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MANILA, Philippines—The exchange of fire in Sabah Friday between Malaysian security forces and members of the “royal army” of the sultanate of Sulu was triggered by an attempt of the beleaguered Filipinos to buy food, a senior diplomat said.

“Per info from Malaysian police authorities, two of Rajah Mudah’s men left the village at 10:30 a.m apparently to buy food because of severe hunger. Security forces fired two warning shots and took the two into custody. The two are wounded. Firing ceased,” said the diplomat in a text message.

The diplomat, who asked not to be identified by name, said the Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur asked that the two be given immediate medical attention and Malaysian authorities said they were doing so.

“We urge concerned parties to refrain from making public unconfirmed information and to exercise circumspection in their reporting, lest they cause confusion and panic among the public,” the diplomat added.

He gave no other details.

Led by Rajah Mudah Agbimuddin Kiram, a group of about 200 men, some of them armed and styling themselves as members of the “royal army” of the sultanate of Sulu, sailed to the Lahad Datu district of Sabah last February 9  to assert the sultanate’s  proprietary claims over the east Malaysian state.

Malaysian security forces detected their presence three days later, surrounded the newcomers and laid out a siege.


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Tags: Conflict , Food , Hunger , Malaysia , Philippines , Sabah , Sulu

  • Lincoln1932

    This is a very complicated situation specially at this time of developing an agreement with our Muslim bros in Mindanao. Just like they said, this is just the beginning, I trust the Filipinos of Sulu that they can succeed with this one. Hope the whole Philippines help them to regain peacefully what is rightfully theirs.

    This is one of the right situations and places to fight, a peaceful way is always preferred but if we are given no choice, then just do it.

    • kanoy

       The exchange of fire in Sabah Friday between Malaysian security forces and members of the “royal army” of the sultanate of Sulu was triggered by an attempt TO FORCIBLY TAKE POSSESSION OF LAND WITHIN THE BORDERS OF MALAYSIA A SOVEREIGN NATION

      THE PHILIPPINES SHOULD DO THE SAME THING TO CHINA ON SPRATLEY

      • opinyonlangpo

        Thats a good one. Made me laugh though. Anyway, Philippines can’t do what you suggest as China will do the same to Philippines if they forcibly take possession of Spratly or Scarborough from China.

      • kanoy

         LOL YEA YOU KNOW MY POINT WAS IF THE RP HAD FORCES IN THE SPRATLEYS AS MALAYSIA HAD FORCES IN SABAH…THEN THE RP WOULD HAVE BEEN JUST AS JUSTIFIED KILLING THE CHINESE INVADERS AS MALAYSIA IS KILLING THESE ARMED INVADERS OF A PRIVATE ARMY
         Philippines massacre: Commission to take on 100 private armies

        A government-appointed group began working Thursday to disband 132 militias used by politicians to intimidate rivals, after one allegedly killed 57 people in a southern Philippines massacre. Critics worry that only opposition figures’ armies will be broken up.

      • goldelguira

        Now Malaysian exposé its weakness by sparking the war between actions then The Sultan had more concession and bolder steps to elevate the matter to International Court to settle the disputes whic Malaysia try to hide for almost years. Now the whole world aware whose the real owner.

      • kanoy

         UHHHH 300+ ARMED MALAYSIANS….FROM A COUNTRY THAT BANNED PRIVATE ARMIES AND ALSO HAS A NATIONAL GUN BAN IN EFFECT….DID NOT ENTER THE PHILIPPINES AND LAY CLAIM TO CAGAYAN DE ORO AND REFUSE BOTH THE MALAYSIAN AND PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENTS REQUESTS TO BOTH CEASE AND DESIST THEIR ILLEGAL ACTION….THAT WAS THIS ALLEGED ”SULTAN” OF SULU ACTION…..IF HE HEEDED HIS GOVERNMENTS CALL TO SETTLE THIS MATTER IN COURT…….AGAIN…….NO ONE WOULD HAVE DIED….HE PROVIDED THE SPARK THAT FANNED THE FLAMES OF WAR

    • Alloywheel1

       Why don’t you go and do it?  This, is not worth the lives of the Philippine Armed Forces.  This is a fight of a private citizen who claims ownership to an island.  They did not spend any funds to develop Sabah. Malaysia did.  In fact, they don’t even live there.  They live in Sulu.  “Possession is 90% ownership”.  If you occupy a place, with firearms, then your intention is not peaceful. 

  • Albert Einstien

    BAKIT nyo hinahayaan IMASAKER ang mga HEROES NATIN..GINUGUTOM na nga sila DOON ..ng FOOD BLOCKADE at WATER BLOCKADE napaka INHUMAN ng PNOY govt….PUSONG BATO…..EVIL SPIRITS lang ang nakakagawa nyan a…

    TRIVIA?COINCIDENCE or BIBLICAL ? :

    noynoy ( 6 ) simeon ( 6 ) aquino ( 6)

    yellow RIBBON symbol number equivalent is 666…

    ( symbols are used for SUBLIMINAL mind control ).yellow ribbon isa symbol for WAR,DEATH, CHAOS, SUICIDES, DISASTER…it is a sign of hardship & negative feelings…negative feelings give power& strength to EVIL..

    write 6 on a piece of paper = 6

    at the back write 6 at the same spot of the first 6 = 6

    turn it to front and trace second 6 = 6

    VIOLA! = 666 ribbon symbol –the MARK- the KEY………………………….

