Jamalul Kiram rules out disengagement from Sabah


Filipino Sultan Jamalul Kiram III. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Sultan Jamalul Kiram III of Sulu on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of his armed followers leaving Sabah soon, saying he did not authorize his younger brother to negotiate with the government about the “disengagement” of the sultanate’s “royal army”  from the east Malaysian state the sultanate claims to own.

Speaking to reporters at his residence in Taguig City, Kiram maintained that while he allowed his brother, Sultan Bantilan Esmail Kiram II, to meet with Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, he did not give the green light to negotiate in behalf of the sultanate.

“The truth is I don’t like him to talk to anybody. If possible, I told him to stay with me,” Kiram said. “There is no (negotiation on disengagement). I don’t like that. It’s like playing baseball. I’m already on the third base, why would I leave? Why would I go out?”

“That (disengagement) will only happen after I talk with my brother in Sabah,” he said, referring to his younger brother, Rajah Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, who led a 234-strong contingent of the “royal sultanate forces” which occupied Tanduao village in Lahad Datu on February 9.

Malaysian security forces have dispersed the group in operations, backed by aerial and artillery bombardment, that have claimed 57 Filipino and 9 Malaysian lives.

Asked if he thought Esmail acted on his own when he claimed that the sultanate was open to disengagement, he said, “Parang ganoon eh (It looks like that).”

He said Esmail did not mention the discussion he had with Roxas regarding the possible withdrawal of the “royal security forces” from Sabah when Esmail visited him on Tuesday.

He said that if the Aquino government was sincere in finding a solution to the Sabah crisis, “they should talk to me directly.”

“My door is open to negotiations. I have said that many times,” Kiram said.

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  • mapicchu

    this kiram attitude is getting to be nauseating already…obviously he doesnt need any help…he also wants his people to all vanish in sabah. just need to remind him not to blame the government if that happens indeed.

  • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

    Whatever happened to the 10,000 reinforcement? The picnickers are turning out to be a misadventure. Its time to surrender or be hunted and killed. The choice is yours Raja Muda.

  • $18209031

    Mabuhay ang Sultan of Sulu !! You are in the right side of history !

    Sulu Fighters, Allah is with you . Allah is first and last. Allah is the Giver and Taker.

    Allah is Allah

    INsha Allah !

    • Pinsan_ni_Mang_Kanor

      So parekoy pano ba to, tuloy ang laban?

      • $18209031

        THe Malayo Thieves had committted 50 years of robbery of the land of Sulu People.

        The Sulu People and Sultanate will give them what they deserve in the next 50 years.

        Malaysia, return what you have stolen. If you are truly muslims and following the teachings of Allah, return Sabah to the rightful heirs . That is the right thing to do as muslims , as followers of Islam and of the global community.

      • Pinsan_ni_Mang_Kanor

        Allahu akbar. Bismillah!

    • Rene

      ganun din ang sabi ng mga malaysian muslim, sino kaya ang pakikinggan ni Allah!

      • $18209031

        Allah is truth and righteousness. Who is stealing Sabah in the last 50 years ?
        Any Romani Katoliks know it by heart. Any muslims know it by heart.
        If you are not of the truth and righteousness, then you are in darkness. THe darkness is of Shaytan , the deceiver and King of the Bottomless Pit.

  • milo go

    Kiram is making a fool and mockery of our people, our democracy and our constitution. Our political leadership and the media do not have the courage to confront him and enforce the Law. In other words the delusional sultan is acting like a feudal king and Shitting(Tumatae) on our heads and we look so impotent.

  • filipinaskoh

    ano ba itong Kiram na ito very demanding akala mo naman pag-aari nya ang Sulu kung umasta at feeling ka-level nya ang Sultan ng Brunei.

    Don’t leave and don’t give up? Who do you think will suffer the most consequences but the Filipino people who were displaced by your idiot deeds. Your Stupid make belief royal army will soon be annihilated because of your wrong and moronic decision.

