KL sends ‘cavalry’ to Sabah; toll hits 27

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MOVING OUT Residents of Simunul village in Semporna town, where six Filipinos and five Malaysian policemen died in clashes on Saturday, lug their belongings as they leave their homes on stilts to be out of harm’s way. MALAYSIA’S THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR—Malaysia on Monday sent hundreds of military troops to Sabah to help police neutralize armed followers of the sultan of Sulu who have killed eight police officers in the country’s bloodiest security crisis.

Twenty-seven people have reportedly been killed since fighting between the followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III began in Tanduao village in Lahad Datu town on March 1.

Of the dead, 19 were followers of the sultan who were killed in skirmishes with police that shocked Malaysians unaccustomed to such violence in their country.

The main group of the sultan’s followers comprising 200-odd men and women, including about 30 who are armed, is cornered by Malaysian security forces in a small area in Tanduao, where they landed on

Feb. 9 after crossing by sea from Tawi-Tawi in southern Philippines to stake the sultanate’s claim to Sabah.

It is Malaysia’s worst security breach in years and Prime Minister Najib Razak has authorized an investigation into reports that the political opposition is involved.

A similar investigation is going on in the Philippines, where the administration of President Aquino sees a conspiracy involving opponents of a peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that is in the final stages after the signing of a preliminary agreement last October.

Najib, who has vowed to root out the intruders, authorized a “doubling” of police and armed forces deployed in Sabah.

“An additional two Army battalions have been dispatched to Sabah,” Najib was quoted as saying by state news agency Bernama.

Public attention focused on Monday on how to minimize casualties while apprehending the Sulu sultan’s followers surrounded by Malaysian security forces as well as an undetermined number of other armed Filipinos suspected to be in two other districts of Sabah within 300 kilometers of Lahad Datu.

Sabah Police Commissioner Hamza Taib said Army reinforcements from other states in Malaysia would help bolster public confidence by patrolling various parts of the state’s eastern seaboard.

“The situation is under control now,” Hamza said. “There will be cooperation” between the military and the police, he said.

Hamza declined to elaborate on specific strategies or on a call by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for lethal action.

FILIPINO FATALITY Villagers in Kampung Simunul in Semporna look at the body of a man believed to be from Sulu who was killed during a shootout with Malaysian forces. MALAYSIA’S THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

“There is no way out other than launching a counterattack to eliminate” the intruders, Bernama quoted Mahathir as saying on Sunday. “Although many of them will be killed, this cannot be avoided because they had attacked Sabah, and not the other way around.”

Najib declared over the weekend that security forces were authorized to “take any action deemed necessary.”

The intruders, led by the Sulu sultan’s brother Agbimuddin, have rebuffed calls for them to leave, saying ownership documents from the late 1800s prove the territory is theirs.

Mysterious group

It remains unclear whether the armed Filipinos who ambushed a police team in Semporna town on Saturday night are part of the Lahad Datu group.

The clash in Semporna, where five Malaysian policemen and two intruders were killed, and a police claim that they were pursuing yet another group of armed men in a nearby town has sparked fears of further infiltration by Filipinos from Sulu.

The exact identities of the armed men remains a mystery, but Malaysia’s military chief, Zulkifeli Zin, told a press conference in Sabah on Sunday that the intruders appeared to have combat experience.

Their “insurgency guerrilla technique is quite good,” he was quoted as saying.

Zulkifeli said Malaysia’s military and the police were adopting a cautious approach in their plan to resolve the standoff with Agbimuddin’s group in Tanduao.

He noted that Agbimuddin’s group had planned their location around the village in such a way that they would inflict casualties if Malaysian security forces enter the area.

“They are at the center and have people spread out, including snipers,” Zulkifeli said.

“They know we will suffer casualties if we go in as the area is open,” he said.

“They are under close surveillance by our special forces,” Zulkifeli said.

But he added that while Malaysia was determined to “bring this episode to a close” as soon as possible, any action would take a little more time.

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  • Dawn Dare

    9 hours after they bombed the area, not a single body was found. Tells you a lot about their military capability.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alicia-Mottershed/100000773806566 Alicia Mottershed

      these bodies have turned into fertilisers and will be used for the palm oil plantation where your own people will be harvesting the palm fruits for malaysian companies.
      what about your own military aircraft and ships? can we send you some waterproofing chemicals and anti rust stuff to help repair them?

