SABAH’S IN TROUBLE, WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
1. Pray for the people involved in the assault (the citizens, journalists, police force and the army).
2. Be cautious of what you say on the internet, especially when it involves race, religion or military issues.
3. Avoid creating ‘wars’ on the internet. The news we received so far might have been biased, incomplete and insufficient for us to make judgments. We have seen enough speeches / statements online that have done purposely to provoke the crowd and create a chaotic environment, especially by cyber-troopers. Everyone should keep calm, avoid unnecessary discussions and arguments with these people, so that these ‘wars’ will come to a stop.
4. Keep yourselves updated to the news in Sabah, and show your concern about the issue. Be ready anytime to help the victims if needed.
5. Know the difference between ‘war’ and ‘politics’, don’t mix them up. The army and the police play a very important role in this event, and yes, they need our support. And keep an eye on politicians who claim themselves to be heroes, don’t be fooled.
6. Stop making fun of the event / posting or reposting insensitive picture jokes about the event. It is a very serious issue here: it involves the name of Malaysia, it involves violence, and it is NOT FUNNY. Posting such insensitive statuses or pictures will irritate and hurt many people, especially those who stay near Lahad Datu.
7. Do not spread rumours, unreliable news sources or guesses. You shouldn’t be commenting on them either. Once you get yourself involved, these stuffs spread faster. It is definitely not a wise thing to do.
8. Get information from different news sources, especially those from credible international news agents. Be rational, don’t be panic, don’t take sides, and don’t blindly listen to the local news.
9. Be rational, don’t just anyhow follow the flow.
10. Love Sabah. It is part of our homeland.