Hornbill Unleashed

April 9, 2013

Pakatan’s missed opportunity with Hindraf

Kua Kia Soong

By failing to compromise on the Hindraf blueprint, Pakatan has wasted an excellent chance to overthrow the BN rule.

I attended one of Hindraf’s dinners a few weeks ago at which they explained their blueprint for the 13GE.

After the presentation, I posed the hypothetical question which seemed like quite a likely scenario: “What if the BN embraces your blueprint? What then?”

Waythamoorthy’s reply was clear: “We would rather Pakatan accepts our blueprint after all we have gone through under BN since Independence…” or words to that effect. (more…)

March 26, 2013

Flag rank officers – cat’s-paw for whom?

S Thayaparan

This is a long tough road we have to travel. The men that can do things are going to be sought out just as surely as the sun rises in the morning. Fake reputations, habits of glib and clever speech, and glittering surface performance are going to be discovered.

– Dwight D Eisenhower

We are told that as Malaysians we need to put up a unified front when it comes to the incursion in Lahad Datu.

We are told that as Malaysians we need to have faith in the security apparatus of our country. (more…)

Why did you keep quiet, why didn’t you stop it – Ambiga slams Hisham over “KILL TIAN CHUA”

Why did you keep quiet, why didn't you stop it - Ambiga slams Hisham over "KILL TIAN CHUA"

Malaysia Chronicle

BERSIH co-chairman Ambiga Sreenevasan slammed Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein for not chastising a crowd of mostly Umno youths who had called for an Opposition politician Tian Chua to be killed.

“I saw the article where the Home Minister was speaking in Gombak and where the audience retorted ‘Kill Tian Chua’ and I think it is one of the most shocking things I have seen. And what should the Home Minister have done when those comments were made? Did he keep quiet? Clearly he had kept quiet. He should have put a stop to it immediately,” Ambiga said at a political briefing organized by Tan Kee Kwong, the PKR candidate for the Wangsa Maju constituency, on Sunday night. (more…)

March 25, 2013

Police: GE13 can be held despite Ops Daulat


The general election can still be held without fear of trouble despite the on-going Ops Daulat in the Tanjung Labian area near Lahad Datu, Deputy Inspector General of Polcie Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

He said the public should not be unduly worried and the electoral process can continue if the general election is called anytime soon.

“There is no problem, the displaced villagers who have been placed in temporary shelters can still come out and vote,” he told reporters when asked if elections could be held in view of the security concerns in Lahad Datu and Semporna. (more…)

March 16, 2013

Umno is AFRAID 13th GE will reflect fallout from Lahad Datu standoff

Joe FernandezCharging Tian: Umno is AFRAID 13th GE  will reflect fallout from Lahad Datu standoff

It cannot be denied that for various reasons the on-going Lahad Datu Standoff may have an effect on the forthcoming 13th General Election results in Sabah.

The jury is still out on the question of who stands to “gain” most and who stands to “lose” i.e. if the General Election in eastern Sabah is held at the same time as in the rest of the Territory and country.

Judging from former Sabah Chief Minister Harris Salleh’s reported appeal letter this week to Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein Onn, the police are seizing the Malaysian personal documents of Suluks in Semporna and Lahad Datu and tearing them up before their very eyes. Apparently, these documents include IMM13 immigration documents issued to refugees and MyPRs or the red-coloured Permanent Residence Identity Cards. (more…)

March 15, 2013

Expired PM is desperate, fears losing Sabah, other PR leaders incl Anwar next

Malaysia ChronicleTIAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Najib is desperate, fears losing Sabah, other PR leaders incl Anwar next

MP for Batu Tian Chua pleaded not guilty to Sedition charges pressed against him by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government for allegedly linking the ruling Umno party to the Lahad Datu intrusion.

“These are politically-motivated charges and I will clear my name through the court,” Tian said as he made his plea.

His lawyers, Latheefa Koya and N Surendran, minced no words in his defence.Calling the charges a gross abuse of power and the judicial processes, they slammed the Najib administration for putting Umno above the government. (more…)

Sabah natives: We’re losing our lives too

Alyaa Azhar

Media organisations are urged to highlight the misery of indigenous peoples living in the Lahad Datu area.

A group representing Sabah natives has urged the media to highlight the suffering indigenous peoples have to bear as Malaysian forces battle Sulu invaders in the state.