    The PNOY had given your word to you, surrender then talk. Anong gusto mo ang legitimate and honorable President ng Pilipinas ang yuyuko sa katulad mo na ang pagiging sultan ay sa pangalan lang na ipinangalan mo sa sarili mo?

  • disqusted0fu

    If for some reason the Kirams do reclaim Sabah, see how the Aquino administration will turn around in an instant.

    Anyway, so all that development that Mar Roxas was talking about is just blank? Why can’t the Aquino admin just talk with Jamalul and try to get this over with? Too many lives are at risk, but Pnoy is just enjoying the campaign period with his team, attacking his political foes along the way.

    • filipinaskoh

      too impossible for kiram to reclaim sabah, even the UN will not reverse their previous decision, even ICJ will not favor Kiram. they have to check the historical records of brunei in which nothing was mentioned that kiram was awarded the land.

      • $18209031

        If you re fighting for truth and righteousness, it is a fight with no time frame.

        Just as Allah is the Beginning and End. He is Allah and all things return to Allah.

        Insha Allah.

  • Ken_777

    Sana magpalabas ang Sultan ng sort of SULTANATE STRUCTURE, kung sino ang opisyales nya at mga duties & functions nito. PARA DI MAGULO, si Abe, si Jacel di malaman kung sino ang opisyal na spokeperson or sino ang mas mataas sa kanila sa ranggo. Ngayon nandito naman ang isang kapatid di malaman kung ano ang capasidad. Sultan ang mga taga UP karamihan mga nationalists, at magagaling sila sa administration, I’m sure makakakuha ka ng volunteers doon. Cguro kaya kinausap ni Mar Roxas ang iyong kapatid baka akala nya with your blessing ang pag-uusap. I’M SURE DI NYA KINAUSAP ANG IYONG KAPATID PARA LAGYAN NG QUESTION MARK ANG IYONG LEGITIMACY.. Please show some Sulu Sultanate Structure, alam kong maraming kang pinsan, nephews, nieces, relatives pwedeng mag-fiil up. Be sure lang qualified ang nasa sensitive positions. Knowing Abe ok yan sa public relation, smooth or cool sya he, he, he, pero walang masama kung may mag-alalay sa kanya 3 or 4 na magagaling sa ibang fields, you what I mean? MAybe ikaw rin cguro baka kailangan isang alalay na magaling sa diplomacy, diplomatic ‘ika nga.. suggestion lang naman ang akin.

  • Ken_777

    Sana Sultan Kiram magapalabas ng sort of Sultanate Structure para di magulo. Kasi di malaman ng mga negotiators/facilitator kung sino ang i-approach. Si jacel or Abe di malaman kun sino ang senior spokeperson. Ngayon nandito isang kapatid na di malaman kung ano ang capasidad. CGURO NAMAN KAYA SYA KINAUSAP NI MAR ROXAS DAHIL AKALA MAY BLESSING SYA GALING SYO, KUMBAGA AMBASSADOR OR THE LIKE. DI NAMAN CGURO KINAUSAP SYA PARA LAGYAN NG QUESTION MARK ANG IYONG LEGITIMACY. Magagaling mga taga-UP sa administration, mga nationalists pa, cgurado makakakuha kayo ng volunteers. Knowing Abe magaling sya sa public relations, smooth, cool ‘ika nga, he, he, he, pero walang masama kung may mga 3 or 4 na alalay sya na magagaling sa ibang fields. Kayo rin Sultan walang masama kung may alalay din na medjo DIPLOMATIC ang personality.. Suggestion lang naman ang akin.

  • go88

    “My door is open to negotiations. I have said that many times,”

    Tulfo could have said that …. translated ‘I want more money’.

  • Philcruz

    Arrogant. Still arrogant.

    He still thinks he is bigger than government and higher in position than the President. This man is belligerent and foolhardy. Leave him be. Deal with his followers. If they don’t want to, leave them be, too.

    You can lead a horse to water but your can’t force it to drink. If they want to jump in a lake of piranhas, you can’t force them not to.

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