Sultan’s men, Malaysian forces exchange fire


MANILA, Philippines — Malaysian security forces clashed with members of the Sulu sultanate’s “royal army” Friday, with casualties feared on both sides, reports culled by

From Davao City, a Sabah-based radio station said its short wave broadcast monitored the firefight off Lahad Datu where close to 200 men of Sultan Jamalul Kiram have encamped to defend the Sulu Sultanate’s claim on Sabah.

The station said its reporter was stationed near Felda 17, the seaside village where Agbimuddin Kiram and his armed followers of about 180 had been holed up since February 12.

The station quoted its reporter as saying that he heard heavy firing shortly after 10 a.m.

The Sabah radio said efforts to get comments from Malaysian authorities failed as they were mum on the incident but some villagers claimed seeing bodies being moved out.

Interviewed separately by phone, Sultanate spokesman Abraham Idjirani in Manila and Datu Shaifuddin Kiram said their supporters were defending themselves from the Malaysian police commando forces.

“Nagsimula na po yung putukan, 10:00 dito kanina,” said Shaiffudin, the eighth among the siblings and youngest brother of Sultan Jamalul.

“Nagsimula po siya, ang nauna po yung Malaysian government po,” he said.

Shaiffudin said their last information was that there were casualties on both sides but said they have no details since they have lost contact with their people in Lahad Datu.

“Didipensahan nila yung sarili nila ho, wala nang iba kundi dipensahan yung sarili nila. So ang mangyayari na lang po, since sa media po tayo, yung concern po natin na is Pilipino na nandoon. Dapat ilabas natin ang tama para at least magising po yung mga tao lahat na tungkol dito sa isyu na ito,” he said.

The Sultan’s wife Dayang Dayang Fatima Celia Kiram, meanwhile said they were leaving it up to Allah.

“The Sultan called for the Immam to hold a prayer n asana hindi ito magtuluy tuloy,” she said but added that their supporters “were ready to die for the sake of truth.”

Meanwhile,  the Sultan said he did not believe reports that his brother Rajah Muda was arrested by Malaysian authorities.

“Hindi yun magpapahuli ng buhay,” the Sultan said. (With reports from Tetch Torres,; Ruel Perez, Radyo Inquirer 990AM.

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  • Johnny Castro

    Ang tunay na matatapang na Muslim un mga natira sa middle east, suicide bomber,tlagang sakripisyo buhay nila.a

    Muslim sa pinas wala man lang nag suicde bomber tas matapang daw,wala nmang ginagawa kundi tumakbo sa gubat at magtago pag  merong Marines at Army..

    • CommonSens6

      Not all suicide bombers do it by choice or for a cause. Some of them are forced or threatened like  pinapili siya… ang mga anak at asawa niya or siya ang mamatay. Ano ba palagay mo ginagawa ng mga grupo na yan… picnic? These people are resigned to the fact that they will not get out of there alive… is that cowardice???

  • Klepto

    Yan ang tama. Bakbakan at putukan. Walang mapapala sa tinatawag na “talks” lang. Kapag daldal at satsat, walang mangyayari. Aksiyon kaagad ang kailangan!!!

    Sana hindi na makikinig si Sultan kay Panot. Tarantado yang si Panot, mahilig lang yan sa tsupa ng uten.

  • Miygl_Trino

    The 1963 Sabah referendum is morally unacceptable because there is an outstanding lease contract with HM Sultanate of Sulu.  If it was intentional or error from the British Government to cede Sabah to Malaysia without honoring that contract is immaterial. The contract is the binding issue on who has the rightful ownership to Sabah.  And it is a moral issue that cannot be superseded by events.  If I have my property rented, it does not mean I have abandoned it, is of common sense.  Not religion or patriotism is the force here.  But what is morally upright.

    • Kaduk

       Sorry but the sultans had lost the contract documents eaten by termites long ago….hahaha.

  • Tun Mohd Firdaus

     tausuq..tausug…tausug….heard a lot about this race said by many
    philipines…. how many science, islamic, sosial research they
    contribute? how many of them are great islamic n science scholar? how
    many of them have win Olympic medal? how many of them are civil right
    fighter?how many of them have hold world title in any field? how many of
    them are creator or innovator that contribute in any modern world dev? 
    if none nothing are great about them…… what i read about them are
    great fighter, warrior, being held high by supporter because they fight
    greatly… but they truth are they had been left behind hundred years
    ago by the development of knowledge… and continue the life of jungle
    people…. what a sad story? my advise, go fight in your country to get a
    good education… only good education can free ur race…. can give u
    greater independent….

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