Sabah extension up to Malaysian foreign ministry


Security personnel questioning a fisherman in Lahad Datu, Sabah. Bernama/The Star-Asia News Network

KLUANG, Johor, Malaysia—The Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be the government agency to decide on an appeal by the Philippines to extend the deadline for the Sulu royal followers to leave Sabah, the Home Ministry said Saturday.

Home Affairs Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said he was informed by Foreign Affairs Minister Anifah Aman about Manila’s request to give the followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III four more days to leave Sabah peacefully as the Filipino heirs to the resource-rich state began to review their position and plan their next move to reclaim the territory formerly known as North Borneo.

Hishammuddin however said that Malaysian police would still conduct operations in a bid to end the standoff with the group, led by his Kiram’s brother, Agbimuddin Kiram.

“The country’s sovereignty and the pride of the people of Sabah must not be taken for granted,” he told reporters.

Malaysia had given the group until Friday to break up camp in Tanduao village in the coastal town of Lahad Datu, Sabah, and go home peacefully or be arrested and deported to the Philippines.

But the sultan’s family announced in a news conference in Manila Friday that Agbimuddin and his group would stay in Sabah until called home.

The Islamic Sultanate of Sulu once controlled parts of Borneo, including the site of the stand-off, as well as southern Philippine islands.

The sultanate leased northern Borneo to the British North Borneo Company in 1878. But in 1963, Great Britain, instead of returning Sabah to the sultanate gave it to Malaysia.

While the sultanate’s authority gradually faded as Western colonial powers exerted their influence over the region, it continued to receive annual lease payments for Sabah. One of the demands of the Sulu royals is increased compensation. With, Agence France-Presse

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  • Rudy Sentosa

    EXTENSION? Malaysian shouldn’t give too much to these pinoys. These pinoys are like: bagi betis tak puas hati nak minta paha. Please charge them RM$400/day/person. So the extension for 400 persons will cost the Philippines government RM160,000/day. Not too much, right? For a week – RM1,120,000. If the pinoys keep coming by thousands for months, Malaysians have the birth right to claim Manila.

  • blackmamba

    You think the Sulu men from Mindanao are just like ordinary Malaysian criminals? think of this, the Sulu people, Tausugs (especiallY)  are proud tribes of the Philippines. Never in history that the Sulu during their rein were defeated, they stubbornly very adoptive in all sorts of battlefield.

    don’t you know that the American 1911 .45 caliber pistols is delicately design for Tausug warriors during American attempt to influenced Mindanao and Sulu? Try to research it before you open your mouth and boast your capability.

    Filipinos has “warrior code.” That is the big difference between us..Actually, many of you Malaysians especially the citizens of Sabah are actually descendants of the Tausugs.

    You just don’t recognized it, because you think being a Malaysian is better than being a Tausug. Shame on you! Your country is way,way,way, back younger than the Sultanate of Sulu.

    You Malaysians claimed that you have been in other international duties as UN peacekeepers, so  is our Armed Forces. mentioning many of your elites as if your have experienced in guerilla warfare.

    IF indeed you have good elite soldiers, why do you have casualties? Note: your casualties are trained and armed (commandos).

    In contrast to  the 12 Filipinos who died martyrs in Lahad Datus who were already COMPLETELY SORROUNDED (as claimed by your police commissioners),  one is a woman….so how is that for a puzzle to think of. Your armed commandos against the Tausugs without proper military training beat you?

    Next, when you police blatantly attacked the house of a Filipino Imam in Sempurna for suspicion of harboring the brother of Sultan Kiram, why kill the Imam and his four children? Malaysian are only good at shooting unarmed people to “score.”

    But that is not how Tausugs do. In retaliation, a handfull Filipinos in Sempurna counter attacked  using only the most primitive weapons they can find that night. two camps of police and military were overrun, arrested a Malaysian local official, two military officials, a police official and ordinary policeman.

    That incident did not come out of your newpapers because the police are the ones feeding your media with ‘sanitized’ reports, so that they will look good in the eyes of the public and also, elections is coming so, they want the officials look macho.

    The Malaysian public reading ‘sanitized’ news reports. I pity you.

    Come to think of it, if the real forces of the Philippines will come to you…We do not rely on modern weapons….we are driven by our warrior code!
    History will prove that during the World War II, Japan only controlled the major cities as what should an occupation force must do.

    But in fact, Japanese soldiers could not sleep well even inside their own camps due to fears of getting attacked by Filipino guerillas everynight.

    has the Malaysians done something like that during World War II?

    We haven’t mentioned our own exploits yet.

    • Hasnan

      i did not realise before this that filipinos can be very boastful! black mamba hopefully does not represent the majority filipinos and if he is a muslim,he does not represent the majority filipino muslims! a good muslim or a good christian for that matter will never be boastful and belittle his ‘enemy’ ..riak and takabor. black mamba…just remember there are over 800,000 filipino migrants in Sabah illegal and otherwise trying to make a decent living working in the labour sector and getting paid better than the average southern filipinos. we malaysian are very tolerant,you see? we the muslim civilians have donated honestly to the muslims in the south and ready to give more. our government was also thinking of giving various aids,financially,socially and physically to the new local government…just on the basis of muslim brotherhood. we were so happy when atlast peace was assured in the south,we thank God for letting us be the mediators between the very sober fillipine government and the muslim group in control … and that may also be the main reason why our muslim majority armed forces did not strike early..reluctance of shedding muslim brothers blood…
      black mamba…face the realities…insyaAllah all will turn out well and if your armed intruders are rational,the earlier they surrender the better for everybody. we never like killing fellow muslims but we also have limited patience. we can tolerate loud mouthed mambas because they may actually be just harmless rat snakes but killing our people (nearly all muslims policemen) ….that, dear mamba is just like poking a broom stick at the nest of wild bees as the Malay saying goes. so,tell your warrior pseudo coded terrorists, surrender or face the consequences. I did not say death because death is in the hand Allah, not mortals like us. I pray that Allah show us the right path to end this. Cowards? no..we are not insyaAllah. dont test our patience too far..please! 

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