For The Opposition Politics Trumps Everything Even National Interest


 



Parliamentary speaker Azhar Azizan Harun has chided MPs who want to debate claims over Petronas assets by the purported heirs of the Sulu sultanate, as this could reveal the government’s legal strategies to the enemy.
“Do we want as we are debating this, I don’t know what will be said, the government’s strategy revealed, and there are criticisms of it?
“Then the other side can learn (our strategy). Would that not hurt the government’s interest in its litigation proceedings? Do we want to show our strategy to the world?
“The first rule of litigation is the element of surprise, the first rule of war is the same,” he said in Parliament on June 20.
Hence, the speaker said it was his responsibility to ensure that the government’s strategies were not exposed.
The purported heirs of the last Sulu sultan, Sultan Jamalul Kiram II, are using international legal processes in a bid to claim US$14.92 billion (RM66.38 billion) in overdue cession payments for Sabah.
The arbitration process was initiated in response to Malaysia cutting off the annual cession payments of RM5,300 to the Sulu sultanate in 2013.
Following the award, the Sulu side, via their lawyers, managed to seize two Luxembourg-incorporated subsidiaries of Petronas worth US$2 billion (RM8.9 billion).
Malaysia is challenging the Sulu claim in courts in Spain and France, which Azhar argues makes any debate on the matter run afoul of Parliament standing orders on sub judice.
Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Azizan HarunLie or wrongful action?
Former premier Najib Abdul Razak is being blamed for cutting off the annual cession payments in 2013, and in line with the call by newly minted PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli that PKR members must lodge police reports every time Najib tells “lies”, over 100 PKR divisions had lodged police reports against Najib on July 19.
But where is the lie, and where is the truth when what Najib did was just cutting off the annual payments? It is indeed very strange for PKR to describe this action as constituting lies.
At most, it should be seen as just whether Najib’s action then was right or wrong. It has nothing to do with lies.
And why the need to overwhelm the police, whose main duty is to keep law and order, with over 100 reports of the same thing?
One would have thought that after some years of living in the political wilderness, Rafizi’s comeback to politics would add some dynamism to PKR and the nation’s political scene.
But sad to say, this will not be the case, as he can’t even tell the difference between a lie and an action that could be right or wrong.
And so, politics in Malaysia will be the same old, same old of scoring points in order to win power, and the same power-hungry politicians will again be at the forefront of politics for some years to come.
PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli‘Saisie-arret’
As it is, things are favourable on the Malaysian side. Firstly, on July 12, Malaysia obtained a stay order against the enforcement of a French arbitration court ruling ordering the government to pay US$14.9 billion to the descendants of a late sultan over a colonial-era land deal.
The Paris Court of Appeal allowed an application by the Malaysian government for the stay after finding enforcement of the award could infringe the country’s sovereignty, Malaysia’s law minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said in a statement.
Secondly, Petronas has clarified through a statement although its two subsidiaries – Petronas Azerbaijan (Shah Deniz) Sàrl and Petronas South Caucasus Sàrl – had been served with ‘Saisie-arret’ on July 11, both subsidiaries have previously divested their entire assets in the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the proceeds from the exercise have been duly repatriated.
‘Saisie-arret’ is a French term which generally means an act of seizure based on the number of judgments or arbitral awards obtained.
Petronas views the actions taken against it as baseless and is working vigorously to defend its legal position on this matter.
Hence, while the final conclusion of this saga will be played out in the courtroom in Paris, for Malaysians, including MPs, it is enough for them to know the basic outline of the saga as provided by the government.
Revealing more through parliamentary debate will only hurt national interest, as the other party will duly listen and take appropriate actions.
Ambigious term
The genesis of the Sulu claims on Sabah was vested in historical fact when in 1878, the Sultan of Sulu decided to grant and cede what is now Sabah to a British company.
The bone of contention in the 1878 agreement is the Malay word “pajakkan” used in the agreement. While Spanish linguists in 1878 and American anthropologists H Otley Beyer and Harold Conklin in 1946 translated “pajakkan” as “arrendamiento” or “to lease”, the British used the interpretation of historian Najeeb Mitry Saleeby in 1908, and William George Maxwell and William Summer Gibson in 1924, which translated “pajakkan” as “to grant and cede”.
The 1878 agreement also stipulated that in return for this cessation of territory, the British company must pay an annual sum of 5,000 to the Sulu sultan. And subsequently, under the British rule of Sabah, it had always paid these cessation monies.
The tussle between Malaysia and the Philippines over Sabah had been a long-standing one. The Suluks wanted Sabah to be returned to them, claiming it was seized by the British from their government.
But Malaysia had always rejected the Philippines’ territorial claim to Sabah as it deemed Sabah residents had exercised their right to self-determination when they voted to join the Malaysian federation in 1963.
The Sulu sultanate also lost its rights in the Madrid protocol of 1885 when their predecessors, Spain, relinquished all their claims to Sabah, giving all control to Malaysia’s predecessors, the British.
However, it was subsequently learnt the Malaysian Embassy in the Philippines was issuing cheques for RM5,300 to the legal counsel of the heirs of the Sultan of Sulu in keeping with the terms of an 1887 agreement.
While Malaysia, and its predecessors, the British, considered it as an annual cession payment for the disputed state, the sultan’s descendants considered it as “rent”.
But all these ambiguities were settled when in 1903, Sultan Jamalul Kiram II, signed a document known as the “Confirmation of cession of certain islands”, under which he granted and ceded additional islands, in addition to the land agreed upon in 1878, in the vicinity of the mainland of North Borneo from Banggi Island to Sibuku Bay to the British North Borneo Company.
In the 1903 agreement, the ambiguous term “pajakkan” was no longer used. Instead, the phrase “kita telah keredai menyerahkan kepada pemerintah British North Borneo”, which literally means “we have willingly surrendered to the Government of British North Borneo”, was used in the agreement, asserting the understanding of the Sulu Sultanate of that time of the meaning of the earlier agreement in 1878.
The confirmatory deed of 1903 makes it known and understood between the two parties that the islands mentioned were included in the cession of the districts and islands mentioned in the 1878 agreement. The originally agreed 5,000 dollars increased to 5,300 dollars per year, payable annually since 1903.
Thus it is very important to understand the historical perspective of an international agreement, as one will only ignore history at one’s own peril. - Mkini
JAMARI MOHTAR is the editor of Let’s Talk!, an e-newsletter on current affairs.
The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of MMKtT.