Andrew Ambrose, who leads the Sabah Coalition of Human Rights Organisations (Sacohuro), told reporters today that the presence of security forces in the Lahad Datu area had severely disrupted the lives of locals.

He paid tribute to the soldiers and policemen fighting the invaders and offered his sympathies to the families of the fallen, but said the natives too were losing their lives in a sense. (more…)

March 14, 2013

Tian Chua to be charged under Sedition Act on Thursday: Will Anwar be NEXT?

Tian Chua to be charged under Sedition Act on Thursday: Will Anwar be NEXT?

Maria Begum

MP for Batu Tian Chua will be charged under the Sedition Act for remarks allegedly made in connection to the Lahad Datu intrusion.

“This is a classic case of hypocrisy of the highest order. The Prime Minister himself announced last year the Sedition Act would be repealed and replaced with the National Harmony Act but now with the general election nearby, suddenly the Attorney General seems to have forgotten that,” Latheefa Koya, the legal affairs director for PKR, told Malaysia Chronicle.

It is not yet clear if Tian will be charged for alleged “mati katak”comments or for allegedly linking Umno to the Lahad Datu intrusion. (more…)

When the war drums stop…

Amir Ali

The Sulu invasion of Lahad Datu has severely tested Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s ‘wasatiyah’ or moderation call.

Malaysia has been credited with successfully mediating and resolving some conflicts in the region, like the peace deals signed between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Philippines, and the recently concluded pact between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Manila.

Malaysia has also participated in many other UN peacekeeping initiatives, helping to save lives in many countries. (more…)

March 13, 2013

Lahad Datu conspiracy: Anwar may be arrested soon – Rafizi warns

Malaysia Chronicle

Lahad Datu conspiracy: Anwar may be arrested soon - Rafizi warns

There is mounting fear that Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim might be arrested soon, with Prime Minister Najib Razak and the ruling Umno party charging him for allegedly masterminding the Lahad Datu intrusion.

Members of Anwar’s PKR party fear the worst may happen, based on information received from high-level sources as well as from reading a recent chain of “orchestrated” events they worry are aimed to create hate towards the 64-year-old leader.

A resurgent Anwar is widely expected to form and lead the next federal government, and if he is ‘taken down’, the Opposition’s advance could well be stymied. (more…)

2 soldiers dead – one KIA, another from road mishap

Lee Long Hui

Meanwhile, it was announced late this evening that another soldier died and another injured from a road accident.A Malaysian soldier was killed in an exchange of fire between security forces and members of the self-styled ‘Sulu royal army’ at Sungai Nyamuk in Lahad Datu this morning.

Armed Forces chief Gen Zulkifeli Mohd Zain said the security forces accosted five intruders at 7.45am today when they were mopping up the area around Sungai Nyamuk, near Tanjung Batu. (more…)

Spotlight on alleged abuses of Filipinos as Sulu incursion continues


Filipino Muslims shout slogans during a prayer rally in Taguig, Metro Manila on March 6, 2013. Fleeing Filipinos from Sabah now say that have endured years of torture and sexual abuse while in the state. — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, March 12 — The ongoing armed conflict in Sabah appears to have opened a can of worms for Malaysia as hundreds of Filipino immigrants, now back in their homeland, are recounting horror tales of torture and sexual abuses inflicted for years on their community here.

Bantilan Esmail II, a brother of Sulu “Sultan” Jamalul Kiram III, said the stories did not even surprise him as Malaysian authorities have allegedly been abusing Filipinos in Sabah long before the Sulu incursion began. (more…)

Expired PM Najib blamed for “politicking” & not focusing on Sabah crisis as death toll climbs

FIRST SOLDIER KILLED: Najib blamed for "politicking" & not focusing on Sabah crisis as death toll climbs

Maria Begum

The death of a soldier, the first casualty for the Malaysian army, has dealt a fresh blow to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration, which is already struggling to overcome mounting criticism that the heavy death toll could have been avoided if not for his slow and heavy-handed “mishandling”.

On Tuesday afternoon, Armed Forces chief Zulkifeli Mohd Zin confirmed that Private Mohd Hurairah, who hailed from Kelantan, had been killed at 7.45am during a mopping-up exercise to flush out Sulu militants in the area.

