Hornbill Unleashed

March 3, 2013

Another police officer killed in gun battle in Semporna


According to Bernama, one police officer is believed to be dead while another was injured. However, this has yet to be confirmed.Malaysian security forces came under attack and were involved in another firefight, this time with armed men in Semporna, about 150km from Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu, Sabah.

It is learnt that the gunmen had planned to attack Lahad Datu police station, said the national news agency.

Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar (left) when contacted byBernama confirmed the incident but refused further comment.


However, another Bernama report said two police officers were injured after being ambushed and shot at by unidentified suspects.

Unlike its earlier report, it did not mention any death.

Bernama quoted Sabah police commissioner Hamza Taib saying the two were among 40 police officers involved in an operation which began at 4pm, before they were shot by the suspects at about 7pm.

The police team was part of an operation to detect the individuals involved in the shooting incident in Kampung Sri Jaya Siminul, Semporna this evening.

“However, I don’t think this has anything to do with the intrusion issue in Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu,” he told reporters.

Hamza (right) also denied that the Semporna police headquarters was attacked, but insisted that the situation in Semporna was under control and no curfew was declared.

He said no arrest was made so far and the case was being investigated.


Unknown number of gunmen

Meanwhile, in Kuala Lumpur, Ismail Omar, in the PDRM social website, confirmed the shooting incident in Kampung Sri Jaya
Siminul, Semporna.

He said the incident followed the inspection carried out by the police on premises there.

“Police, however, have yet to ascertain the actual number of those involved in the incident. It is believed that the number is not more than 10,” he said.

Semporna is a coastal town notable for being a stopover site for tourist heading to Sipadan Island, a world-renowned dive site.

Yesterday, two VAT 69 police commandos, ASP Zulkifli Mamat, 29 and Sergeant Sabarudin Daud, were killed, while three others were injured in a gunfire with the armed intruders in Kampung Tandou.

Twelve of the armed intruders from the Philippines were also killed.

The Filipinos, who are estimated to number between 100 and 300, sailed from their remote islands to press Sulu sultan Jamalul Kiram III’s claim to Sabah.



  1. Our Police and Armies should not fight our enemies and die in vain due to Mahathir’s project IC and Umno’s many years of support for the MNLF in southern Philippines. The Police and Armies must vote out UMNO in GE13.

    Comment by Raymond Wong — March 4, 2013 @ 5:20 PM | Reply

  2. It’s mageran again,so Sabah is out of the equation,you can’t loose seat that are not contested, that you’ve already lost…Kapish!!!Ouch!! but true.

    Comment by Lok1 — March 4, 2013 @ 7:04 AM | Reply

  3. MCA minister ng yen yen says, it is still safe to tour sabah, no problem lah, please go ahead

    Comment by Angry Anak Sabah — March 3, 2013 @ 7:09 PM | Reply

    • I will send a free one-way ticket for her and family members + free accommodation + free sight-seeing, in Lahad Datu & Semporna

      Comment by tigeryk — March 4, 2013 @ 6:05 AM | Reply

  4. How many police were deployed to capture(or are we still negotiating) the armed militant invaders from Sulu? I remember the police deployed 10,000 police to suppress Malaysians who were not armed at all and the only weapons they brought with them were their Malaysian spirit and courage.

    Comment by Irene Kana — March 3, 2013 @ 1:12 PM | Reply

    • Firstly, my condolences to the families of the two innocence commanders killed and I pray the injured with recover soon by those Sulu intruders from the weapons supplied by our BN’s Gov’t.” We reap what we sow,” is a very appropriate saying.The SATAN and its DEVILS years of arming these insurgents are now coming to hunt Malaysia.VOTERS AND PAKATAN RAKYAT PLEASE STAY UNITED TO GET RID OF THE SATAN AND DEVILS BY WAY OF ABU/BN,SO THAT OUR NATION WILL HAVE A NEW ERA.

      Comment by Sufiah — March 3, 2013 @ 2:11 PM | Reply

    • ….to suppress Malaysians in Bersih 3.0

      Comment by Irene Kana — March 3, 2013 @ 2:11 PM | Reply

    • Bodhland … truly bodoh … outsiders can simply come in and kill people, and we dare not exercise our rights to kill in defense.