Artikel ini hanyalah simpanan cache dari url asal penulis yang berkebarangkalian sudah terlalu lama atau sudah dibuang :

http://malaysiansmustknowthetruth.blogspot.com/2022/07/for-opposition-politics-trumps.html

Kempen Promosi dan Iklan
Kami memerlukan jasa baik anda untuk menyokong kempen pengiklanan dalam website kami. Serba sedikit anda telah membantu kami untuk mengekalkan servis percuma aggregating ini kepada semua.

Anda juga boleh memberikan sumbangan anda kepada kami dengan menghubungi kami di sini
How To Pick The Best Solar Powered Generator For Your Home

How To Pick The Best Solar Powered Generator For Your Home

papar berkaitan - pada 20/7/2022 - jumlah : 119 hits
Solar powered generators are an excellent source of backup energy as they can be used to power a wide range of household appliances during power outages and for living off the grid Compared to traditional gas powered The post appeared first...
Is Azam Bracing For The Coming Storm

Is Azam Bracing For The Coming Storm

papar berkaitan - pada 27/7/2022 - jumlah : 99 hits
From Edmund Terence GomezWhy would Azam Baki the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission chief commissioner denounce the highly regarded Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International Azam is quoted as stating that since the CPI is...
Top News From The Google For Games Developer Summit

Top News From The Google For Games Developer Summit

papar berkaitan - pada 20/7/2022 - jumlah : 127 hits
This week we hosted the a free digital event for developers publishers and advertisers to discuss what s new in games And with over across platforms there was plenty of ground to cover From Android Game Development Kit updates to the new Im...
Youths Polled Say They Ll Vote For The Good Of Malaysia In Ge15 Not Along Partisan Lines

Youths Polled Say They Ll Vote For The Good Of Malaysia In Ge15 Not Along Partisan Lines

papar berkaitan - pada 14/7/2022 - jumlah : 104 hits
After being tabled and passed in Parliament in December last year Undi18 and automatic voter registration will see the addition of 5 8 million new voters to the electoral roll for the 15th general election With 40 per cent of that number co...
Gorgeous Outdoor Bathrooms For A Shower Under The Sun Exactly

