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Malaysian top cop denies claims of abuses in Sabah

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Residents of Tanjung Labian gather at the evacuation centre in Embara Budi near where the Malaysian troop launched an assault against armed Filipino gunmen in Tanduo village on March 8, 2013. AFP

DIGOS CITY, Philippines – Putrajaya, the federal administrative center of Malaysia, has remained mum on the abuses by Malaysian policemen in Sabah as of Monday as the state’s police commissioner struggled to deny that Filipinos were being killed on the streets or had been brutally handled.

For two straights days, Sabah Police Commissioner Hamza Taib had been making the rounds of the state’s radio stations and talking to journalists to stress his earlier denial of state forces “dragging people like animals out of their homes or shooting them indiscriminately.”

Speaking over a Sabah-based radio station, over which, he also spoke on Sunday, Hamza directly trashed the claims by saying there was no grain of truth that members of the Polis Diraja Malaysia (Malaysian Royal Police) had killed innocent people nor had been arbitrarily detaining locals with Filipino blood.

Describing the claims, including one made by Mykad holder Amira Taradji about how her brother, Jumadil, was allegedly shot dead during a police raid on their community in Sandakan last week, Hamza said: “It was not part of (standard operating procedure).”

“I strongly deny that,” he added.

Earlier on Sunday, Hamza hinted the Sabah Police Commission was not keen on investigating the claims saying “it could be the handiwork of people trying to discredit the gains of Ops Daulat.”

“You can ask people around and find for yourself if these reports are true,” Hamza said over the same radio station.

He said allegations of human rights abuses by Malaysian security forces in connection with the Sabah crisis started to surface late last month and was capped by a video showing some men in camouflage uniform slashing the throat of a man they had shot dead. In the latter part of the video clip, the men were seen shooting some people and then stepped over their bodies.

Hamza said even if the video was taken from an actual incident, he could “say with confidence that it was not definitely from Sabah or any part of Malaysia.”

Hamza did not deny that there had been several incidents where Malaysian policemen were involved in abuses but added that those committed them had already been sanctioned.

“There is nothing going on in Sandakan, so what is there left for me to clarify?” he said.

The chief of the Malaysian police had declined to issue any more comment on the reported brutality by Malaysian policemen as they swooped into Filipino communities in Tawau, Kunak, Sandakan and Lahad Datu in search of Sabah-based supporters of the Sulu sultanate’s “royal army,” saying he had already made an earlier denial.


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  • istoryahe

    IF MALAYSIANS POLICE ARE SAYING THE TRUTH, 
    then why they wont allow foreign journalist in the area????
    because they are hiding something..

    Remember Malaysians=suluks have the same origins.
    they are your brother, and you are butchering them!!!

    LIAR!!!

  • istoryahe

    MALAYSIANS LOOK AT YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR.
    COMPARE YOUR FACE WITH THE SULUKS YOU CALL TERRORIST.

    that means you malaysians are also a terrorist!

  • istoryahe

    MALAYSIANS CALL THE 200 SULUKS TERRORIST,
    but they forgot they are the one supplying arms and bombs to the person
    they called terrorist, and terrorizing us here in Philippines!!!

    MALAYSIAN GOVT ARE THE REAL TERRORIST!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BJWOSERENIZQCR35IJH6SLXBUI cali

    Malaysian PIGS under Najib, the GREAT LIAR and KILLER of his own Mongolian girlfriend

  • Hey_Dudes

    In my opinion, no one can compare to the brutality of the Japanese invaders when Filipinos were at their mercy.  They are the most brutal invaders that ever set foot in our country.  Whatever Malaysians are doing to fellow Filipinos caught in the foolishness of Kiram, it is nowhere the degree we suffered in the hands of the Japanese military.

    Is this the fault of the Philippine government or someone who thought sending 300 fighters calling themselves royal army is enough to make the country of Malaysia shake in their boots.  Apparently, with an army of his own and a self styled sultan to boot, they consider themselves independent and acted independent and foolish.  Kiram must answer to these people whom Malaysia is purging for deportation.

  • Benjamin Ismail

    why is it then there is no mass exodus of your countrymen from Malaysia? The truth of the matter is only the guilty ones are running

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

    malayshits is a monster!!

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

    najib razak crime against humanity terrorist malayshits manipulator!!

  • eltee mulawin

    …… Describing the claims, including one made by Mykad holder Amira
    Taradji about how her brother, Jumadil, was allegedly shot dead during a
    police raid on their community in Sandakan last week, Hamza said: “It
    was not part of (standard operating procedure).”
    “I strongly deny that,” he added.
    …..sabi pa ni SP Commissioner ng Malaysia..“There is nothing going on in Sandakan, so what is there left for me to clarify?” he said.

    >>> sa SP Commissioner ng Malaysia-Mr. Hamza, sa unang sagot..ay tama ikaw, DAHIL WALANG SINUMAN MAY KATUNGKULAN LALO NA SA KATULAD MO NA SASABIHIN ANG TOTOO, KASI NGA WALA KA NAMAN DOON SA PANGYAYARI. BAKIT HINDI NINYO PAYAGAN MAKAPUNTA ANG MGA MEDIA NG PH AT ILANG AHENSIA NG PH. PARA MA-COVERAGE ANG TUNAY NA SITWASYON AT CONDITION NG MGA SINASABI NINYONG MGA NAHULING SUSPECT AT ANG MGA NAROROON PA MGA PILIPINO.



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