The Malaysian Insider’s news article Eskay close to Thai insurgents, leaked US cable shows reported that:
The cable also said that Shazryl shared a 12-page paper on the insurgency and Thai Malay views resulting from his interviews with numerous separatist leaders.
"Eskay credibly appeared to have contacts with a large pool of old guard leaders insurgents and sympathizers from Thailand’s Malay south. His views on the insurgency were the most detailed we heard during five days of travel in northern Malaysia and tracked well in many respects with information and opinions from others," the cable said.
It also said that several Malaysians volunteered they were suspicious of Eskay’s contacts with Malay separatists and alleged Eskay had been involved in controversial business deals in the past.
This is the sort of story that explains why our Thai and Philippine neighbours don’t trust us in the least. And most of the time, ‘twas the States (not Federal) governments that had dabbled in the affairs of neighbouring countries by supporting their separatist insurgencies.
Apparently years ago, some powerful politician in Sabah was supporting the Muslim separatists in southern Philippines. Some said he fantasized himself as a potential Caliph in a new Islamic Caliphate comprising Sabah and the southern part of the Philippines. Even Gaddafi of Libya bought into that meddling of Filipino domestic political affairs.
I wonder whether his fantasy included that dirty word 'secession' [from Malaysia]?
The Thai issue was more of a kinfolk participation, involving mainly Kelantanese, rather than someone’s imperialistic fantasy. But the Thais didn’t (and still don't) trust any Malaysian Muslim officers.
I do not know how true has been a story I heard, that in those anti-CT days when we had a cross-border military liaison office in Songkhla (or was it Hadyaai?), the Thais requested Malaysia to send only non-Muslim military officers as staff there.
I'm sure The Malaysian Insider article would no doubt raise a few ‘told you so’ across the Malaysian-Thai border.
We bristled with outrage when we suspect other nation of interfering in our internal affairs, yet we ourselves couldn't even respect the internal affairs of another nation by refraining from poking our bloody nose and fingers into them.