Malaysia vows to check on maltreatment of Filipino


In this Wednesday, March 13, 2013, photo released by Malaysia’s Ministry of Defense, a Malaysian soldier fires a machine gun during a gun battle with Filipino gunmen at Sungai Nyamuk near Tanduo village in Lahad Datu, Borneo’s Sabah state, Malaysia. Malaysia’s top security officials on Thursday said they were verifying with their Philippine counterparts the reports that Filipinos in Sabah were maltreated by their security forces. AP PHOTO/MALAYSIA’S MINISTRY OF DEFENSE

LAHAD DATU, Malaysia–Malaysia’s top security officials on Thursday said they were verifying with their Philippine counterparts the reports that Filipinos in Sabah were maltreated by their security forces.

“We are checking with the authorities there in the Philippines,” Malaysian Police Chief Ismail Omar said.

The Malaysian Foreign Ministry denied on Wednesday allegations of human rights violations reported by the Inquirer on March 9 and 10, saying the reports were “unjustified and unsubstantiated” and were fabricated by people who intended to “damage and strain the good and close relations between Malaysia and the Republic of the Philippines.”

Ismail and Malaysian military chief Gen. Zulkifeli Zin spoke at a joint news conference here late Thursday, with the police chief saying that Malaysian authorities would also verify with the Philippines the claim of the spokesman of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, Abraham Idjirani, that only 10 combatants from the sultanate had been killed in fighting Malaysian security forces since the standoff erupted into violence on March 1.

Idjirani said in Manila that most of the fatalities reported by the Malaysian security forces were civilians.

Philippine probe

The Philippine government is investigating Filipino refugees’ claims that they suffered abuses at the hands of Malaysian policemen.

Following the Malaysian Foreign Ministry’s denial of the allegations, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was documenting the refugees’ complaints.

DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez told reporters that Malaysia had not officially communicated its denial to the DFA.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said on Wednesday that the Philippines would file a protest over the abuses after the investigation and the DFA would recommend where the protest would be filed.

The DSWD and the DFA have set up a joint humanitarian and welfare desk in Sabah to help Filipinos displaced by the fighting there and assist those who need documents to return to the Philippines.

Soliman said four evacuation centers have been established in federal plantations in Sabah with a total of 1,464 Filipino, Indonesian and Timorese evacuees.

Hundreds of Filipinos have fled the fighting and police abuses in Sabah, and Sen. Loren Legarda has warned of a looming humanitarian crisis as more refugees are expected to flood into southern Philippines.

International help

Legarda, chairperson of the Senate foreign relations committee, called on the government on Thursday to do everything within its powers to prevent such a crisis, including seeking assistance from such international organizations as the Red Cross and the Red Crescent.

“As our government is trying to provide humanitarian and consular assistance to Filipinos involved and are caught in the conflict in Sabah, many of those who have voluntarily evacuated from Sabah are proceeding to Sulu, Tawi-Tawi or Basilan, and with the influx of evacuees, there is a greater need for food, water, and temporary shelter,” Legarda said in a statement.

Legarda said the government must pursue the humanitarian efforts “without abandoning reports of inhumane treatment of Filipinos in Sabah because these allegations need to be immediately verified by our government and action should be undertaken to put the alleged atrocities under check.”

She said the Red Cross could help validate the reports of police abuses in Sabah.

A party-list lawmaker on Thursday said the government should stop calling the Filipinos returning from Sabah “balikbayans” and instead call them “refugees.”

Term undermines claim

Soliman has said the Filipinos fleeing Sabah will be referred to as balikbayans.

But calling the Filipinos from Sabah balikbayans, a term usually reserved for overseas workers returning to the Philippines, would do nothing to ease their plight, according to Party-list Rep. Luz Ilagan of Gabriela.

The term also undermines the Philippine claim to Sabah, Ilagan said.—With reports from Christine O. Avendaño, Cynthia D. Balana, Norman Bordadora and Leila B. Salaverria

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  • Edgardo Mendoza

    loren legarda mag dukit ka nalang matagal ka na senador patay gutom parin ang pinas binabangko mo yata pera ng bayan

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    malayshits terrorist land grabber!

