Sabah standoff over—Malaysian envoy

3 dead in attack by Malaysian troops on ‘royal army’


Graphic showing Malaysia’s Sabah, where Malaysian forces are facing off with followers of a Filipino Muslim sultan who are claiming the territory as their ancestral land.

MANILA, Philippines – The standoff in Sabah between the “royal army” of the Sultanate of Sulu and Malaysian authorities is over, Malaysian Ambassador Mohammad Zamri bin Mohammad Kassim told Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario in a meeting Friday.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Spokesman Raul Hernandez told reporters in a press conference that ambassador Kassim met with Del Rosario around 2 p.m. to inform them that the standoff has ended.

Kassim informed Del Rosario that 10 members of the “royal army” surrendered after Malaysian authorities “conducted an assault at Lahad Datu at 10 this morning,” Hernandez said.

Lahad Datu is the village where hundreds of followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, led by his brother Agbimuddin Kiram, had encamped since February 11 despite repeated demands from the Malaysian government to leave.

“The group of Kiram at Lahad Datu escaped and ran towards the sea, 10 men surrendered,” he added.

Malaysian authorities are pursuing the group, Hernandez said.

The owner of the house where Agbimuddin Kiram had stayed was killed according to Ambassador Kassim.

At least two were killed and one wounded from the side of the Malaysian police, whose vehicle was fired upon by the Kiram group, Hernandez said.

Del Rosario asked from the Malaysian Ambassador for “a full briefing of the operations that were conducted by Malaysian forces,” he added.

Del Rosario also asked that full access be given to the Kiram group so that medical treatment could be provided to the wounded as well as consular assistance.

Permission is also being sought by the government to allow a Philippine Navy Ship, the BRP Tagbanua, to dock so that it could ferry the remaining members of the group back to their homes and families.

A spokesman of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III claimed that 10 of their men were killed and four others were wounded in the firefight.

The “royal army” of the Sultanate of Sulu was in Sabah allegedly to reclaim their territory.

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  • mr dt

    SAMPLE lang yan — MOre   TAUSUG WARRIOR will be coming under SULTAN KIRAM ORDER

  • mr dt

    A source who was located near the area of the fire fight told the INQUIRER that Agbimuddin’s group was caught off guard, but was able to return fire with rifles and mortars.
    “They came crawling and they fired the first shots,” the source said.
    The attack, the source said, was carried out not by ordinary police forces of Malaysia but by military commandos acting on information from a civilian agent of the Special Branch.
    Special Branch officers were among the first negotiators to talk with Agbimuddin after the group’s arrival in Lahad Datu, the source said.
    The source said Jamalul talked with Agbimuddin by phone in the afternoon and told him to hold his ground, but with the information that direct negotiations with Malaysia were under way.
    At sunset, the source said, Agbimuddin buried his slain followers.

    • MaliJeff11

      A source who was located near the area of the fire fight told the Enquirer that Kirimbodoh gruop was digging a hole ready for cooking babi, but was told by Malaysian police that they should not eat pig no matter how hungry they were.
      “They came with a big sign,” the source said. The sign said, “Please don’t eat wild pigs”.
      The babi pledge, the source said, was carried out not by Ismalic police, but by pig sellers acting on information from the Philippines government.
      Ninoy was the first person to offer such advice. He thought that no muslim should eat pig even if they were hungry (although Islam allows that).
      The source said that Kirimbodoh talked by phone and asked what spices were used. He said that as long as the spices were halal, then they could eat some babi.
      At sunset, the source said, they got their babi ready for dinner.

  • Santiago Kampilan

    The Indonesians and Brunei know too well that the Kirams is the rightful owner. To begin with, Brunei gave it to the Sultanate of Sulu for saving their butts. Those Sultans from Malaya knows it also that this is so.
    If the Malaysians does not handle it well, then this will haunt them for generations to come. They will be in the loosing end because of the vast area that they have to police. Those 800,000 Filipinos in Sabah will not sit idly if the Malaysians push them hard. Good thing the MILF, Abu Sayaf and MNLF has not join in the fry because they will put a big dent in the Malaysian Armed Forces.

    • MaliJeff11

      Just hang this old, dying man, and the problem is solved.

      Everything you said is bullshit.

      • NaUnsa

        You want them dead because you don’t want to pay the rent to the real administrators of Sabah. It’s been five painful decades for the Sultanate of Sulu that you’ve been looting the resources of their land. If Malaysia really mean to resolve it peacefully, then why you keep ignoring or evading the peaceful invitation to settle it to ICJ.

  • mr dt


  • Klepto

    Whew, Sana maging Israel-Palestine conflict eto.
    Mas lalong masaya kapag maraming putukan. Kagaya ba ng new year, kung mas maraming fire crackers mas lalong masaya.

  • superphoenix

    Ano kaya ang expression ni PNOY habang pinapatay ang mga kapatid nating muslim sa Sabah? Malamang nakangisi na naman kagaya nung sa hostage crisis sa Luneta.

    • James

      ang ibig mong sabihin mag declare tayo ng war sa malaysia? lulusubin natin sila dahil may mga sira ulong mga tao pumunta doon at dinaan sa dahas ang lahat na puedeng idaan sa mabuting paguusap. ang ibig mong sabihin ilagay ko sa danger ang aking buhay at ng aking pamilya dahil lang kay Kiram?

  • James

    Sige, dak-dak lang kayo ng dak-dak. ang ibig nyong sabihin mag declare tayo ng war laban sa malaysia? Mga alagad ni Kiram ang pumunta doon kaya laban nila yun. Sino sa inyo ang gusto mag volunteer para makipagdigmaan sa Malaysia.  Hahahaha. kungdi ko pa kilala ang ugaling pinoy. Kung mau laban na kanya kanya kayong magtatago. Mga duwag!!

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