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Malaysia: Abuse raps ‘baseless’


MANILA, Philippines – The Malaysian Defense Minister denied Monday the reported human rights abuses committed by Malaysian security forces against Filipinos in Sabah.

“I believe that these are just more baseless allegations. If there is any shooting, the police and the armed forces will make the necessary announcements,” Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told Malaysian media in a press conference.

Filipinos who returned to the country to escape the escalating  violence in Sabah recounted to Philippine media how Malaysian police were rounding up Filipino immigrants, even those with appropriate documents, and throwing them in jail.

Others also described how many Filipinos were shot by Malaysian police during their sweeps of the villages looking for the supporters of the Sultan.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) had already issued a statement asking the Malaysian government to clarify what actually happened.

“The allegations are alarming and should be properly and immediately addressed by concerned authorities,” DFA said in a statement following the reports.

“The Department urges the Malaysian government to take steps to clarify these alleged incidents,” it said. “We reiterate our call on the Malaysian Government to give humane treatment to the Filipinos under their custody.”

Malaysian security forces have been hunting down the supporters of the Sulu “Royal army,” led by Sultan Jamalul Kiram III’s brother Rajah Muda Agbimuddin, who sailed to Tanduao village, Lahad Datu to reclaim what they insist is their rightful territory.

The Malaysian government launched an all-out air and ground assault against the group to end the standoff but failed to apprehend all the members.

Scores of casualties have been reported both from the Malaysian side and the supporters of Sultanate in several skirmishes before and after the assault.

Police have since cordoned of the surrounding villages and are continuously conducting sweeping operations to flush out the remaining members.

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  • Marx Louis Wang

    Baseless? How come they are fleeing from Sabah, Philippines in multitude?

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

      Those words from Kiram and Misuari…the two men that hated the most…and suddenly you believe them totality?

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Killing an Imam with his four sons? you call that baseless?

    • http://www.mmobux.com/ David Millon

      you dont just call anyone “Imam” without certification and proper education. Again, this self proclaimed uneducated “Iman” making chaos and held people hostage. Wow so much coincidence with this self proclaimed comedic tragedy.

      • blowcoldblowhot

        At a circus in a nearby town I saw you stood
        looking at the camels. Then you picked up a straw, placed it on the camel’s
        back and waited. After a while you mutters “wrong straw” and walks
        away. Got you. 

  • John Terry

    Give back Sabah and Southern Philippines to Tausug… problem solved…

    They have too many Sultans… they need more land…

  • $18209031

     Would you believe from the mouths of Malayo Bhumiputras who deceitfully taken Sabah for 50 years ? NO way Ishmael !

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me thrice , i ll be dxmn!

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

      You are not only been fooled once, not twice but uncounted by this Inquirer. Ask Inquirer to show at least a photo of that woman Taradji! Does she really exist?

  • $18209031

    DFA and Phil Inquirer, do not believe these Bhumipjutras. They are master liars. Martial Law is in full swing in the Red Areas of Sabah designated as Tausug rich enclaves. They are flooding these areas with troops and polis and special operations branch operatives. THey are capturing males and killing them at will if they feel they are RSSA.

    Time for the UN Sec Gen to announce the need for UN observers into the area and check on atrocities.

  • ofwme2807

     abuses raps are baseless : Malaysia is that you can only offer??oh come on people from all over the world are not that stupid to believe you…you killed them all in cold blood and your abuses are well known and documented and still deny??just fool yourselves you traitors

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

      Documented? One sided story without even a single photo or recorded video…you considered that as well known and documented? aiyaaaaaa

  • http://www.mmobux.com/ David Millon

    “even those with appropriate documents, and throwing them in jail”
    yes this is an appropriate action, if there is a tip off from local residents or spies about legal immigrants abetting intruders they should be caught. Do you outsource your articles to Indian copywriter?

  • http://twitter.com/datemaster1 john cris

    nga ogag din naman yang mga malaysian ayaw nila papasukin mga foreign media para makita kung totoo sinasabi nila

  • Naldm05

    Malaysian authority is full of lies and denials… they dont want the international community to know the real score….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003247426337 Carlos Acoba

    in fact Sabah was not invaded by Royal Army of Sulu, they were wiped-out even before they reach the shore of Sabah…

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