    Tie a yellow ribbon song…in biblical sense
    Bus driver, please look for me’ Cause I couldn’t bear to see what I might see I’m( DEVIL ) really still in prison, and my love ( zombies ) she holds the KEY A simple yellow ribbon’s what I need to set me FREE…!yellow ribbon summons & FREE the DEVIL…..!

    • kanoy

       THE INTERNATIONAL COURT RULED IN 2003 THAT SABAH IS NOT THE SULTANS LAND,,,THAT RULING HAS NEVER BEEN CHALLENGED NOR OVER TURNED SO YOU ARE HOPING THE ENTIRE NATION HELP COMMIT AN ILLEGAL ACT….WHY COMPLAIN ABOUT CHINA TAKING PHILIPPINE PROPERTY AND WATERS THEN? ALSO ILLEGAL

      • Albert Einstien

        anong number ng case…at anong subject matter..naintindihan mo ba..ano ba ang DISPOSITIVE PORTION….lol

      • kanoy

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      • goldelguira

        You have no knowledge about history you don’t what are you talking about research before making comments

      • kanoy

         you are even lucky you can spell ”history” much less have any understanding of an event that occurred a mere 10 years ago bobo

      • TimeTraveller123

        Inutil ka!

      • kanoy

         boot licking begging azz kisser

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_POBZSV5PGTGUS3YA2KR2NZI3HA Alex

      hahaha! why don’t you check the cbcp logo, you don’t even need to check the back of the paper!

    • Alloywheel1

       Heroes?  What heroes?  They deserve what they got.  Private citizen claiming an island that they have no proof of ownership.  They don’t even live there.  Have no investment there. Possession is 90% ownership.  Tigilan mo na nga yang numbers game mo.  Ni hindi mo mahulaan ang susunod na lalabas sa lotto. 

    • MaliJeff11

      Holly cow! Mr. Einstein, you just found 666 in Philippines.

  • Hey_Dudes

    If I am Kiram, I would have sent these men who were willing to risk their lives so he can get back Sabah, I would at least made sure they are fully armed (armed to the teeth) and fully supplied with food and other provisions they will need in a protracted battle.  Ni wala pa lang pagkain man lang tapos susugud-sugud sila dun?

    • MaliJeff11

      Kirimbodoh is a sick, old man who is dying of cancer. He wanted his men to die so that they could protect him in his Ismalic kingdom, well, if there is such a thing. Hang Kirimbodoh before he caused more death.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sang.garudada Sang Garudada

     We are going to kill each and everyone of you filipinos here in Malaysia…death to all intruders

    • Alloywheel1

       Death to all stupids.  Long live wisdom.

      • MaliJeff11

         Death to wisdom. Long live vegetarians.

    • goldelguira

      We will sent all ASG, MNLF, MILF, And Sultan Royal Army including Ampatuan to silenced and kill all Malaysian in Sabah which belong to Philippines stolen only by Malaysian Ruler.

    • Vertical Propulsion

      Freedom For the The Philippine Tausug in Sabah, Philippines. Kill all Malaysian Invaders.!!!!!

  • PurpleDaisy13

    The Sultan of Sulu and followers have now been PROVOKED.  Malasyian commando forces FIRED the FIRST SHOT and shall be documented in history.

    The Tausugs vs Malaysian Security Forces War 2013 has begun:

    Malaysian Military:
    Active Military: 80,000 [2012]

    Tausug Population in Philippines: 953,000
    Tausug Population in Malaysia: 300,000
    Total Tausug Population:  1,253,000

    Malaysia is fighting for their right to use and work on stolen land.

    Tausugs are fighting for their right to reclaim their stolen land.

    By Philippine Law, the Philippines government supports the claim over Sabah as specified under the Philippines Republic Act of 5446 since 1968 which states the following under section 2:

    Section 2. The definition of the baselines of the territorial sea of the Philippine Archipelago as provided in this Act is without prejudice to the delineation of the baselines of the territorial sea around the territory of Sabah, situated in North Borneo, over which the Republic of the Philippines has acquired dominion and sovereignty.
     

    • MaliJeff11

      Not again. How many times did I tell you not to troll online if you want to recover from your illness? Call Dr. Mayer immediate to discuss your serious condition.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q6UHKC43FYFDBCZ2T44ZKDPYA4 Cabal

      You should really change your online nickname to COPYNPASTE. 

      • PurpleDaisy13

        Cabal, to your pea brain, it’s would be “copynpaste”.  But had your parents had the money to send you to college to achieve a proper education, you would recognize this as “citing your sources”.

        Whereas, you just lie, and fabricate crap out of thin air to try to convince the audience Cabal.

