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Sabah radio: Sultan’s men decimated


DIGOS CITY—Malaysian police claimed on Saturday it had “nearly decimated” armed supporters of the Sultanate of Sulu which recently attempted to reclaim its historical ownership of Sabah.

Speaking over Sabah-based radio, whose broadcast was monitored here, Sabah Police Commissioner Hamza Taib said the operation against “Sulu terrorists,” which entered its 25th day on Saturday, was coming to a close. He said the Sulu gunmen had significantly dropped to less than 10 from more than 200 when the operation began on March 5.

“They were either killed or captured,” Hamza said.

The latest to be killed, according to Hamza, was a “60-year old terrorist” who tried to hack a member of the Malaysian police during a search in Simunul, Semporna district on Thursday.

On the same day, a brief clash also took place in Lahad Datu, he reported.

Hamza said the man’s identity had not been fully established but initial investigation showed he was “the bodyguard and an aide to (another) Sulu terrorist, known as ‘Imam Tua.’”

“Imam Tua” was among those reported killed in the clash that ensued following an alleged ambush by the Sulu forces in Semporna, during which, six policemen were also slain.

The Malaysian government said since the launching of their “Operassi Daulat” (Operation Sovereignty) last month—during which Malaysian Air Force planes dropped bombs on an area in Felda Sahabat while some 5,000 ground forces backed by armored personnel carriers combed the grounds—68 “Sulu terrorists” were killed while 121 people were detained under the Security Offenses Act and Special Measures or Sosma.

“I can’t say that there are no more terrorists. I believe they still exist but their number is small, probably less than 10,” state-run Berita Nasional Malaysia quoted Hamza as telling journalists during an earlier press conference in Lahad Datu.

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Tags: Philippine history , Sabah , Sultanate of Sulu , “Sulu Terrorists”

  • misuari playboy

    vlad vlad vlad ang nk lari pi mana?

  • misuari playboy

    vlad vlad vlad… busy dosing off again?

  • cowan2325

    haha…terrorists? less than 10? these malaysians are crazy…and desperate…your police killed a 60-year old “terrorist”? if we ever see your ugly faces in the philippines…

  • misuari playboy

    Philippines colonialism is robbing the moslems in mindanao and sulu. Moro and tausogs have a duty to call for a UN referendum and gain independence like what Timor Leste did.

    • every.thing

      colonialism? who still has a stupid king reigning a stupid nation?

      you’re funny!

      • Sebastian Archer

        What is your problem with our King?

      • every.thing

        you mean you didn’t notice you have a monkey king reigning a country of orangutans?

        guess not. you’re one of them.

      • Sebastian Archer

        We treasured our Sultans for their ancestral roles in shaping this nation and in this modern time, they still play their roles in ensuring all political parties submit to the laws and order. For the Malays especially, Sultan of each state represents their rich history, culture and basic tenet of being Malay.

      • every.thing

        now tell me who’s living in the 17th century

      • Sebastian Archer

        We are…then what is your problem? He asks money from you?

      • every.thing

        LMFAO. why are you so sensitive about your monkey king? he’s just wearing curtains in formal events. you should find him a better fashion adviser.

      • Sebastian Archer

        Should I be insensitive when someone insulted my King?

      • every.thing

        no. like all racists, you’ll side with your orangutan relatives.

      • Sebastian Archer

        I dare you to go to Thailand and shout the same insult on their King.

      • every.thing

        nah, thailand has a REAL king. they don’t elect kings like stupid malaysia does. what melayus have is a poseur. only orangutans elect kings.

      • Sebastian Archer

        Our culture is very much different from you guys. We prefer mediation instead of confrontation. When the first Sultan was to be elected as our first Supreme King, our past leaders decided that the best way to ensure stability is to rotate the position of the King in every 4 years.

        Even though the Royals Meeting or Mesyuarat Raja2 Melayu proclaims who is the next king by using the word “appointed” but the fact is actually a “rotating system”. The pronouncement of the new King just a protocol because we Malaysians already knew who is the next King once the current Agung reaches it’s due date to pass on the throne for another Sultan to take over.

        This is a clever idea to avoid confrontations either by the States’ Sultans and their subjects because each Sultan entitles to be elected as Malaysia’s King.

        The salutations for the each Sultan and his consort is Your Royal Highness/highnesses and the Supreme King is Your Majesty the King and Queen.

      • every.thing

        you don’t have culture and class. enough said. your royal highness, the monkey king, has spoken. clever my foot, your idea is just to rotate the crown among monkey relatives. who knows, you could be next. buy yourself a datuk title first. you won’t earn that here in these forums.

      • Sebastian Archer

        It is simply not worth it.

      • headhunter

        Hello drug addict

      • every.thing

        ahh, u still wear that black condom on your head?

      • headhunter

        Bro he is high on ganja

      • Guest

        My little explanation on our monarchy system has been deleted by someone. It’s gone.

  • terrorist kirams

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

    • every.thing

      ho-hum. is that all you have to say? you sound like the dhobi waiting for his laundry. shirt = terrorist. soap = terrorist. running water = pity. go najib! boleh!

      • headhunter

        Yes that’s correct. And headhunters are even worst than terrorist, any problem?

      • every.thing

        “worse than”, not “worst than”

      • headhunter

        does it matter in a forum like this?…honestly I am not very sure; I supposed it is worse than when you compare

      • every.thing

        “i suppose it is worse than your comparison”, not “i supposed it is worse than when you compare”.

        master your english first, so you can buy yourself a datuk title and be more convincing with your assertions. otherwise you’ll just be wearing a black condom on your head

      • headhunter

        it’s a conversational discourse, why are you so serious about how accurate my grammar is? Are you really that good in English?…I doubt so, your “i suppose it is worse than your comparison” is wrong grammatically and you had changed the sentence which now has different meaning.

        What is that nonsense about condom?

        I had asked you – why do hate Malaysia so much?

        You are a loser.

      • every.thing

        if the meaning has changed, it is you at fault for not communicating your thoughts properly, loser.

        and what are you and your orangutan friends doing here anyway? i never heard of any directive from the united nations that they’re sending an observer team composed of malaysian midgets; which only means you’re nothing but an umno/bn infiltrator.

        save yourself the trouble. you are not welcome here; or i will expose you as the frauds that you all are.

      • Sebastian Archer

        Wow….I am scared!

      • headhunter

        why are you so full of hate for Malaysia? Have you ever thought about so many Filipinos coming and staying in Malaysia seeking employment? If they hate Malaysia like you do then they would’t have come here. There are so many other countries in the world that you can go to and where you could also be offered with higher wages. I really think you contradict many of your countrymen in that sense.

  • misuari playboy

    BEST KEPT SECRET OF PHILIPPINES COLONIALISM ON MINDANO AND SULU. Moros and Tausogs have valid reasons to vote for Mindanao and Sulu Independence from the Philippines colonialism. Reason: The Philippines government has kept a secret of Mindanao’s nearly 1 billion metric tonne nickel deposits from the Moros. Nickel is a very expensive metal used in mobile phones, medical equipment and power generation. The conniving Philippines government does not want the Moslems of Mindanao to know they are siphoning some 850 billion pesos from the moro people. It is time for all Moros and Tausogs to STOP PHILIPPINES COLONIALISM.

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