Monday, January 27, 2014

What Can We Do? Kasi Amaran Aja La!

Photo taken from China's MOD website regarding their fleet exercises in the South China Sea during the past week, including off James Shoal
Many may not be aware that this happened again over the weekend. Nonetheless what can we do but lodge a political protest after the fact. It is a fact of life that those who are weak will be steamrolled by the strong. Anything more will elicit a response that we may not be able to counter. And strength is something that we do not have now. And in the near term, will not. Even if the naval base in Bintulu is built tomorrow, what assets can we put there anyway without losing our presence elsewhere? On a positive side, maybe this incident may push the Government to buy a HMS Daring class ship...........


Nation

 Chinese ships patrol area contested by Malaysia 
Published: Sunday January 26, 2014 MYT 7:28:00 PM
Updated: Sunday January 26, 2014 MYT 7:34:03 PM

 A screengrab from Google Maps showing the location of James Shoal.


BEIJING (Reuters): Three Chinese ships on Sunday patrolled the James Shoal, an area also claimed by Malaysia, and soldiers and officers on board swore to safeguard its sovereignty, in the latest sign of Beijing's territorial assertiveness in the South China Sea.

The group was made up of an amphibious landing craft, the Changbaishan, and two destroyers, state news agency Xinhua said.

"During the ceremony held in the Zengmu Reef area, soldiers and officers aboard swore an oath of determination to safeguard the country's sovereignty and maritime interests," Xinhua said. Zengmu Reef is the Chinese term for James Shoal.

Xinhua said the fleet commander Jiang Weilie "urged soldiers and officers to always be prepared to fight, improve combat capabilities and lead the forces to help build the country into a maritime power".

China is in an increasingly angry dispute with its neighbours over claims to parts of the potentially oil and gas-rich South China Sea. China lays claim to almost the whole of the sea, which is criss-crossed by crucial shipping lanes.Beijing regards the James Shoal as the southernmost part of the country's territory.

Last March, Malaysia protested against the incursion of four Chinese ships in James Shoal, about 80km off Sarawak on Borneo island. Chinese sailors fired guns in the air during the visit to the shoal.
In April, a Chinese maritime surveillance ship returned to James Shoal to leave behind steel markers to assert its claim.

China upset the Philippines and the United States this month when rules went into force demanding fishing boats seek permission to enter waters under the jurisdiction of China's southern province of Hainan, an area the provincial government says covers much of the South China Sea.

Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines also claim other parts of the South China Sea. China has a separate dispute with Japan in the East China Sea.

(Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee; Editing by Ron Popeski)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nanti mana2 kapal ngan kapal terbang mau lalu James Shoal tue kena bagi tau PLA dulu

Pen Kendi said...

Ini satu incident yang boleh membawa kepada satu conflict berdarah, jikalau tidak direnchana dengan bijak. Walaupun Malaysia mempunyai hubungan istimewa dengan PRC, soal kedaulatan wilayah tidak boleh dipandang ringan atau berdiam diri.

Dari segi Politik – Kita harus menekan PRC supaya tidak melakukan perkara yang sama, walapun sikap PRC sekarang lebih agresif dengan negara jiran. Walaupun, keadaan politik di Malaysia menujukan parti memerintah tidak sekuat pada awal tahun 2000. Pihak politik harus menekan ini adalah urusan Malaysia bukan parti.

Dari segi kententeraan – Inilah masanya bagi kerajaan untuk mengunakan alasan ini untuk meningkatkan perbelanjaan pertahanan yang jarang diberi perhatian oleh permerintah.

abuamir said...

Nanti menteri kangkong akan kata PLAN itu dtg melawat aje kita tak perlu risau. Nanti dah jadi macam kat Lahad Datu baru kelam kabut. Mereka bukan penceroboh????

Cukuplah selama ini kita dikangkongkan.........

mumuchi said...

Entahla PTL cakap insiden tak berlaku, PAT pulak cakap lain. Kementah PRC cakap ya.

mumuchi said...

Entahla PTL cakap insiden tak berlaku, PAT pulak cakap lain. Kementah PRC cakap ya.

abuamir said...

Kita kena hadapi kes ini secara matang dan berpandangan jauh. Secara logik kenapa Singapura perlu perkuatkan tentera mereka berbanding negara jiran yg lebih besar? Adakah mereka tidak tahu negara mereka amat kecil utk dipertahankan? Soal kalah atau menang bukan soalnya tetapi kenapa kita tidak mahu pertahankan hak negara kita? Negara kita mempunyai kemampuan ekonomi utk pertahankan wilayah kita jika ianya ditakbir dgn betul.

Kawasan JS ini merupakan kawasan minyak & gas yg sangat berharga dan Petronas menyumbangkan sehingga RM70 bilion setahun kpd pendapatan negara tetapi kenapa kerajaan tidak boleh peruntukan RM5~ 10 bilion utk pertahankan hak Petronas utk terus mencarigali hasil tersebut.

Apa yg saya bimbangkan spt apa yg terjadi kpd Pulau Batu Putih dan kawasan minyak berhampiran Brunai yg terlepas kpd org lain?

Negara kita sebuah negara yg kaya tetapi disalah takbir segalanya akan hancur.

Anonymous said...

Salah satu ciri negara maju adalah pertahanan yang kuat

Anonymous said...

kes nie nak tunjuk mentality sebenar kite sebagai melayu....tak de tulur,diam jer memanjang,nak lawan cina?biar betol?fikir la secara logic....kapal perang kita nie terbuat dari kangkung apa nak lawan pla???mental kita tak cam indon berani mati...tu navy asutralia jadi gerun,...terima jela kita nie kangkung...kasih jela tanah msia nie