    • Matambaka

       http://sabahgroundzeroDOTblogspotDOTcom/

      Its a conspiracy theory…..BUT think…try to connect teh situation…

      Is US involved?

      • PurpleDaisy13

        Anything is possible.

        If there is a lot of oil…our US will get involved.

      • Tun Mohd Firdaus

         maybe u forget about malaysian population.. malaysian diplomatic friend.. n for ur info malaysian also involve with lot of claim issue and had lost based on the world court law. for example pulau batu putih. .. but we accept it sadly but we never raise our gun against singapore even that land historically belong to our johor sultan…. n i dont see any reason country like us, Britain, china, and all first world country will condone this violence act. making the judgement without going through the world law process.

      • PurpleDaisy13

        re: “making the
        judgement without going through the world law process”

        Traditional International Laws would have resolved this issue.  However, amendments have made Modern International Laws more difficult and nearly impossible for the Sultan of Sulu to regain Justice Tun Mohd Firdaus.

        Sometimes guns are the last resort to achieving Justice.  That’s why many countries around the world celebrate their own form of “Independence” achieved through the use of guns.

    • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

      In this issue we are behind you. Mabuhay ka Purple Daisy, whoever you are I love you.

    • Jaguarxkr

      Is Sabah known to the world located near Manila? moron! Fools like you are shouting like dogs and thinking like rats. Those pests need to be annhilated.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mohamad.abdulmalik.1 Mohamad Abdul Malik

      Your ‘battle hardened’ tausug warriors has run off with their tails between their legs. Even their leader has disappeared to save his own neck. They provoked us by invading our country and killing our policemen. We gave them time to surrender but they refused and were downright arrogant. When the shooting starts they requested for a ceasefire. They were shocked did not believed that Malaysian soldiers would shoot them. Their anticipated ‘help’ from the local Sulus did not materialised. It’s a pity they only realised they were fools after more than 60 of theri fellow terrorists perished. And all the while their self proclaimed ‘sultan’ was in Manila giving press statements.

      You can quote all your country’s law but Sabah is our country and your law does not apply here.

      • PurpleDaisy13

        re: “Your ‘battle hardened’ tausug warriors has run off with their tails between their legs.”

        Mohamad Abdul Malik, all you’ve done is shown that it takes F-18 War planes with bombing raids and several dozens of Malaysian military forces to fight back against only 30 armed Tausug warriors. The rest of the 220 were unarmed civilian men, women, and children.

        Which means you are now subject to WAR CRIMES for VIOLATING INTERNATIONAL LAWS against civilians, especially for admitting to reject ceasefire after Untied Nations urged for peace:

        These Laws apply to you, Sabah, and your entire Malaysian lying-thieving nation Mohamad Abdul Malik:

        Under Customary Humanitarian International Law, starving a civilian population by blocking International Red Cross from providing food, water, and aid is illegal, immoral, and unethical as stated:

        “Rule 53. The use of starvation of the civilian population as a method of warfare is prohibited.

        In fact, Malaysia recognizes this international law and immorality very well:

        “In 1990, in the UN Sanctions Committee on Iraq, Malaysia stated that “famine must not be used as a weapon to implement” Security Council Resolution 661 (1990).”

        In Article 3 of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, it is well understood that starvation or a policy of denial and neglect involving starvation and malnutrition would violate the prohibition of ‘cruel treatment,’ and the duty to treat civilians ‘humanely.’ Further the actions would constitute ‘humiliating and degrading treatment’ of civilians forced to starve or suffer near starvation or malnutrition while also watching family members and friends fall victim to the same denial of rights. A violation of common Article 3 is not merely a violation, but also constitutes a war crime. – And NO, this does not only apply to POWs, it applies to non-combatant civilians.

        Meanwhile, a worker from Sabah who asked not to be named said even pregnant women and children who were long-time residents of Sabah have been hunted down and killed as the Malaysians fire mortars and embark on a house-to-house search to flush out supporters of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III.

        The world IS NOT THRILLED or IMPRESSED with Barbaric Malaysian lying-thieves:

        01. youtube,com/watch?v=JI5WMmWQzI4

        02. liveleak,com/view?i=5ab_1172940415

        03. youtube,com/watch?v=gKuOCDtTGC0

  • Alloywheel1

    Warning!!!  Don’t fall for this guy, “PurpleDaisy13″.  He is an American.  A-know-it-all-ugly-American.

    • MaliJeff11

      Right, the more wars, the more weapons to be sold.

    • mr dt

      DAISY IS A GUY OH MY GOD

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    TAMA LANG DI UMUWI AT MAY MAG BUWIS NG BUHAY SA MGA TAUHAN NG MGA SULTAN KUNG UMUWI SILA ABANDONAHIN NA NAMAN NILA CLAIM SA SABAH DAPAT BINIGYAN NILA NG SOPORTA ANG SULTAN!

  • Jaguarxkr

    After this incident 6 of our policemen were butchered. Their bodies were mutilated,their heads were smashed for the brains to be thrown out to sea. Not ending there, their eyes were poked out out of hatred perhaps. This is our 9/11. Now the terrorists getting what they’re asking for.



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