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Sultan to Malaysia: Violent move won’t come first from us


Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram talks to reporters during a news conference in Alabang, south of Manila, Philippines on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. His followers who crossed to the Malaysian state of Sabah this month will not leave and are reclaiming the area as their ancestral territory, the sultan said Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, amid a tense standoff. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Sultan Jamalul Kiram III has ordered his brother and his “Royal Army” in Sabah to keep the barrels of their guns pointed to the ground as an assurance to Malaysia that they were not there to sow violence, the sultan’s spokesperson said Saturday.

Abraham Idjirani told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone that four days ago, Kiram sent a letter to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to pledge that the Sultanate’s followers “came to Sabah to live in peace.”

“The letter said (the Sultan is) pledging to the government of Malaysia that the brother of the Sultan, Rajah Mudah Agbimuddin, will not take any violent step, except if they will be forced to fight against the military of Malaysia. But they will not make the first move,” Idjirani said.

“In fact, the order is to point the barrel of their arms to the ground as proof that there is truth to what they said that they came to Sabah to live in peace,” he added.

Idjirani also said that the Kiram family had sent a letter to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights asking it to look into the reported food blockade implemented by Malaysia against Agbimuddin and his followers.

Agbimuddin and around 300 members of sultan’s Royal Army have been in an section of town of Lahad Datu in Sabah for two weeks now.

The heirs of the sultan of Sulu and their followers sailed to Sabah to pursue their claim on the resource-rich state, saying they felt left out of the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

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Tags: Foreign affairs , Philippine-Malaysia Relations , Sabah claim , Sultan of Sulu

  • opinyonlangpo

    Malaysia should be very very careful. It will be a very very long protracted war specially that its resources will be coming from another country.

    • Mamang Pulis

      palagay ko mananaig ang pagiging Islam ng dalawa— hindi ka ba nagtataka ? kung kristyano mga yan mabilis pa sa alas kwatro ang resbak.

      hindi ka rin ba nagtataka–bakit—si KL ang sponsor ng lahat nyan para guluhin tayo.

      • opinyonlangpo

        If you are not a muslim then you probably do not know them that well. A crown prince will topple his father for the throne, a brother will kill a brother for the throne. And yeah, they love cutting the heads off. A muslim will help a fellow muslim against a non-muslim regardless of who is right or wrong.

  • Matambaka

    Even if the kill this 100+ Tausugs..this  will not end. Every month, every year..this Tausug blood that spill will  have descendants to retaliate upto thier last bloodline…

    Araw araw/buwan2x/taun-taon ba naman may bobomba sa Malaysia? hehe 

    Sakit ng ulo yan…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NNAD6RIVNYJIMODSQTQLUGEQ4A Chester Carlsen

    Why are Malaysian’s ashamed to pay the proper rent to the Sultanate of Sulu? Even The United states of America— pays annual rent for occupying a portion of a poor country in Cuba.”(Reuters) – The United States pays Cuba $4,085 a month in rent for the controversialGuantanamo naval base, but Cuba has only once cashed a check in almost half acentury and then only by mistake, Fidel Castro wrote in an essay published on Friday.”see link here..

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