Malaysian premier defends action against Sulu ‘invaders’


Najib Razak. FILE PHOTO

DIGOS CITY, Philippines—Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has defended his government’s military assault on a group of armed men belonging to the “royal army” of the sultanate of Sulu and other action to cut off support for the “invaders of Sabah” from local people and immigrants, the Malaysian state-run Radio 24 reported Saturday.

The radio reported Najib as telling supporters during a lunch he hosted after attending Friday prayers in Tanah Merah in Kelantan  that nobody should question Malaysia’s handling of the Sabah incident because it did not violate international or religious laws.

“Malaysia was on the side of the truth in defending the country’s sovereignty from the terrorists. The government is most careful in the matter and about what we are doing,” Najib was quoted as saying.

He said that under any Islamic law, Malaysia was not liable because it repeatedly gave the “terrorists” an opportunity to get out of Sabah without harm. Nothing in  international law could prevent Malaysia from defending its territory, he added, according to the radio report, monitored via shortwave radio in Digos City.

“We did not want bloodshed, we did not want lives lost but we were attacked and we had to defend ourselves,” he was quoted as further telling supporters.

Najib said earlier that Malaysia will prosecute people who belittle the government’s efforts to curb the violence regardless of their political affiliations.

But the opposition party, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), led by Anwar Ibrahim, said Najib and the dominant political party, the United Malays National Organization (Umno), was only trying to find an excuse to stifle the opposition.

On Friday, the PKR said the crackdown had intensified.

The PKR propaganda organization, Suara Keadilan, supported the statement and reported on its website that police raided its office near Kuala Lumpur.

Suara Keadilan,  which also operates a radio station, said  policemen from Johor Baru had threatened to confiscate its computers because they were allegedly “used to upload” a “seditious” statement issued by PKR vice president Tian Chua that Umno was “behind the Lahad Datu intrusion.”

Suara Keadilan said its staff  prevented the policemen from taking any computer away by telling them to contact lawyer Latheefa Koya before doing so.

The opposition’s information group said the policemen then sought its reporter  who had interviewed Tian over the alleged Umno links to the Sabah crisis.

On Thursday, Tian was  formally charged for his “seditious statement” at the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur.

Tian denied he had accused Umno of plotting the Sabah invasion, as reports had it, supposedly to divert  attention and intimidate Sabahans into supporting the Barisan Nasional, the national political coalition that Umno heads, during the July general elections.

He also denied accusations he had insinuated that Umno politicians had conspired to stage the Sabah “drama” to steer the voters’ attention from the controversial issuance of identity cards to foreigners in Sabah.

Many foreigners, including Filipinos, have acquired Mykad—IDs issued to Malaysian citizens and permanent residents— due to the support of Malaysian politicians, including then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

In a statement published by Suara Keadilan, Tian described the charge as “politically motivated” and added he was ready to face “this slander to clear my name.”

If found guilty, the opposition leader could spend up to three years in jail aside from a maximum fine of RM5,000 (about P65,000). Tian had to shell out RM5,000 for bail as Judge Mohamad Sekeri Mamat would not hand him over to his lawyer on a mere custodial guarantee, Suara Keadilan said.

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  • joshmale2004

    How can the Inernational community believe that you are not doing illegal treatment of civilians in Sabah when in the mainland, you are already doing warrantless arrests on Malaysian oppositions critical of your government. Are you using the current situation to a plan of cancelling your election and declaring Martial Law? Just a thought.

    • corei3sleek

      Ask Kiram and the hands behind all this stupidity.

      • joshmale2004

        Kiram will have his day in court. Being an idiot sultan does not mean that he is responsible for the reported atrocities being done by Malaysian military. Let’s call a spade a spade. whoever is responsible should face and explain the matter. Kirams’ invasion of Sabah is a different matter to the maltreatment being done to civilians by the same military hunting Kiram.

    • Sepilok

      actually the rumor mills are going full bore over this – not the Martial law, but why the invasion now, etc.

  • Alexalbert Mistisma

    The biggest mistakes on MALAYSIAN Judgement.

    Peace was reachable but u dont negotiate.

    Malaysians killed 61+ Filipinos…

    These are the brothers of the 100M Filipinos…

    Now, Keep killing and u make them sooner will feel more the pain of your killing spree.

    • SolidMolid

      What is Kiram’s men, all Phillipine’s citizen and armed, doing in Lahad Datu, a Malaysian land, and coming in without passports? They are coming in peace is it?

      Kiram said no negotiation, no surrender, no nothing. And you expect Malaysia to welcome these braggard pirates do you?

      And now you’re asking your fellow countrymen for support and incite them to help Kiram’s men. Do you realise that you’re inciting war with Malaysia? That is a serious misdemeanor in your country.

      What if your government agrees with you. Wouldn’t that now becomes a declaration of war by your country? Be careful with what you wished, for it may eventually become a reality!

      • Jun Canada

        What Sabah is Malaysian Land? Malaysian land thieves are paying up to the present rental/padjak to the Sultanate of Sulu..

        SolidMolid your a FOOL and STUPID
        Padjak=RENTAL…… You Dumb fool idiot moron

      • SolidMolid


        Anyway current events has overtaken the piece of paper Kiram is holding. This is because ICJ and UN has confirmed and affirmed the sovereignty of Malaysia over Sabah. The latest confirmation and affirmation is in 2002.

