Nanta: Does Malaysia not love missing Sarawakian soldiers back?

Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Dec 2: Kapit MP Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi demands that the search for two missing Sarawakian soldiers continue until there is some kind of closure for the families.

He requested for search efforts to resume after lambasting Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu for the seeming lack of seriousness in the search for the two men.

“It was a lacklustre effort carried out by the authorities when the two Sarawakian soldiers went missing.

“Our soldiers went missing in July. There was little or no effort to search for them. Then in August, the Irish woman (Nora Anne Quoirin) was reported to be missing.

“And Sarawakians could not help but notice the big difference in the effort put into looking for her. All security forces such as the army and thepolice were mobilised and involved. The search personnel involved at one time was as many as 300. The difference was between earth and heaven.

“In no time, the Irish victim was found. What about our own soldiers? The effort put into looking for Cpl David and Lt Cpl Moses was minimal.

“Both David and Moses are no ordinary people. They are army personnel, risking their lives to serve the country. While they love Malaysia, does Malaysia love them back? That made us very angry and frustrated.

“We hope the army personnel can resume the search and give closure to the families,” Nanta told DayakDaily.

Cpl David Edmund Rapi, 39, from Dalat and L/Cpl Moses Logers, 21, from Bau were reported missing on July 19 while stationed in Pulau Perak, Kedah for “Ops Pejarak”, a Royal Malaysian Navy operation where army personnel were stationed at two islands in the waters between Perak and Kedah.

On July 29, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu announced that the search for the two men was suspended, as there were no leads.

“Please do something, Mr Minister (Sabu). Or next time, when you come to Sarawak during the Sarawak election, you will face angry Sarawakians.

“We feel that we have been looked down upon. When there is no respect for Cpl David and L/Cpl Moses, there is no respect for Sarawak,” said Nanta. — DayakDaily