Gorgeous Outdoor Bathrooms For A Shower Under The Sun Exactly

papar berkaitan - pada 19/7/2022 - jumlah : 110 hits
Just like the living room or the kitchen the bathroom no longer has borders and is now installed outside A room dedicated to relaxation and relaxation it becomes even more pleasant when its environment is green The post appeared first on
Discontinuing Mou Would Be Against Interest Of The Rakyat Nazri Aziz Tells Umno Info Chief

Discontinuing Mou Would Be Against Interest Of The Rakyat Nazri Aziz Tells Umno Info Chief

papar berkaitan - pada 15/7/2022 - jumlah : 77 hits
Umno strongman Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz today said that discontinuing the Memorandum of Understanding between the current administration and Pakatan Harapan would go against the interest of the people Referring to Umno information chief Shahri...
16 Cheerful Sunflower Pillow Designs For The Summer

16 Cheerful Sunflower Pillow Designs For The Summer

papar berkaitan - pada 23/7/2022 - jumlah : 149 hits
A really easy way of changing your home d cor based on the season is by dressing up the pillows in your living room It s cheap easy and impactful So this summer you should consider putting The post appeared first on
Most Pathetic Reception In Saudi Arabia For Joe Biden The President Of The United States

Most Pathetic Reception In Saudi Arabia For Joe Biden The President Of The United States

papar berkaitan - pada 20/7/2022 - jumlah : 108 hits
Senile President Joe Biden and his entourage arrived in Saudi Arabia recently to the rudest and most crudest reception for any head of State especially for the President of the United States You can see in the video here First of all Biden ...
Fatal Flaws Inflation Interest Rates And The Ringgit

Fatal Flaws Inflation Interest Rates And The Ringgit

papar berkaitan - pada 14/7/2022 - jumlah : 116 hits
There is an intricate convoluted but eventually logical relationship between inflation interest rates and the exchange rate which if misunderstood or if adherence to a particular school of thought is too strict can result in some fatal flaw...
4fingers Senarai Menu Harga Terkini

Kisah Tokoh Agung Bernama Zulkarnain

Anak Erni Zakri Kini Sudah 7 Bulan Banyak Cakap Semua Benda Nak

Filem Terbaru Cloverfield Sedang Dalam Pembangunan

Tahniah Johor Darul Takzim Juara Sukan Malaysia Sukma Xx Msn 2022 Dan Kedudukan Pingat Sukma Xx Msn 2022

Adik Saya Di Dera Kes Pelajar Di Dera Di Madrasah Maha Zalim L Mohon Pihak Berwajib Ambil Tindakan

Kak Wan Mee Celup Bukit Bunga Kelantan

3 Kali Pujuk Tak Layan Sekali Abie Ayat Terus Okay Gelagat Adik Ni Buat Ramai Terhibur



6 Teknik Pemasaran Salah Tapi Kita Benarkan Tanpa Sedar

Biodata Penyanyi Tomok New Boyz Peserta Gegar Vaganza 2022 Musim 9 GV9

Fahami Status Bankrap Risiko Kesan Dan Salah Faham

Biodata Penyanyi Fuad Rahman Singapura Peserta Gegar Vaganza 2022 Musim 9 GV9

5 Selebriti Yang Memiliki Kelab Bola Sepak Sendiri


Cuma 2 Hari Bergelar Isteri Gadis 17 Tahun Tak Nak Pegang Gelaran Janda

Buasir Otak Tv Ya Sudahlah

Cara Untuk Memaparkan Peratusan Bateri Pada Layar Peranti Android

Ibu Tunggal Paksa Anak Gadis Bawah Umur S Ks Dengan Ramai Lelaki Untuk Bayar Hutang Lelaki Umur 60 Tahun Pun Ada

Ayah Jenis Alim Orangnya Tak Suka Hiburan Atau Jenis Macam Ni Remaja Reda Koleksi Barangan K Pop Dibakar

Jamboo Cafe Di Kuala Lumpur Cafe Yang Cantik Dengan Menu Sihat Yang Menarik