“They had a gun fight with five armed men who then retreated,” Zulkifeli told a press conference about 15km from where the shootings occurred. In the shootout, 3 Sulu gunmen were killed. (more…)

March 12, 2013

How might Malaysians vote in the GE?


Wong Chin Huat

THE Malaysian security forces finally launched a military offensive against Filipino militants who landed on Sabah’s shores on 9 February 2013 to reclaim it for the Sulu Sultanate. Deaths have mounted, with more than 50 Sulu militants and eight Malaysian police personnel killed. But the Barisan Nasional (BN) government initially appeared more interested in negotiating with the armed intruders and downplaying their hostile intentions.

The Nut Graph asks political scientist Dr Wong Chin Huat what to make of the government’s response and what impact it may have on the coming general election.

What are your comments on the BN government’s initial response to the invasion? (more…)

Lahad Datu: BN bungled big-time, but oblivious Najib plays HERO for GE13

Lahad Datu: BN bungled big-time, but oblivious Najib plays HERO for GE13Iskandar Dzulkarnain

Lahad Datu is a backwater town in a remote part of Sabah, Malaysia. Most Malaysians can hardly recall its existence, but today this town is in the international spotlight after a group of some 200 armed militants invaded the area and held the country to ransom.

Most Malaysians have shrugged off the news of the invasion, not even lifting an eyebrow. At the back of their minds, they’d have expected the Military to go in, storm the area and kicked the intruders and their asses back home to oblivion. It should have been yesterday’s news many yesterdays ago. (more…)

Local Suluks: Don’t bring your war to us

Nigel Aw

As security forces battle against the Sulu intruders in Kampung Tanduo, some 15km away – deep within the Malaysian defences – another group of Suluks are gripped by fear and anxiety over their fate.

They are villagers from Kampung Batu-Batu, a mixed community of Suluk and Bajau who earned their living from fishing and farming.

While fears have been raised about the loyalty of local Suluks as their distant cousins mount an incursion on Sabah, the Suluk community here says their loyalty lies with the land they have lived off for the last 40 years, long before the Felda settlers came in. (more…)

March 11, 2013

Family puzzled over arrest of SB officer

FMT Staff

The worried family of Corporal Hassan Ali Basari, detained for being an alleged informant, want the police to either release him or charge him immediately.

The family of one of the security personnel accused of aiding the armed group of Filipinos and detained, Corporal Hassan Ali Basari claims he is being severely abused during interrogation and should be released.

They are concerned about his health and fear he is being denied medical attention.

The family also claimed that Hassan was forced to admit that he had conspired with the armed terrorists, and was being blamed for the deaths of the eight policemen, web news portal The Borneo Insider reported. (more…)

Lahad Datu: Politicians who can’t help should shut up

Francis Paul Siah

DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang is the only Pakatan leader who made my day this week. In my opinion, he is the only politician from the opposition who managed to lift the spirits of Malaysians during this very troubled times in Sabah.

The veteran opposition figure has called on all Malaysians regardless of race, religion, region or political affiliation to fully endorse all necessary measures by the government and the security forces to deal with the Lahad Datu standoff.

Lim (left) also urged all political leaders to stop making baseless allegations during this period of crisis and put national interest above everything else. (more…)

Kiram orders troops to stay, no surrender

MANILA – Agencies

The Sultans’ daughter says the sultan’s followers won’t leave Sabah despite attacks by Malaysian security forces.

The daughter of self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III on Saturday said the followers of the sultan are standing firm on their decision not to surrender even after the foreign affairs department said that laying down their arms is the only way left to prevent further bloodshed in Sabah.

Speaking with radio dzMM, Princess Jaycel said the group of Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram still won’t leave Sabah despite the attacks being launched against them by Malaysian security forces. (more…)

March 10, 2013

Journalists stumble upon gunman in red zone

Nigel Aw

Media personnel stumbled upon a gunman while entering the Tanjung Labian village this morning, located in the “red zone” where security personnel are battling armed intruders.

The group had visited the area thinking it was safe, since the police roadblock some 5km from the village was unmanned.

“Since the guards were not there and we saw villagers on motorcycles coming out, we thought it was safe and went in,” saidStar photographer Normiemie Duin. (more…)

‘Surrender only option for Sulu Sultan’


MANILA: The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says the sultan’s followers must lay down their arms to save lives.