      • Dawn Dare

        No body, no proof.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q7KLOJ3QMIC27UPZRVEVZDXRGA iym

         In the first battle, we kill 12 of you terrorist for the loss of 2 of ours. Had it not been for the dirty white cloth sissy tricks from the supposedly “hardened” fighters, we would not suffer any casualties. Feel free to check the photo of your dead and bloated terrorist online. 

      • Dawn Dare

        What dirty white cloth? Were you even there? Was there a photo to prove it happened? All you have is Najib’s hypothesis. He was also not there. Why don’t you allow journalists to do their job? Why do your officials do the job of journalists?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/2LTXBWMOSF22PZPAM26K6B7OZE Adzhar

        It is not a Kardarshan’s reality show Mr Dawn where the cameras follow them everywhere….aiyaaaaaa

  • eltee mulawin

     

    >>>Nasaan 
    at no comment ang mga pinuno ng MILF at higit si Mr Murad -nasaan  siya
    ngayon ? dahil ba binigay at ibibigay ng PNoy govt ang gusto ninyo at higit sa
    lahat HINDI KAYO TAUSUG.
    >>> THIS IS THE GREAT MOMENT IPAKITA
    NINYO ANG DIWA NG PAGKAKAISA NG MGA TAUSUG AT PILIPINO MUSLIM !!!
    >>>ARE THEY COOKING SOMETHING??? 

    >>>MILF, BMFF OR WHATEVER AT ABU SAYAF, ANG TATAPANG NINYO AT PINAGMAMALAKI NINYO
    NA MGA MODERNO AT MALALAKAS ANG INYONG MGA ARMAS,….BAKIT NGAYON TILA UMIGSI O
    LUMIIT ANG MGA DILA NINYO TUNGKOL DITO AT BAKIT WALA KAYONG MGA PRESS
    RELEASES??? DAHIL BA HINDI KAYO MAKIKINABANG?? DAHIL ANG MGA ARMAS NINYO GALING SA MALAYSIA?

    >>>ANG MGA MEDIA NAMAN, BAKIT WALA KAYO
    MA-INTERVIEW SA MGA MILF AT MNLF NGAYON, HINDI NINYO MAKITA SILA NGAYON ??? WOW
    NMAN KATAKA-TAKA NAMAN !!!! 

  • syed nasurudin

    Pinoy useless

    • Alexis_Ferro

      mas useless yang mga terorista.

      • Alexalbert Mistisma

        Is that what u call to your brothers???

        I guess …U are a traitor!

      • Alexis_Ferro

        Anong brother? suicide bomber, kidnapper.
        Ayaw ni Allah nyan.
        Religion of peace

      • rjimenez1226

        Brothers don’t steal from each other.

    • Alexalbert Mistisma

       Yeah, Malaysian are the “SUPERHUMANs”

      • riza888

        Malaysia made famous the saying – “First world infrastructure, third world mentality.”

        It does fit people of Malaysia.

    • $20722540

      you mean the president of the republic???

  • sasama

    …Malaysians will fight a costly war…they may win only on the 50th year…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alicia-Mottershed/100000773806566 Alicia Mottershed

      we do not call this a war – we called this criminal act. thats why we gave time after time and appeal after appeal to these terrorists to LEAVE and return back to philippines including dropping leaflets.
      If it was war – we wouldve blown up  EVERY boat crossing in from phillipines and intern camps created to place filipinos before sending them back to the phillipines.
      phillipines do not have anything worth flying or sailing militarility….and who wants war btw?
      We dont…but these terrorists brought fear and violence onto our soils…wht if the chinese forcibly landed in one of your islands – do you just wait or blow them to bits?

      • $20722540

        anong brought violence onto our soils…ano ka helo!!!…hey, you are just a renter and now you wanna grab the land not your own…then you’re an informal settler or squatter, gets mo?

    • kanoy

       BUT THEY ARE FIGHTING A COUNTRY WILLING TO PAY HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF PESO TO SAVE A CONVICTED MURDERER FROM DEATH AND HAVE ALREADY LOST 19 NEVER CONVICTED OF MURDER

  • asdafaa qwesda

    Sabah and Sulu do not differ much in naturally endowed resources. That Sabah is richer is due to the efforts of the people of Sabah. What has Kiram done to increase the opportunities for his people in Sulu? He says he has honor but he hasn’t done anything to better the lives of his own people. Where is the honor in that? He says the Tausogs would fight to the death rather than be shamed by letting a slight slip. Well what about the shame of not bettering the lives of your people?

