This is what happens when we get involved in business that is not ours, the Malaysian government during the days of Tun Mustapha had got involved together with Libya's Gadaffi in the Moro problem. All the negotiations, all the secret dealings with the Moro rebels, the illegal Identity cards issued by Mahathir and the rest have led to this situation.
What was a Philippino situation should have been left to the Philippines to resolve by themselves we should have not courted this trouble, now with two submarines at our disposal, billions of ringgit of weapons we seem to be afraid, this government is only happy beating up itss own people and treating them like enemies, whilst it pacifies invaders..
The Philippine star reports that President now believes this is an attempt to sabotage the peace deal between the Philippine government and the Moro rebels of Southern Philippines brokered by the Malaysian Government for which the Malaysian Government took all the credit. Is the deal souring??
Latest reports indicate that the Philippines navy is to send a frigate to be stationed just outside Lahad Datu and whether it will be in Malaysian or Philippine waters has not been revealed, it is hoped the authorities will be able to coax thse gunmen to give up their illegal and unwarranted action.
Philippine observers have been indicating that this incursion was to wage a guerrilla war in Sabah, taking a cue from the successful guerrilla war that Fidel Castro waged in Cuba against the forces of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, hoping the Sabahans of Tasug origin would join them.
Most f Sabah's illegal's are from the Tasug's, these people come from islands only an hour away from Sabah and some of them could have relatives amongst these "soldiers of the Royal Sulu Army."
Others feel that the Sultan is trying to attract international attention, which has met with a considerable degree of success if true , Al Jazeera, CNN and even BBC have carried the news, the Sultan has made a plea to the US, an many people in the Philippines are now beginning to believe that this case can be taken to the International Court of Justice or the bargaining table.
The Philippine government has called for a peaceful solution to the standoff. Both sides are now in a flurry of negotiations with the leaders of the, "Royal Sulu Army" who refuse to leave, saying that they should not be expelled as Sabah is part of the Sultanate of Sulu.
The Malaysian government of Najib Tun Razak has already unwittingly gone to the bargaining table by negotiating with these insurgents, they have begun the ball rolling, they have no clue what dangerous precedent they have set.
The Philippine's claim to Sabah was dropped in 1976 by president Ferdinand Marcos at the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur,there should be no more talk of rights in Sabah there can be none, the government should have bombed these intruders out of Malaysian territory and not "negotiate."
It's a case of Najib and his C4 being used for the wrong reasons.
These "negotiations" will have adverse effects on what will follow in the region in the future, this kind of behaviour on the part of the Malaysian Government is only going to encourage continued incursions of this kind and that can be extremely dangerous.
This will lead to skirmishes between the two sides and will attract foreign pressure to really negotiate with Sulu, the claim has been resurrected by Najib and his not so intelligent cousin the minister of home affairs whilst the puppet called the Minister of defence was sleeping. There shoudl be no negotiations, it is not too late, these intruders shoudl be forcefully disarmed, and caught and tried in accordance to Malaysian laws, neither they nor their claims shoudl ever be recognized.
The people of Sabah are watching anxiously there are two sides in Sabah now and the situation is getting more volatile by the day, whilst this government is "negotiating" behind closed doors.
Some sources in Sabah say that the government has given most of the Tasug identity cards to enable them to vote in this elections, this is seen as a move to get their full support "100 percent," because this government is confident with that numbers they will win the support of the Philippine illegals' whom thy have "legitimised" for purposes of the elections and win Sabah illlegally.
The people of Sabah have a reason to go to the UN too now to seek redress for the actions of the Najib and UMNO led BN government
The registration programme some say is still going on in Sabah and Najib is full aware of what is happening, the whole incident must have been foolishly staged by the BN to win support of the illegals they have given identity cards to the Tasug.
It looks lie the Sultan of Sulu has taken advantage of what is happening in this country to press for his claim and it also looks like he is willing to go to any lengths to do that.
The whole fiasco is the creation of UMNO and this BN led government, Mahahtir Mohammed had a huge role here, now ask is it worth voting this stupid UMNO led BN government again?
“I believe we are right [and] this place belongs to us. We will stay,” he added.
Even if the Philippine government has sent a vessel to bring the group home, Raja Muda insisted that the sultanate’s “Royal Security Force” would not leave Tanduao village in Lahad Datu town “until the issue is resolved.”
The group occupied Tanduao village last February 9 and has resisted efforts of Malaysian authorities to drive them away from the area.
The Department of Foreign Affairs, in a recent statement, said that the government has sent a humanitarian ship from Tawi-Tawi to fetch the members of the Sultanate from the town of Lahad Datu.
The vessel is expected to arrive in Sabah Monday afternoon.
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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