Kiram group remains defiant, ‘ready to die’ in Sabah


MANILA, Philippines—The next in line to the title of Sultan of Sulu, Rajah Mudah Agbimuddin Kiram,  said Saturday he and the remaining 224 followers in Sabah were ready to face death after Malaysian police forces attacked and killed 10 of them and wounded four others on Friday.

Kiram,  who along with his followers have been surrounded and isolated by Malaysian police forces in Tanduo, Lahad Datu for the past 16 days, texted a grim message to his elder brother, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, at 5 a.m. Saturday.

“After we buried our 9 brothers and sister at sundown, everyone of the 224 left decided to die in Lahad Datu in pursuit of their dreams and aspiration,” Agbimuddin Kiram Kiram said in the message.

A spokesman for the Jamalul Kiram, Abraham Idjirani, said the younger Kiram wanted the message known to all Filipinos.

“As we make this announcement in this moment of history, we are carrying a heavy heart,” Idjirani told scores of journalists who have converged at the sultan’s residence in Taguig City the past few days.

“The Sultanate of Sulu in full council and family decided to put into the hands of Allah the date of our brothers. Let the blood of 10 martyrs charter the course of the new history of the Sultanate of Sulu,”  Idjirani said.

Idjirani said Agbimuddin Kiram led 234 of their followers, of whom only about 30 were armed, to Sabah last February 9 to assert their claim to Sabah, which was leased by the Sultanate of Sulu to a British company in 1878.

Britain incorporated Sabah into the federation of Malaysia when it granted the new state independence in 1963, but Malaysia continues to pay  5,300 ringgit (equivalent to P73,000) to the heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu up to the present. Malaysia calls the payment cession money but the Kirams say it is rent.

“This is our long-held aspiration, that Malaysia understand that Sabah is owned by the Sultanate of Sulu and the Sultan of Sulu,” Idjirani said.

“The Sultan is not after an increase in rental because that will only benefit the Kiram family. But their father said Sabah is not for sale. It’s for the patrimony of the Filipino people,” he added.

Quoting Agbimuddin Kiram, Idjirani reported that 10 of their followers were captured by Malaysian police forces during Friday’s clash, in which two Malaysians were reported killed.

Idjirani said the large number of casualties on their part along with the capture of 10 others showed that Agbimuddin Kiram and his followers were taken by surprise by the Malaysian attack.

“That will disprove that we fired the first shot, because they were caught by surprise. That will disprove the statement of the Malaysian ambassador,” Idjirani said.

He said they assume that the 10 captured followers, all men, were being maltreated in police custody and appealed to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to intercede.

Of the 214 who remain with  Agbimuddin Kiram, seven are women, Idjirani said.

Idjirani said most of their followers were armed only with kris and barong (bladed weapons).

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  • PurpleDaisy13

    There are now circulating reports where the former Chief Minister of Sabah, Tan Sri Harris Salleh, is recommending to pay the Sultan of Sulu $64,000,000 (million) dollars to buy Sabah (courtesy of Malaysian taxpayers).

    • VeryDisgusted2

       Unless you state your source, you are just another MAKAPILI helping Malaysia. Why are you so keen in repeating this message?

      • PinoySaPusoAtDiwa

        www . theedgemalaysia . com/political-news/231807-harris-suggests-rm200m-payment-to-settle-sulu-claims.html

      • VeryDisgusted2

         Ah, ok. Sorry.

    • F alonso

      They pay 1700 usd,tons of usd is not a big issue now.First Malaysia has to acknowledge the valid claim of the Kirams.If they can’t do that then that buy out is just a proposal that will end up as a joke.

      • PurpleDaisy13


        They must admit to their wrongdoings for the last 50 years and commit to a fair and legal purchase transaction.

    • PinoySaPusoAtDiwa

      200 million RM (Malaysian Ringgits).

      RM50m would be in the form of cash, while the remaining RM150m will be in the form of projects to Mindanao to benefit Sultan heirs and people of Mindanao (which should be managed by the Malaysian government – not our corrupt officials).