  • PurpleDaisy13

    “A worker from Sabah who asked not to be named said even pregnant women and children who were long-time residents of Sabah have been hunted down and killed as the Malaysians fire mortars and embark on a house-to-house search to flush out supporters of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III. – previous inquirer article

    • Adzhar

      Lying through their teeth and you stupidly believe that.

      • PurpleDaisy13

        Yes Adzhar.

        Believing what a Sabahan says about what the Malaysians did is not far-fetched considering how barbaric Malaysian still are…check out these videos of Malaysian torture which is no big deal to Malaysians:

        01. youtube,com/watch?v=JI5WMmWQzI4

        02. liveleak,com/view?i=5ab_1172940415

        03. youtube,com/watch?v=gKuOCDtTGC0

      • Jun Canada

        Lying is encourage in your Quran that promotes lying Al Taqiyya ( Art of Lying)

        Killing your own Muslim brother ( Syria. Iran, Pakistan, Hamas vs Fatah in Gaza etc) is allowed in Muslim religion its called Hukm Al Tatarrus..

        Muslim is a Peaceful religion …. they kill their own brother
        Your Allah is great….

  • Salm Sanh

    There is universal wisdom is discerning between right and wrong. Why we have to condone the amuck,siege that our Moslem brothers ordered by Sultan Kiram have inflicted in Sabah. The other legitimate claimants of East Sabah are using backdoor arrangement early this year,. They deliberately derailed the on going peace process which will give their Moslem brother calibrated autonomy. They can run for any post in Mindanao if they want.Why ex PM rejected their request for steep increase in compensation in the past? Reclaiming golden years of royal highness for a clan by force and placing Pres Noy with the whole nation hostage with their clan’’s a misadventure and stupidity. .’s ok with them that other Filipinos working peacefully in Sabah with sweat suffer,it’s ok with them that the peace process in Mindanao will remain elusive for their own glory . At the end ,it will even weaken more their grip and aspiration in Sabah.I am Mindanaons by heart ,it;s not regaining thelost royal highness we need— peace,opoprtunity and education that will shape the future of Moro generation


    …try to think..have about 800000 filifina people in sabah….just bacause about ten people talk bad about our think bad about our about 799990 filifina people who work peacefully here…..if you have brain try to think before give a statement..

    • PurpleDaisy13

      re: “..try to think..

      Okay Silver Taurus, let’s think about it:

      a worker from Sabah who asked not to be named said even pregnant women and children who were long-time residents of Sabah have been hunted down and killed as the Malaysians fire mortars and embark on a house-to-house search to flush out supporters of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III.

      Malaysians security forces are up against 30 armed men and 220 unarmed civilian, men, women, and children.

      Do you think your Malaysian security forces are going to care about unarmed civilian men, women, and children that resemble 220 that came to protest? Apparently not Silver Taurus.

      Malaysian security forces are going to hunt down and kill pregnant women and children firing mortar bombs despite being long-time residents of Sabah because their profile matches those of 220 that came to protest.

      And yes…that’s bad Silver Taurus. That’s VERY BAD…so let us teach you something about morals, ethics, and principles that you refuse to learn. Because now there are civilians without wives, mothers, and children…because YOU KILLED THEM along with your support for the Malaysian lying-thieves.

      Don’t give us your Malaysian people are peaceful crap. If they are, then blame it on your Malaysian security forces and your government for giving you all a bad reputation Silver Taurus.

      You think people with brains are going to believe your bullsh*t defense when you Malaysians torture people with weapons powerful enough to rip through flesh and blood? Look at yourselves in these videos once again Silver Taurus…you’re a freaken barbarian living in the Stone Age…hahahahahahahAHHAAHAHAHHAHA

      01. youtube,com/watch?v=JI5WMmWQzI4

      02. liveleak,com/view?i=5ab_1172940415

      03. youtube,com/watch?v=gKuOCDtTGC0

      The world never really knew much about Malaysians and neither did I…but now they know all about you Silver Taurus. I’m sorry for the embarrassing exposure you have brought upon yourselves.

    • Jun Canada

      Are they all Muslim ?

      Muslim killing Muslim ? Like in Syria/Pakistan, Iraq ….

      I salute you for being very very proud of your religion..

      Muslim religion ….religion of Peace ….they kill there own Muslim brother

  • kilabot

    you believe a criminal to check on his criminal activities?
    abnoying state of mind.

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