Sabah probes ‘revenge’ letter

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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

KOTA KINABALU—Sabah state police have initiated investigations over a letter purportedly written by followers of the sultan of Sulu stating that they would come to the Tambunan district, in Sabah’s interior, on a revenge attack.

Sabah Police Commissioner Hamza Taib said Saturday the police were tracing the source of the letter even though it was believed it had nothing to do with the Sulu intrusion into Lahad Datu district earlier this year.

“We have started our own investigations even though there have been no official police reports,” said Hamza when contacted by telephone.

He said the police did not believe the author of the letter had any links to the Sulu intruders, and had acted of his own accord.

The authenticity of the letter is doubted, he added.

A July 3 letter signed by “Militant Commandos” on behalf of the Sulu sultanate and Kiram family was sent to the Tambunan district officer, police officials and the residents of Tambunan warning that they aimed to start a war in the district in retaliation for the skirmishes in Lahad Datu district’s  Tanduo village by August.

Hamza said police and security forces took all threats seriously and investigated them.

More than 70 people were killed in fighting between followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and Malaysian security forces in March, following the intrusion by a group led by his brother Agbimuddin into Tanduo.

The intruders were driven out of the village in April, and close to 200 people have been charged over the intrusion.

Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Pairin, who is Tambunan assemblyman and Keningau Member of Parliament, urged authorities to investigate the letter despite doubts about its authenticity.

“This is something we cannot just leave alone. We have to take it seriously,” said Pairin, adding that he hoped the police would find the writer of the letter and “take appropriate action against such people.”

On claims that Kiram’s followers were planning to return to Sabah, Hamza said that security forces were in place to head off any threats. while also checking on all reports and rumors.

He said, however, that it was part of the Sulu group’s modus operandi to spread “false propaganda” and create fear among the people. The Star/ANN

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  • joboni96

    tuloy ang laban

    ng sultanata
    ng tausog
    ng bangsa moro
    ng pilipino

    • KarlosRegaza

      Ituloy ang laban!

  • DGuardian

    Mukhang may binabalak na namang hindi maganda ang Malaysia. Ngayon naman ay may inimbento silang sulat na diumano ay sasalakay sa Sabah sa Agosto ang mga sumisimpatiya sa mga Pilipinong nai-massacre nila .Mayroon bang aatake na ini-a-announce pa sa mismong kalaban ang gagawin nila?

    • KarlosRegaza

      Hope this is true!

      Reclaim Sabah now!

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    ibalik nyo ang Sabah sa pinas! yan ang bahagi ng bangsamoro at arm!

  • Jonathan Lim

    Malaysia will present them with artillery rounds and jet fighters’ bombs on their own soil if they dare to enroach into Malaysia’s Sabah.

    .A death of Malaysian soldier will be a cost of 1000 rotten and maggot infested Suluk/Pinoy terrorists corpses.

    • KarlosRegaza

      Scary!!

      • antinutcase

        You personally shouldn’t be scared since you sit safely behind your computer. It is the poor souls that tend to get scammed into invading another country’s territory that should be scared for their lives. It is just very plausible that they might not get another ‘3-weeks-no-question-asked-if-you-walk-away-now’ offer this time around.

  • KarlosRegaza

    To all EDUCATED Malaysians,

    Look up in your high level of education. You know very well that Sabah is owned by the Kirams.

    Speak up and correct your country or just stay silent and be idiott forever.

    • antinutcase

      Difficult to claim ownership of something after you thought it was deemed useless centuries ago and pawned it off thinking you made a smart decision, only to see it being developed successfully by somebody else. And now suddenly you want it back ??? LOL, i am wondering who is the idiot in this case.

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