He said those fanning the secession sentiments "for their own political agenda" should look at the security threats detected recently, particularly from the Mindanao-based Muslim militants, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and Abu Sayyaf which had pledged allegiance to the struggle of Islamic State (IS) in
Describing the secession group as "those having no other works to do except politics", Hishammuddin said they need to look at Sabah's security from another perspective since "one wrong move could very well mean the end and whatever they are fighting for, including power, will be gone."
He said the existence of Muslim militants supporting the formation of IS in the
Middle East is set to
change the landscape of the threats and security scope in the East Coast of
"This threat is bigger than the current smuggling and kidnapping cases in the East Coast of Sabah," he said when opening the Penampang Umno annual delegates' conference at
in Karamunsing, here, Sunday. Beverly Hotel
Speaking to reporters later, Hishammuddin said the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) led by Nur Misuari, Abu Sayyaf and Sulu Sultanate army, which was fighting to create an Islamic government in southern Philippines and claiming Sabah, was found to be using the IS model.
"In fact, based on the intelligence reports, it is believed that the Abu Sayyaf group has trained certain individuals to be sent to
and fight with IS," he said. Syria
According to Hishammuddin, up to April this year, 19 Malaysians have been arrested for suspected involvement in IS (including two in
They were believed to have been recruited by four militant cells, namely Khaed Al Waled, Al Jemaah Brigade, Daulah Islamiyah and Arakan Daulah Islamiyah Arakan, before being sent to
The authorities were also hot on the heels of five more militants believed to be hiding in southern
, said Hishammuddin. Philippines
"This is not to create fear among the people of
Sabah but this (is based) on the open statement and it is
not impossible. The MNLF before this have expressed their intention to create
an Islamic Caliphate covering the Southern Philippines, Sabah, Sarawak,
Brunei and ,"
he said. Indonesia
Towards this end, a split in a country due to the political polemic sentiment to take Sabah out of
based on racial and
religious issues can be easily exploited by certain groups, he said. Malaysia
"I want to take the opportunity today to remind Umno leaders and the people of
Sabah that there are
limitations in the way in our politicking in trying to win seats and
power," he said.
Even the Nigerian militant, Boko Haram, had also announced its plan to form an Islamic State of Nigeria, he said, adding that these developments should serve as a reminder to the people of
To a question, he said based on intelligence reports so far, the threat to the country as a result of BIFF's support to IS has not reached the level like in the
had heightened their security to the highest level due to the IS threat. Australia
has been put on the highest ever security level alert in the country's history
and it is not mere coincidence. Therefore, the people of Australia Sabah
need to look further.
What message they can get from the action of the Australian government," he said.
Hishammuddin said he had discussed with the Prime Minister on ways to get more funding to be channelled for
security in the Budget 2015 to be tabled on Oct 10.
"This is among the issues that the people of Sabah and
Sarawak have been asking, that the security must not be
compromised at all cost, and this is what we are going to give them," he