne of the now-defunct Sulu Sultanate, the armed intruders camped in at the remote village of Tanduo, located in the dense oil-palm estate of Felda Sahabat, despite repeated appeals from both the Malaysian and Philippine governments for their peaceful withdrawal. Their defi ant stance unavoidably led to a month-long bloody stand-off with the Malaysian security forces that saw seventy-seven casualties, including nine Malaysian servicemen and six civilians. Not only did the ‘Lahad Datu Incident’ shock the nation, it also served as a timely wake-up call for Malaysia to review its national security preparedness in the face of potential and real threats, from within and externally.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sabah , Malaysia , Sulu Sultanate , security
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: SCHOOL > Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning
Depositing User: Noraini
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 00:22
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 00:22
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/20262

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