Kirams say Malaysian security forces killed kin in Sabah


The heirs of the Sultan of Sulu: (seated from left) Rajah Mudah Agbimuddin Kiram, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, Sultan Bantilan Esmail Kiram II and (standing from left) Datu Alianapia Kiram, Datu Phugdal Kiram and Datu Baduruddin Kiram. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo said on Wednesday that an uncle of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III was killed in Sabah by Malaysian security forces on Sunday.

Abraham Idjirani, spokesperson for the sultanate, said the slain Jamjam Salih was 71 to 74 years old and was an ustadz, a religious leader, and he had been living in Semporna town with his family since 1990.

“They (Malaysian authorities) did not know that he was a peaceful and religious man,” Idjirani said by phone.

Idjirani did not say how Salih was killed. Jamalul’s daughter, Princess Jacel Kiram, said Salih was arrested on Sunday and killed.

But there were no reports of arrests or killings involving followers of the Sulu sultan in Sabah on Sunday.

The INQUIRER contacted a Sabah reporter to check the sultanate’s claims about Salih’s killing and was told that Sabah police reported no arrests or killings on that day.

Jacel said she had been talking with her uncle Agbimuddin Kiram and he told her that Salih was arrested in Lahad Datu after the authorities had determined that the ustadz was a relative of the Kirams.

Jacel said, however, that the information about Salih’s arrest and death was unclear.

Agbimuddin alive

The princess said Agbimuddin, whom Malaysian authorities said had abandoned his men and slipped back to southern Philippines, was in Sabah and regularly called to assure the family that he remained safe despite intense police military operations against the followers of the Sulu sultan.

The intrusion of Agbimuddin’s armed group into Sabah on Feb. 9 to press the Sulu sultanate’s claim to the territory has led to the three-week-old fighting between his men and Malaysian security forces.

Sixty-five fighters from Agbimuddin’s group have been killed in the fighting that began on March 1.

Eight policemen and two soldiers have been killed on the Malaysian side.

Jacel blamed the violence on the Malaysian government, saying Agbimuddin’s group did not go to Sabah to fight but to spend their last days in their own homeland.

“We do not want war,” Jacel said, adding that Agbimuddin’s men were shooting back only to defend themselves.

The fighting in Sabah has forced thousands of Filipinos illegally living in the eastern Malaysian territory to leave and return to the Philippines.

Fleeing Sabah

Nearly 4,000 undocumented Filipinos have landed in Mindanao after fleeing Sabah in the past three weeks.

Most of them, however, say they want to go back to Sabah when the crisis is over.

On Monday a boat with 100 undocumented Filipinos landed in Tawi-Tawi, bringing to 3,864 the number of returnees since fighting in Sabah began on March 1.

“I think it’s fair to say it’s big in terms of actual lives involved. But given the total number of Filipinos there that we know, it’s still very manageable,” Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said yesterday.

Soliman said the total number of returnees could be larger.

“We don’t have a good handle of the number. They’re coming in trickles. I’m sure there could be arrivals that we’re not able to monitor,” she said.

Most of the returnees came from Lahad Datu, Sandakan and Semporna and landed in Taganak and Sibutu islands in Tawi-Tawi.

The government has provided P13.4 million worth of food and transportation assistance for the returnees, Soliman said.

Legal aid through Tingting

At the Kirams’ home in Taguig City, senatorial candidate Margarita Cojuangco said she would help the Sulu sultanate provide legal assistance to its followers who had been arrested and facing charges in Sabah.

“We would like to raise funds from a donation of P10 to P100 to help the legal team to help Sultan Kiram,” Cojuangco said.

She said the legal team is composed of private lawyers with their own law firms.

“They have to travel to the different islands of the Philippines. They don’t charge legal fees. The concern of the sultan is we should help them at least to bring justice and to work for human beings,” Cojuangco said.

Jamalul said Cojuangco came to help on his invitation. With reports from TJ Burgonio in Manila and Karlos Manlupig and Allan Nawal, Inquirer Mindanao

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  • PurpleDaisy13

    A recent report says that the Council of Royal Sharifs had earlier this week gathered all the Datus and heirs of the sultanate from Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi and
    together and signed a manifesto detailing their unified stand to
    reclaim Sabah

    This doesn’t look good for Malaysia.

    • misuari playboy

      it’s too early for visit sabah year but tell us their flight number at arrival time anyway ;)

    • VeryDisgusted2

      This is a welcome development.

      Not only this development, but I think Indonesia (of its Aceh province), and Thailand (of its southern province) are beginning to see the pattern also.

      What happened to Mindanao, Aceh, and southern Thailand are offshots of Malaysia’s Mahathir doctrine of Malay supremacy. This doctrine uses racial divide for Malaysia to gain upperhand. Now as an offshot to this doctrine, current Malaysia leaders think, they can gain upperhand and acquire territories in the process if they sponsor terrorists and forment troubles such as in Mindanao, Aceh, and southern Thailand.

      (About Mahathir doctrine, you can google this. This is one of many links:
      scmp (dot) com/article/639129/mahathir-revives-racial-doctrine

    • headhunter

      typical Filipinos talks

    • Noreen Phang

      whatever…who cares wht your council of sharifs says…a datu title can be bought for a few thousand ringgit anyway…hahaha

    • Noreen Phang

      btw try searching sultanate of sulu on the world map…nada…

  • Lansik Mata II

    Where is the document that can show that Brunei ceded parts of modern Sabah to Sulu?

    • tiriring

      where is the document that shows how Brunei acquire the land from descendants of Adam and Eve? Show the proof!

  • misuari playboy

    I have to say that it was really disappointing to see the kiram failed to sent reinforcement to their rag tag terrorists who are being whacked by malaysia warriors in sabah. all the big talk of their fearsome warriors just turned out to be empty hot air.

  • Isaganilla Gella


    • misuari playboy

      no fun living under pilipin

      • misuari playboy

        let’s breakaway from pilipin and build kingdom of sulu, then sultan can live in real palace better than malacanang

  • Noreen Phang

    ”Jacel said she had been talking with her uncle Agbimuddin Kiram and he told her….”

    she’s on the phone now…???

    ”Nearly 4,000 undocumented Filipinos have landed in Mindanao after fleeing Sabah in the past three weeks.
    Most of them, however, say they want to go back to Sabah when the crisis is over.”

    y go back if their human rights had been violated???

    • JustOne Sin

      With ESSCOM in effect, no way can they return to Sabah. Thay have to unlearn their trade craft from being the local bullies to acquiring new skills such as dehusking coconut.

  • terrorist kirams

    pinoy supporting KIRAMS = TERRORIST
    fleeing pinoys = PITY
    go go go CHINA!

  • Noreen Phang

    PH taps Muslim scholars to study Sabah claim

    By Delon Porcalla, The Philippine Star

    Posted at 04/02/2013 7:27 AM | Updated as of 04/02/2013 7:27 AM

    “For his part, acting Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Mujiv Hataman said they were continuously talking with all parties, including Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, to end the standoff.

    Hataman said Kiram’s brother Agbimuddin, who led the incursion in Lahad Datu, had asked him to fetch them after the firefight broke out on March 1.

    “At that time, he wanted to be fetched. But I’m sure those in Taguig would say I wasn’t telling the truth,” Hataman said, referring to the sultan and other family members living in Maharlika Village in Taguig.”


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