    I suppose rather than live in the shame of his own incompetence he would risk the lives of his own people trying to steal from the accomplishments of others.

    The fact that there are FIlipinos siding with this barbarian makes one realize how far we have to go.

    • kanoy

       TRUE HE ONLY BETTERED HIMSELF AND HIS FAMILY,,,SULU AND ITS HOLDINGS SHOW TOTAL LACK OF CARE OR REGARD
      The region is one of the most impoverished areas in the Philippines. It has a per capita gross regional domestic product of only PhP3,433 in 2005, 75.8 percent lower than the national average of PhP14,186. It is the lowest among the Philippines’ 17 regions, the second lowest region has a per capita income almost double the ARMM’s.
       ARMM has a population of 4.1 million based on the 2007 census. It is the country’s poorest region, where average annual income was just 89,000 pesos ($ 2,025) in 2006, less than 1/3 of Manila level

  • commonjudge

    Cavalry?what a joke. Lives could have been spared if there was no ultimatum and wait for the phil. govt. instead to settle this issue with its citizens. Now your firepower will be your might…or your curse.
    The Phil. Sultan Royal army were like harmless sitting ducks in that remote village until the Malaysian military charged, going for the kill. The Phil. Tausugs were cornered and isolated and hungry, it will be a matter of time before they will surrender to their government. Instead they were set-up for the slaughter.

    • kanoy

       WHAT A JOKE!!! A COUNTRY UNDER ARMED ATTACK NEED NOT WAIT SHOULD NOT WAIT NOR WOULD WAIT ON ANYONE PERMISSION TO PROTECT ITSELF FROM INVADERS
      MALAYSIA SHOULD NOT HAVE WAITED AN HOUR MUCH LESS A WEEK OR MORE BEFORE TELLING THEM ALL TO THROW OUT THEIR WEAPONS AND  COME OUT WITH HANDS RAISED….OR DIE,,,GAVE THEM 10 MINUTES TO DECIDE AND THEN LEVEL THE BUILDING….TRY THIS CRAP IN THE US AND SEE IF THEY WAIT ON THE PHIL GOV… ”IT IS A NATIONS RIGHT & DUTY TO PROTECT ITSELF” THE ”SULTAN” ATTACKED MALAYSIA, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND
      QUOTE…
      This leads us to ask, what are the prerequisites for a civilized world community? What is the difference between the ethics of an individual and a community? Is it not that individuals look out for their own good, while a community seeks to protect the welfare of all of its members? The same we believe is true for nation states and the community of nations. It is important to remember that 185 nation states have agreed, as members of the United Nations, to be bound by international laws, standards and norms, yet they appear too often unwilling to call each other on their violations of international law. They are even less ready to institute effective enforcement mechanisms.
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      • commonjudge

         well said. If only the situation is the same as what you’re saying.

        Invaders: approx. 280 persons with women, 30+ men are armed, no food and logistics.

        Defenders: seven army battalions, hundreds of elite police commandos, fighter planes, attack helicopters, scores of snipers, armored personnel carriers, naval blockade, and more.

        It is obvious that they were there not to invade Sabah , and they don’t even went far from  that village, until they were attacked. Something is not right, don’t you think so? 

      • kanoy

         WITH MODIFICATIONS
        WOMEN & CHILDREN CAN AND WILL PULL A TRIGGER AS FAST AS A MAN
        30+ ”REPORTED” TO BE ARMED, ALL MUST BE CONSIDERED TO BE ARMED TO ASSUME ANYTHING LESS WOULD BE THROWING CAUTION TO THE WIND
        AS FOR THE ODDS THAT WAS WHAT THE FANATIC ”SULTAN” AND HIS MERCENARY GROUP WAS AWARE OF BEFORE THE INVASION WHAT ODDS DID SEAL TEAM 7 FACE WHEN THEY WENT IN ON FOREIGN SOIL TO KILL BIN LADIN?
        ITS NOT THE ODDS THEY WOULD BE THE SAME SO ITS IN THE PLANNING AND THIS WHOLE SORDID AFFAIR SCREAMS THAT IT WAS A KNEE JERK REACTION SPUR OF THE MOMENT ACTION WITH LITTLE IF ANY PLANNING
        I SAW EINSTEIN POST HERE THE ABSURD IDEA THAT THEY USED NAPALM AND SAME BREATH SAID THEY GAVE $75 BILLION TO THE ECONOMY EVERY YEAR FOR THE LAST 50 YEARS
        CRAZY THOUGHT FOR THE POOREST STATE UNTIL SOMEWHERE IN THE 2000 ERA BUT YES NOW IT DOES PROVIDE 30% OF THE ECONOMY
        BUT FROM WHAT INDUSTRY?
        PALM OIL!
        SORRY BUT PALM OIL & NAPALM ARE NOT COMPATIBLE AND SINCE IT IS NEVER USED IN CITY PROPER M-47 M-74 NAPALM WAS NOT USED
        DO I THINK SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT? OH HELL-0 YES I DO
        AFTER LIVING THROUGH SO MANY WHACK JOBS LEADING THEIR FOLLOWERS TO CERTAIN DEATH EVEN SUICIDE BOMBERS JIM JONES HITLER STALIN MOONIES ADD THE ”SULTAN” OF SULU TO THAT LIST…THAT IS NOT RIGHT
        AS FAR AS HOW FAR THEY WENT….IF CHINA LANDED AN ARMED GROUP IN MANILA AND THEY CLAIMED IT WAS THEIRS AND WHEN PNP CAME TO ARREST THEM THEY KILLED THEM ALL
        DID THEY GO FAR ENOUGH?
        HOW FAR IS TOO FAR?

