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Malaysian journalists ordered to call Sulu gunmen as ‘terrorists’



DIGOS CITY, Philippines–Independent Malaysian online news provider Malaysiakini has claimed that Malaysian journalists covering the Sabah crisis in Lahad Datu were ordered by the Sabah minister on Monday to always refer to the armed followers of the sultan of Sulu as “terrorists.”

This developed as the Tawau district police chief Awang Besar Dullah said pamphlets written in Melayu had started circulating in the district, which urged “a certain race to rise up and cause chaos in Sabah.”

He would not directly say what race was behind the circulation of the pamphlets titled “Raya Hidup Berkuasa (The kingdom reign forever).”

But Awang said the distribution of the “rebellious” pamphlets was certainly related to the intrusion of the Sulu gunmen.

In an article posted on Monday, Malaysiakini said Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman had “ordered” journalists to stop referring to Jamalul Kiram III as Sultan of Sulu and to refer to his followers involved in the Sabah violence as “terrorists.”

Aman’s order, Malaysiakini said, came in the wake of a statement from Deputy Minister Ahmad Maslan that “the intruders who have terrorized others should not be likened to a respectable group like an army.”

“Stop referring to that terrorist group as the royal army of the Sulu sultanate … it is also inappropriate to link the Sulu community in Sabah with the group,” he said.

Defense Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was quoted by state media Bernama as saying “(the) armed intruders are like terrorists, however I leave it to the media to figure out what to call them.”

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  • virgo57

    The Sabah minister has the gall to call the Filipino Muslims fighting for their cause as terrorist. They Malaysian government should look at the mirror and ask themselves, who trained, financed and coddled the Muslim Filipinos to sow terror in Mindanao? The existence of MNLF, MILF & ASG are creation by the Malaysian government as proxy army. The Malaysias are betel eater who are good in smuggling and exporter of mercenaries in guise of jihad warriors and Islam is the fighting cause and Sabah is the training ground! Hypocrite mosquito Malaysian grown up backward with twisted doctrine.

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

    greedy najib razak is a taliban terrorist!!

  • kilabot

    if tausugs are terrorists,
    then malaysia is terrorist trainer.
    which is worse?

  • Hey_Dudes

    There’s really no need to deodorize what these invaders are? They are terrorist who decided on their own to invade Sabah. These are non thinking fighters who thought 300 fighters with no food supplies and plenty of ammunition is enough to rattle and shake Malaysia off of their booties. All terrorist should be like them so it will be easier to contain.

  • Sabahis_Malaysia

    sabah is malaysia..
    truly asia..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ELGS2BPKJKG5PDWJAOOCF7K5KI Albert

    The Philippines treats “permanent residents” in the Philippines still the same as a foreigner. So why should filipino “permanent residents” be treated any different in Malaysia?

  • DarkJustice

    To Malaysians pigs commenting that those snall grp of Muslims in Sabah are Terrorist,do you know whats the definition of a Terrorist/Terrorism? Pls get a dictionary!Terrorist word would now best describe what the Malaysian authorities are doing,shooting civilian,terrorising legal immigrants,etc..SO who is doing the terrorism acts? Is it the small grp of Muslim who are asserting their beliefs or these Malaysian authorities who do not know whats the difference between a combatant and non-combatant? So please do GET a dictionary and look up for the word Terrorism! It only shows how morons you are all.

    • misuari playboy

      and the answer is….(drum roll)…. jamal_assehole_kiram

  • Jun Canada

    Of course the Malaysian government can do that. They call it Al Taqiyya ( Art of Lying) in their Quran

  • http://www.facebook.com/bong.christian.2013 Christian Marcelito

    We should also call Malaysians Financial Terrorists for hiding Amalilio the Financial Terrorist Scammer

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


    • Jonathan Lim

      Hello pinoy toilet cleaner. Please go back cleaning that toilet bowl. There’s a stain of my sh*t there so hurry up get it clean.

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