New Malaysian monitors say Sabah crisis, peace talks are separate issues


COTABATO CITY, Philippines–The head of the new contingent of Malaysian peace monitors in Mindanao is confident that the Sabah conflict will not affect peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, saying the talks and the standoff were unrelated.

“I think these two are not related. Sabah is a separate matter. And I don’t think that can affect the peace talks that are going on between the MILF and the government of the Philippines,” said Major General Dato Fadzil Bin Mokhtar of the Malaysian Army, the IMT’s 8th mission head here.

Fadzil just started his yearlong tour of duty at the IMT on Mar. 12.

“My concern is the peace process and I don’t think that incident, which is independent of the peace process, will affect. Neither party has associated itself with the Sabah conflict. These two parties are talking and negotiating about the annexes. That’s why I’m saying Sabah is a separate matter,” he reiterated.

He expressed confidence in his group’s security while in the Philippines, citing his trust in the Philippine government.

“I have stated before that we have complete trust in the government of the Philippines and MILF. Government is responsible for providing us with security and we have full confidence in the ability of the government forces to protect us,” Fadzil said.

The official said communities on the ground were upbeat over the progress of the talks and had “high expectations” on the negotiations. For one, he said there were no reports of ceasefire violations between the two parties in all of last year.

Amid the optimism, Fadzil reiterated concerns of the IMT on incidents of rido, recurrent conflict between feuding clans.

“An example is when two parties go into a feud. It can escalate if they cannot control themselves. If the feud continues, you are forcing government to come in. If government comes in, the government could be confronting its partner,” said Fadzil.

But he said there has been no recorded incident of rido (clan war) turning into a ceasefire violation.

“It has not gone that far anyway. But we are conscious of this. And if it happens, we should be appealing to the parties. That’s our fear only. It’s better to be cautious,” said Fadzil.

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  • Edgardo Mendoza

    no need 5000 ringgit return the land of our brothers they are pitty condition in sabah!

  • floydelyn

    to all patriotic FILIPINOS out there: start driving Malaysian companies out of Manila; do not buy any of their services or goods. google malaysian companies in the philippines – we do not need these faggots. and who knows what they actually do here.

  • floydelyn

    to our MILF brothers in Mindanao; think about this: right now the malaysians are slaughtering our brother muslims in Sabah; whatever it is these malaysians promised to you before is NOT TRUE, TOTALLY; think this over: what is your guarantee that the malaysians will not shoot you, kill your families, terminate you or erase you from your own land; what will stop them from doing that. that will not happen now because everything is going their way; but what if you contradict any single kuala lumpur policy or directive. can you drive them out of your territory? no. can you engage and defeat them in battle? no. this is what will happen: they will erase your clans/race from this earth, like what they are doing now against our other brother muslims.

    to our MILF brothers in Mindanao: see the real color of these malaysians. cut off any alliances with them now. it could mean your and your families’ dear lives in the future.

  • floydelyn

    Malaysians hear this: GET OUT OF THE PHILIPPINES NOW.

    • JD

      Hi Flo … have you check out al jazeera news …. they had an interview with the SATAN MAHATHIR himself and HE ADMITTED that he DID …. “HELP” the MNLF!
      So you see what I SAID in my earlier postings were not JUST STORIES as alleged by ENEMIES of Philippines!


  • Maestro Bandong

    The government should scrap the framework agreement, let MILF, MNLF and the SULU Sultanate come to an agreement first, without these three factions coming together there will never be lasting peace in Mindanao, start with their level first before going to the next level. Replace Malaysia as Peace Negotiator with a Nation without vested interest in the Peace Agreement, Indonesia fits in place of Malaysia. To effect a greater change, it should come first from within…

  • floydelyn

    i am quoting fro JD’s comments:
    But how about Malaysian Government support for Southern Thailand Separatist and Acheh (Indonesia) Separatist! Again another TIT for TAT? As recent as a few months back Mahathir went to Solo, Indonesia and tried to instigate the Malays/Melayu there against the Javanese Rulers of Indonesia!
    indonesia, thailand, singapore, brunei, vietnam, burma, phils (all asia-oceania-middle east countries with muslim populations) should all sit down and diplomatically/peacefully address this threat from malaysia; contain malaysia or it will continue to sponsor secessionist groups outside its borders; it has become very good in this trade.
    also a group this size can muster the political power necessary to get the british out of the picture; the british, at one point, fought indonesians for malaysia.

    • JD

      Hi Flo … not only Britain … but Australia and New Zealand too… (ANZUK) … of course plus the GURKHAS! …. And the ANZUK Foces too fought in Malaya against the Communist Insurgency in Malaya!

      And now you’ll get MALAY stories in Malaysia about how their BRAVE UMNO MALAY SOLDIERS fought the Indonesians …. and also the Communist … and also the Japanese! They did NOT give credit to the ANZUK Forces and the Communist Party of Malaya!

      In fact the HEROES during the Japanese Occupation of Malaya were the Communist Party of Malaya… who were mainly Chinese Malayans! The SAD FACT was that most of the MATA-MATA or SPIES for the Japanese Kempetei were mainly Malays! This is another HISTORICAL FACT! But of course the UMNO Malays COMPLETELY left out the CONTRIBUTION of the COMMUNISTS IN MALAYA! …. And THAT the Malays themselves were the Japanese STOOGE!