        Your’re still living in the 17th century. Kiram’s paper is now worthless. Come down to reality. Together we can work to prosper Malaysian Sabah and Phillipine Mindanao.

        If your government now declares that Sabah is part of the Philippines, then that is tantamount to a declaration of war. Malaysia has the right to defend her sovereignty and call upon its treaty partners to help defend its territory.

      • Jun Canada

        Solid fool can own what he is leasing… Ha Ha Ha Idiot moron

        Calling your treaty partners to defend against a handful of ragtag Tausug Warriors.. I understand that besides you need them coz your soldier don’t die with bullet in firefight he died in vehicular accident .ha ha.

        PS Malaysian Army Good in Shooting unarmed civillians

      • SolidMolid

        Whatever you say reflects your state of mind.

        If you read and digest carefully what I’d written you’d responded differently. When emotion and pride come into the picture, your state of mind becomes clouded.

        Arising from this, I now salute you for having BIG balls, and continue living in the 17th century.

      • Jun Canada

        What … I’m leaving in North America a modern and Democratic Nation..

        SolidFool your leaving in an INTOLERANT nation in the Information Age

      • SolidMolid

        Jun Canada said: “What … I’m leaving in North America a modern and Democratic Nation..

        SolidFool your leaving in an INTOLERANT nation in the Information Age”

        The Canadian officer who processed your papers must be drunk at work. You were also drunk at the immigration counter too, in fact you’re always drunk 24/7.

        The word is “LIVING”, not “leaving” !

        When you mentioned “leaving” once, I could accept it as a typo, BUT when you repeated “leaving” again, that confirms that you’re an alcoholic. Alcoholic’s brains are always foggy 24/7.

      • windhawl

        sabah was leased not ceased as claimed by Malaysian PM. the same contract claims that it can be transferred to another nation, that is why Malaysia pays the Kiram rent.
        ICJ hasnt ruled upon the Philippines claim to sabah, and the self-determination can be questioned, remember not all of Sabah can be claimed by the kirams, since they only own part of it.

      • SolidMolid

        So now the goal post has changed and moved elsewhere.

        To my knowledge, and everyone else, Kiram said he owned all of Sabah, now you said (not he said) he claimed only part of Sabah! Next you will say he only claims his balls his bigger than Malaysia, that is why his bandits are now in Lahad Datu!

        When new FACTS are provided, and these FACTS are inconvenient to you Filipinos, you moved the goal post, and changed the rules. Where are your balls, man..

      • windhawl

        if the UN no longer recognizes documents since the 17th century or earlier then would it be just to say that British colony in Canada or Australia is unjust or against international laws?

        if your leaving in North America a modern and democratic nation, then can you recall when did the citizen conducted the self-determination to become the country they are now.

        i can sense that since probably your in living in a modern democratic country then all those who are leasing a parcel of land are automatically the owner.

        the 17th century document also states that it can be transferred to another nation with the blessing of british monarchy. the self-determination done during the 1960’s is just the method chosen to which country will next lease north borneo, but it also says that the british doesn’t have the power to transfer sovereignty since its not theirs to begin with..

  • Mamang Pulis

    I would relish the sight of najib being caned for the war atrocities he committed and hanged for the Murder of Shaariibuugiin Altantuyaa.

  • avmphil

    The architects for all this Sabah problem stems from Tun Abdul Razak, followed by a carefully crafted strategy by Mahathir Mohd. During the latter’s tenure, all opposition was suppressed with serious consequences. Even the duly elected Joseph Pirin Kitangan was removed and the original Sabah constitution was amended to grant sweeping powers from Putrajaya, thus the fundamental rights of the Kadazandusun peoples were denied.

    To keep a balance of the states demography, Mahathir invited thousands of undocumented Muslim Filipinos.A similar invite for thousands of Bangladeshis which turned sour. Its must also be noted from the very beginning there was conclusive opposition from North Borneo to merge into the new Malaysia with a new state called “Kalimantan Utara” but this was crushed with aid of the British. It’s a fact the peoples of Sabah today is a nation without a “true blooded” leader, but are a subservient lot to the lazy Malays in PutraJaya.

  • Jun Canada

    Why don’t he allow UNHRC to check/investigate the status of those rounded up civillians and those civillian caught in the cross fire?

    Is he hiding some evil deeds committed by the Malaysian Army/Police?

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    malayshits land grabbers

  • Hey_Dudes

    There is no need for you to defend what you did to confront these terrorist from Sulu. Our country would have done the same thing except, in our country, once we catch criminals, we jail them. If the price is right, jailers releases them again so they can do more damage. In your case, blasting these terrorist to kingdom come and not be around anymore to harm your countrymen is doing the right thing.

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    dont worry najib razak raja muda create genocide bombs you will see whats happend

  • foreignerph

    The fact that the PDI journalist puts invaders between quotes itself says enough about the standards of objectivity here. In fact, they were invaders. They weren’t on a Sunday picnic, right? This sheds a very doubtful light on the other unconfirmed allegations of Malaysian abuses by the PDI.

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