Malaysia clears standoff-hit Borneo village


KUALA LUMPUR—Malaysian police said Monday they had cleared a remote village at the heart of a month-long incursion by Filipino Islamists as another gunman was killed, raising the toll in the crisis to 63.

But the remaining followers of a self-styled Philippine Sultan were still being hunted in a neighboring village and surrounding farmland a week after Malaysia sent in the army to root them out.

The armed group landed on the coast of Sabah on Borneo island early last month in a bizarre bid to assert the “sultan’s” historical claim to the areas.

Surrounded by security forces, they dug in for a standoff in the sleepy village of Tanduo amid vast palm oil plantations until a deadly shootout prompted a military attack that scattered the militants.

Sabah state police chief Hamza Taib said security forces had now secured Tanduo but were pursuing the remaining fighters in the village of Tanjung Batu and surrounding areas.

He added that another gunman was shot in Tanjung Batu on Sunday, bringing to 54 the number of militants killed in Malaysia’s worst security crisis in years.

Eight police officers were killed in earlier shootouts and security forces also shot dead a teenager at the weekend. It has not been made clear whether the teen was a local or one of the militants.

Supporters of Manila-based Jamalul Kiram III calling him the heir to the defunct southern Philippine sultanate of Sulu have said about 235 people took part in the mission.

The incursion has created a delicate situation for the two neighbors, with Manila under pressure to prevent the deaths of the Philippine nationals, while Malaysian public sentiment has strongly back the tough army action.

Hamza also said the number arrested in Sabah since the incursion began grew to 97 with 12 new arrests.

Police have said those arrested had suspected links to the incursion, but have provided no details.

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  • Pinsan_ni_Mang_Kanor

    The Tausugs in Sabah had long before settled peacefully in that land, hundreds of years before the British came, long before the puppet Malaysian Federation was founded.

    Some of them are permanent residents while some are going back and forth to Mindanao for trade and livelihood. Until the British sponsored Malaysian Federation was established,these so called Tausugs were displaced. A large number were deported back to Mindanao. The most controversial one was last 2001. I remember 1 guy who grew up in Sabah but was sent back to Basilan, he cant speak the Tausug language and to him Basilan is A strange land. 1 girl was even raped by the Malaysian police before the poor girl was deported.

    Reports of abuses by Malaysian natives and Chinese alike are rampant to their Tausug workers. This is horrible act of megalomania among the Malaysian colonizers, who considered themselves superior despite the fact we all came from the Malay race.

    And now, they even found the reason to justify his animalistic acts, thanks to kiram, the malaysians found a scapegoat to harass and murder the tausugs in Sabah. They turned their manhunt to Kirams group into a shooting spree of our brethren in Sabah. All the Malaysian authorities can say is flat denial on these accusations.

    This has to end somewhere, somehow, someday.
    Sabahans, enough with your cowardice, you are a nation on your own right.
    Your natural resources belongs to no one but you.
    Do not let Kuala Lumpur abuse you and your Fellow Tausugs.
    They corrupted your land by sucking your oil, made it into a training ground for terrorist from Mindanao and committing abuse

    We will support your cause
    The once Malaysian sponsored terrorists in Mindanao are now siding with you
    The Philippine government will reward you for every Malaysians that you will capture.

    • Jaguarxkr

      Another potential terrorist.

      • H_A_B_A_G_A_T

        Malaysia will surely recruit it as MILF are making peace treaty, they loose a group to fund for WAR.
        Malaysia the TERRORIST makers are on the hunt of future terrorist for Thailand and Philippines .

  • George

    the MORONS and IDYOTS bloggers here will never accept their stupidity.and ignorance. wonder why?  plain and simple ignorant pinoys? oh i know it, hatred with the president.

    • David Millon

      hey dont say that,it is rude, they just like the tv drama, partying,drinking and singing…

  • H_A_B_A_G_A_T

    A Malaysian Military trainer joke to MNLF….
     “We are not even sure if the firearms we are giving you will not be turned against,” the Malaysian trainers had said in a jest.

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    malayshits genocide pilipinos!! monster!!

  • Natx Bacalzo

    Agence-France Presse (AFP) is simply mouting official malaysian line of the events in Sabah since no independent foreign media are allowed in Sabah on a news blackout imposed by the genocidal malaysian govt.

  • disqusted0fu

    The Aquino administration and their followers keep on pushing the issue that what many want is for the PH to violently retaliate against Malaysia, or at least that’s what they are trying to make it appear. But that’s not what the public is complaining about. What the public wants is for Pnoy to at least do something proper, not just to order the sultanates to come back to the PH then threaten them and afterwards go back to campaigning for team Pnoy to badmouth his political foes. He’s gotta do a lot more than that.

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