      The reason WHY Malaysia is BRAVE is because of the 5 Nation Defense Pact with the Australia, New Zealand, UK and Singapore! All THESE COUNTRIES ARE OBLIGATED TO COME TO MALAYSIA’S AID IN ITS DEFENSE!

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    kiram need to create genocide bomb! to finish malayshits!

    • VWGTi_MKVI

      How would he fund that?

      • JD

        Now it would be Philippines Government TURN to FUND them!

        Happy Guerrilla Warfare! Chiao!

      • VWGTi_MKVI

        Sure. The Govt won’t have any part of the Kirams illusion of grandeur.

      • JD

        WHATEVER! I have proven my point about Malaysian Government HELPING to SPONSOR TERROR in South Thailand, Southern Philippines and Aceh, North Sumatra, Indonesia!

        Any when did i EVER agree to KIRAM’s way of doing things? Frankly i feel he should have let the Philippines Government to settle it with the Malaysian Government though i think he must have his own reasons!

      • VWGTi_MKVI

        And when did I EVER say you agreed?

  • JD

    Moro National Liberation Front chairman Nur Misuari has accused Malaysia of
    interfering in Moro Muslim affairs in southern Philippines, while saying
    that Kuala Lumpur had colonised Sabah and Sarawak.

    He said Malaysia has been a stumbling block in efforts to unite rival
    Moro groups fighting for independence in southern Philippines, namely
    the MNLF and its breakaway Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the
    party to the peace treaty currently being brokered by Malaysia.

    “This [MILF] is the instrument of Malaysian colonialism. It was
    organised by them. It’s Malaysia which is pulling the strings behind
    them [MILF].

    “I’m sorry to say, that is the truth of the matter. Put aside
    Malaysia, I think we can immediately solve the problem with the
    Philippine government,” Misuari told news channel Al Jazeera in an
    exclusive interview broadcast yesterday.

    WELL Fool-proof Singh, Nazril, VWGTi AND COMPANY … THIS IS YOUR PROOF!

    By the way …. how’s the GUERRILLA WAR going on!

    • VWGTi_MKVI

      I bet he is crossed when MILF decided to be in the peace treaty, leaving the MNLF to fight alone. Giving unfounded statements like this might somehow impact the peace treaty. Nice guerrilla tactics :)

      • JD

        Misuari said the peace deal, expected to be finalised next month, was a pretext by Malaysia to strengthen its rule in Sabah, which he described as the Moros’ “sacred lands”, and challenged Malaysia to withdraw from Sabah and prove its territorial claim by legal means.

        He reaffirmed his opposition to the peace deal by saying that the
        MNLF had already signed peace treaties under different governments in
        Manila in 1976, 1987 and 1996.

        “These are peace treaty agreements that must be implemented first.
        Anyone who come up with a new agreement is the spoiler,” he added.

        Malaysian aid

        Admitting that his group once received Malaysian aid during the peak
        of the armed conflict in Mindanao, Misuari however said the help had an
        ulterior motive to use MNLF in saving Malaysia from “tentacles of
        [former president] Marcos and his dictatorship”.

        “Later, when Marcos was finally put aside, they [Malaysia] began to
        suspect our intention,” said Misuari, who added that the aid was “not so
        much of money” but in the form of military training and some “obsolete

        Asked about his stand on the recent armed intrusion by followers of
        the self-styled Sulu sultan Jamalul Kiram, Misuari said while he would
        not support their struggle, he sympathised with their plight.

        “I have even warned my brother prime minister Najib (Razak), I said,
        ‘Please don’t touch our people, don’t prosecute them, whatever happened
        in Lahad Datu, please don’t implicate our people’,” he added.

        ~WOW! ” I have even warned my BLOODER PRIME SINISTER NAJIB” ~ … Wow man did you get THAT? BLOODER …. BLOODER …. BLOODER!

        Sigh! … Looks like NO END to the WAR in SABAH yeah!

      • VWGTi_MKVI

        Whatever people that were involved in this, they will have to be responsible. I’m very certain any country would have taken the same action (even harsher) regardless of the race and/or nationality of the aggressor.

      • JD

        Whatever bro whatever!

      • JD

        ~UNFOUNDED STATEMENTS ~ Oh yeah! … By NOW you would have known that even MAHATHIR himself had ADMITTED to “HELP” the MNLF! There’s your PROOF! Now you were saying ….. Hee hee hee heee!


      • VWGTi_MKVI

        Again, blaming others but themselves. Sheeshh

      • JD

        Helooo … Check al jazeera … EX -PM of Malaysia MAHATHIR himself said that “They(MNLF) ask us for help so we help”!

      • VWGTi_MKVI

        It doesn’t matter if we help or not, that place still a violent place. I’d rather be in Malaysia than there.

      • JD

        I came with ONE purpose and one purpose ONLY …. that is to EXPOSE the EVIL UMNO MALAYS GOVERNMENT IN MALAYSIA!

        Since MAHATHIR has ADMITTED “TO HELPING” THE MNLF in the Philippines plus Misuari himself said so before Mahathir did ….. I have NOTHING MORE to add!

        The SATAN MAHATHIR himself has said so!

        My WORK here at IGN is done! I have no more TIME to WASTE on IDIOTS like YOU!

        Sayonara … Chiao … Good bye … Selamat Tinggal!

      • VWGTi_MKVI

        Awwww, poor you….declaring defeat already, idiot?

  • Bato

    I am expecting the malaysians will ‘arm-twist the arms of Aquino (like a ‘helper-boy’) as a leverage against the completion of the Mindanao peace agreement…

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