      Given that the project would be fruitful as it promises, I would lean more into this. Than having it back where only the elite chinese (na kunwari Filipino) are to benefit from and it would be just another milking cow of our corrupt officials.

    • Teng

      Sorry, 200Million is not what the loony sultan wants!!! He wants Oil and gas and ultimately the tallest building in SEA to be built in Mindanao!!!


    i hope the sultan will emerge victorious on this for the benefit of the tausug country. and then they have every right to secede from the philippines because all the zionist puppet government failed them.

  • JasonBieber

    Things keep on getting worse. I thought the standoff was over? We hope PNoy is paying attention to this and not too busy campaigning. Even though it’s campaign season it doesn’t mean or give him an excuse not to work…unless he is asking another exemption from working.

  • Rudy Sentosa

    The problem is NOT the malaysian forces. They did what they supposed to do. The problem is PH elites in government, so useless, so incompetent, so impotent, so takot, ah.. speechless. Box after Box of coffins will keep coming, the brave souls wasted by those so called LAWYERS, so called DIPLOMATICALLY CORRECT. I am so pessimistic if Pinoys could lift their faces up to face the world. Cowardice is a real sin.

  • kilabot

    this incident will be noykapon’s crown of thorns; 
    that will haunt him for the rest of his useless life.

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    your right owner of the land stupid malaysia land grabber!!

  • Matambaka

    What is the legal basis of Sabah claim by the sultanate of sulu?

    by Allan F Paguia


    Malaysia was formed and given independence by the British Government in 1963.

    The Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo was also given by the British Government the ‘Letter of Administration to Sabah, acknowledging all the property of the Sultanate of Sulu over Sabah in 1939. To the effect that1939 is earlier than 1963 explicitly telling us which one is genuine and legal.

    Another striking solid and legal evidence of the Sabah ownership is the case filed by Indonesia to the United Nations to claim part of Sipadan,Sabah against Malaysia .

    The UN ruling under ICJ explicitly stated that Indonesia has no sovereign rights over Sipadan,Sabah because it is owned by the Sultanate of Sulu under administration of Malaysia.

    Therefore, if Malaysia will ot acknowledge the ownership by the Sultanate of Sulu over Sabah, Malaysia is directly violating ( for in fact being violated for 47 years) the UN sanctions over Sipadan, Sabah stating that the Sultanate of Sulu is the legitimate owner of Sabah.

    Moreover , if Malaysia will not acknowledge the 1939 High Court decision and the implementation of the ‘Letter of Administration over Sabah that the Sultanate of Sulu is the owner of Sabah , Malaysia has to nullify their Independence given by the British Government in 1963 ,simply because it is the same government , the British Government who gave authority over the ownership of Sabah which is far earlier than their independence in 1963.

    The continued ignoring of Malaysia to this day of the rights to possess the ownership, over Sabah by the Sultanate of Sulu Kingdom, creates a continuous anger on the part of the Sultanate people for prohibiting them ti live in their own land and even expulsing the people of the Sultanate living in Sabah today.

  • Hey_Dudes

    If the island of Sabah can be liken to a rental property – a residential house if you will,  who’s lease is about to terminate, it gives the lessor more leeway in how to proceed whether to renew it or advise the tenant to look for other place to live.

    However, in this case it becomes more complicated in that thousands of Malaysians have resided on this estate and many others born and died on this land. No matter what basis the Kirams have in their possession to prove they are the owner of this island, it is almost futile to even try pursuing as it involve thousands of Malaysian nationals who have made this estate their home for decades.

    Certainly, not 230 armed men not even a whole army will be enough to persuade these Malaysian nationals to vacate what they have called home for decades and a mighty Malaysian military backing them all the way.  I think this will be a lost cause for the Kirams.  They should have been more diligent and should have work their lease  40 years ago.  The Kirams can kiss it goodbye.

    • Matambaka

       A settlement is a good choice…Malaysia must be humble enough to appease the Sultan…

      Massacre is not a solution as what Malaysia did, it would only escalate the situation..

      Lahad Datu ==> Semporna ==>Kunak?==? TAwau? KK 

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