A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops. John Joseph Pershing
Pershing was an American General who was promoted to the highest rank ever held in the U.S Army, General of the Armies. The other American awarded this highest rank was George Washington.
John Pershing had seen many theatres of war. He led the American Expeditionary Force in World War I and many other wars involving the U.S. He was involved in the Philippine-American War and saw action in the battle against the Philippine and was cited for bravery for actions against the Moros on the Cagayan river in the Philippines.
This what he said of the Moros "The Moro is not at all over-awed or impressed by an overwhelming force. If he takes a notion to fight, it is regardless of the number of men he thinks are to be brought against him. You cannot bluff him"
Sabahans are watching closely the nightmare unfolding before their very eyes, a very sad state of affair happening in our once very peaceful state, non of our doings and beyond our control.
Security of the state is the responsibility of the Federal government and you as Commander-In-Chief is fully responsible for the safety and protection of our state and the people.
It is easier to say that we should support the government efforts to resolve the problem and should not make any injurious statement against the government's efforts but needless to say your efforts seemed to bear no fruits. After almost a month your armed forces have shown nothing but screw-ups. We see gross incompetence in the top brass of your police, the military and your ministers. They all have their heads in the cloud.
You have sent 3 or more battalions of soldiers plus police force, air force and naval force to fight a ragtag army of less than 100 rudimentary armed fighters and yet could not find, neutralise, or eliminate them. How many more battalions you need to send over there to end this embarrassing state of affair. They have shamed this country defences to the outside world.
What would it be if there were to be full scale war declared on us?
It is almost a month now and the danger of the armed struggle by the Suluk people exploding into unimaginable nightmare for Sabahans is haunting us ever day.
It is now like the Sword Of Damocles hanging over our heads, which have caused panic among the local population.
It is almost impossible to buy bag of rice and other essential food items from anywhere as they have all disappeared because of panic buying. The situation is going to get worse if the problem is not resolved soonest possible.
Your ministers, IGP and God's know what other incompetents that surrounds you keep telling us Sabahans everything is under control but we see otherwise.They can't even handle this pesky band of fire ants.
I am not a military genius but I can't see any viable military strategy being employed to arrest the problem other than chasing this elusive band of guerrillas that have made mockery of our capability to defend this country.
I have made many suggestions in my previous posts what your security force should do and not do, but none seem to have seen the light of day, not that I expect anyone of them to read this blog. It's just simple common sense that one who knows Sabah well would have done what should have been done.
It is also surprising to me that they have not announce the total ban of the use of pump boats and jongkongs in the waters of Sabah eastern corridor, which should make policing the waters easier and safer for our naval forces. Ban all movement of such crafts and shoot to destroy any unauthorised movement on these waters.
If any politicians complained that the ban will inconvenient the people shoot them too.