      • http://bollock.myopenid.com/ bollock69

        dumbazzz your sulu friends fired the first shot.

      • commonjudge

         you’re the dumbazzz, and a dangerous psychopath, how you react to this situation will define you as a nation and people. Eversince, I’m always impressed with Malaysia for being peaceloving and have respect for life, yours and everybody. Everybody know, that the phil. muslim rebels are problems, in their own country, but not all phil. muslims. I’m not a muslim. Good luck to your new way of life.

    • http://bollock.myopenid.com/ bollock69

      Harmless sitting ducks? they were holed up ready inside trenches covered in palm trees ready to attack the police. harmless my azzzz. the day they decide to attack the police there’s no turning back. hostiles will be terminated for the sake of the people.

    • sim222

       Good perspective, maraming paraan para sa katahimikan.

  • LAMBFORGOVERNOR

    Best thing that could happen to these people and these waters.  I have been there.  Trash and feces floating everywhere in the water.  The stench is so strong it makes you wonder why anyone would want to be there.  A real toilet.  Typical lifestyle for muslims from what I have seen here and other places.  Clean inside the house but they throw everything out the window.

    • kanoy

      I SWEAR THAT YOU WAS DESCRIBING METRO MANILA ALL ALONG THE PASIG TOILET,,,OOPS RIVER ITS SUCH A SHAME THE FIRST IMPRESSION TOURIST GET AFTER ARRIVING IN THE WORLDS WORST AIRPORT IF THEY SURVIVE THE FALLING CEILING TILES IS THE SLUM MANILA…OOPS MANILA SLUMS

  • ronsmac

    Ganyan ang tradisyon ng mga Moro.. Pag gusto anak mong babae, kidnap para kasal. Pag galit sayo, KILL ka agad. Pag may gustong makuha, dadaanin sa PILIT. Sultan na naka tira sa squatters area, eh kung Malaysia ang magpunta sa SULU at angkinin bigla? Ano mararamdaman nyo? Hirap sa inyo, di kayo marunong dumaan sa tamang proseso….. hirap naman ganyang tradisyon  Archangel..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K2VH54C4AM2UFEVSVA7GDCNLVY Rizal

    Dear Sultan Kiram and Princess Jacel,
    When will you call an end to this tragic “picnic” adventure of your tribesmen? Is this “picnic adventure” really that fun for you to watch? Or are the lives of your tribesmen matter that little to you? Are all these violence and deaths worth the media mileage you are getting? 

    Please stop courting the public’s sympathy to favor your family’s interest. The Philippine government will not go to war to accommodate your wishes dear “Princess”.  Please call your followers home and end this tragic incident you referred to as “Picnic”.

    Pag-isipan po sana ninyo ito “mahal na Hari at mahal na Prinsesa”. Sayang po ang buhay ng maraming tao. Hindi po sila nabubuhay alang-alang sainyo. 

    Please realize that the world does not revolve around you and your family. The Philippine government will also look after the welfare of the 800,000 Filipinos that will be affected in Sabah and the many other Tausug populations in Sulu and Tawitawi. So please end your “Picnic Adventure” now for the sake of the many innocent people put into harms way for the sake of your family’s interest. 

    Lubos na gumagalang at nagmamahal,
    Juan Dela Cruz

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