      Only good in talking kok and bullying innocent / peaceful demo

      Comment by tigeryk — March 3, 2013 @ 3:15 PM | Reply

    • This the time , the kris of Hisammudin should wave and the silat of Ibrahim Ali should be used to chase out the intruders?

      Comment by Angry Anak Sabah — March 3, 2013 @ 5:09 PM | Reply

  5. Auntie Yen Yen should go for a holiday in Sabah, especially spend more time in Lahad Datu and Semporna

    Comment by tigeryk — March 3, 2013 @ 1:10 PM | Reply

    • She can shout ‘Are you ready for BN’ there.

      Comment by Amy — March 3, 2013 @ 1:55 PM | Reply

  6. They were very brave when dealing with peaceful demonstration … truck-loads of army personnel + FRU + gangsters + tear-gas, etc

    2 dead more to come … still no sign of soldiers and armored vehicles, like what they did when handling peaceful demo … WTF

    Comment by tigeryk — March 3, 2013 @ 12:22 PM | Reply

  7. “However, I don’t think this has anything to do with the intrusion issue in Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu,”

    How can this be not connected to the intrusion in Kpg Tanduo? To me, its ascalating now….they maybe not the same group from Kpg Tandau but sleepers taking arms in revenge and who knows how many arms filipino’s been in Sabah now….this is juts the tip of the iceberg.

    Comment by Rod — March 3, 2013 @ 10:29 AM | Reply

  8. Najib an Hisham please answer these questions:

    1) How did the Sulu gunmen get past our border? Was it failure of our Navy?

    2) How did the two commandos die? What were their standing orders? What were the tactics and mission objective? Where were they? Who gave the order?

    3) Why did the siege/standoff persist so long? Does it have anything to do with BN being afraid to lose votes from the Sulu people who have been given ICs (identity cards)?

    4) Are they going to take pro-active measures to ensure there is no escalation of violence in Sabah?

    5) How can the Sulu inruders got killed if Hisham claimed that Malaysian side did not open fire?

    Comment by Julian Ang — March 3, 2013 @ 10:10 AM | Reply

  9. The objective to control Sabahans with “manipulative power” by the isssuance of ICs to foreigners and thereafter won an election has backfired. Mamakutty thought it was a smart move. But then the “Sultan of Sulu” is smarter. The “Sultan of Sulu” has longterm strategy. By populating Sabah with his people ………………………..

    Comment by edward, m — March 3, 2013 @ 9:32 AM | Reply

    • I trully believe what your comments are….its a longterm strategy..by pouring his people into sabah..only just a simple script to awaken those who are already in here..

      Comment by zack — March 3, 2013 @ 11:14 AM | Reply

      • Just imagine what 800,000 “manufactured” Sabahans could do to the State! Say 80% are from Sulu i.e. 640,000 potentially ready to be armed or already armed Sulus/Moros. That is 1/4 the population of Sabah, sympathizers to Sulu Sultanate.. What’s the number of Malaysian Army? Is our Army out-numbers?

        Comment by edward, m — March 3, 2013 @ 8:12 PM | Reply

  10. The minister of defense must resign. We do not want excuses. The buck ends with the PM as well. Prove to the nation that the astronomical defense spending is not in vain. The incident also revealed that our military and police intelligency had been too engrossed with dirty politics and were caught napping. We want full accountability from the UMNO controlled BN government.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — March 3, 2013 @ 8:30 AM | Reply

    • In the event hostilities break out, the “legalised” and illegal filipino immigrants in Sabah will be the fifth column supporting their countrymen. Hence the Government needs to go slow to avoid such eventualities. The Government did not learn from the Indonesian confrontations where the Indonesians in Malaysia supported their home country with intelligence and sabotage of installations.

      The treasonous acts of ( you know who ) granting citizenship to the filipino illegals should be held accountable for undermining the security of the country.

      Comment by Syed — March 3, 2013 @ 8:56 AM | Reply

      • Send the Kerala devil to be killed by the intruders … and leave the body there to rot … this is karma

        Comment by tigeryk — March 3, 2013 @ 3:35 PM | Reply

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