With Malaysia’s rejection of the call for a unilateral ceasefire, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the only option left for Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and his followers is to “lay down their arms” in order to save lives and prevent further bloodshed in Sabah.

“It could be… this would be the last option for the Kirams in order to save nationals in that area and to prevent more bloodshed,” DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez said in a press briefing today. (more…)

March 9, 2013

Another intruder attempting to break cordon killed

Nigel Aw

Another intruder attempting to escape the security forces’s cordon in Lahad Datu this morning was shot dead, says inspector-general of police Ismail Omar.
“At around 6am this morning, one of the intruders attempted to escape from the cordon at Tanjung Batu.

“An exchange of gunfire ensued and security forces managed to shoot him (at around 8am),” he told a press conference at Felda Residence Sahabat this afternoon.

Fresh explosions heard in red zone of ‘Ops Daulat’

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Except for the sound of explosions at 1am and 7.30am, the Lahad Datu area was calm as the ‘Ops Daulat’ offensive to flush out armed Sulu intruders entered its fifth day today.

No clashes were reported between the security forces and the militants, who had holed up in Kampung Tanduo and Kampung Tanjung Batu, 130km from Lahad Datu, since Feb 12.

People were going about their daily activities as usual in this town and Semporna, about 150km from Lahad Datu. (more…)

Caretaker government when House is dissolved, says EC

Kow Gah Chie

The Election Commission has ruled out a caretaker government taking over administering the country from today even though the BN’s five-year term since the March 6, 2008, polls runs out today.

Election Commission deputy chairperson Wan Ahmad Omar said this is because the nation’s convention only allowed a caretaker government to be formed with the dissolution of parliament and the ruling party takes over the role of caretaker government.

Wan Ahmad (centre in photo) was responding to senior lawyer Tommy Thomas who opined that BN would become a caretaker government from today on. (more…)

Lahad Datu debacle: Umno faces the WRATH OF THE WORLD

Lahad Datu debacle: Umno faces the WRATH OF THE WORLD

J. D. Lovrenciear

The Lahad Datu situation raises many questions and leaves some more unanswered. Each day passes with more surprises, confusion and allegations while lives are massacred on both sides.

Meanwhile, what appears most evident is that the BN political party is fighting two battles.

One, it is taking various courses of action in the face of surmounting criticisms, allegations and suspicious curiosity coming in from three vantages. The Philippines, the Malaysian opposition parties, and the Malaysian citizens are expressing surprises, disagreement and criticisms on every action and in-action coming in from the BN leadership as well as the country’s defense leaders. (more…)

March 8, 2013

Kirams just wanted ‘rent’ reviewed

FMT Staff

The Philippine Navy meanwhile today intercepted two boats carrying more than 100 people from Sabah and were heading for Tawi-Tawi.

LAHAD DATU: A dastardly war to reclaim Sabah from Malaysia was not what Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III had planned. What he wanted was to meet top Malaysian officials and “discuss Sabah and propriety rights”.

But the situation had for some reason spiraled out of hand and has left 60 of his followers dead todate and bodies of Malaysian securities forces allegedly mutilated.

Autonomous Muslim Mindanao’s acting governor Mujiv Hataman said today that the Kiram clan had expressed no indication of wanting to reclaim Sabah during their meeting on Feb 18, days after the intrusion made it to the news. (more…)

Who are the dogs of war in Sabah?

Keruah Usit

War, like football, is politics taken to extremes. The bloodshed in eastern Sabah was caused by two factors: Umno’s outdated racial politics and Filipino politics in the form of decades of Manila’s neglect of the Muslim south.

Therefore, a resolution can only be found politically, as a Malaysiakini writer has pointed out.

The Tausug or Sulu claim to Sabah has fanned patriotic rage among unquestioning Malaysians and Filipinos. But the intention of the self-styled Royal Sulu Army, essentially a few boatloads of bandits, cannot conceivably be to claim Sabah by force. (more…)

Taking 1 bullet for 1Malaysia

RK Anand

Malaysians, regardless of colour and creed, love Malaysia. This is home and on its walls, are etched the memories of our lives and that of our loved ones.

The soldiers huddled in the trenches as the mortar shells exploded all around them, uprooting trees and sending chunks of earth into the air, which fell back to the ground like droplets of rain.

In one trench, three frightened men embraced each other, wondering if this heralded the end. Then came the order to advance, the three were stunned. It was suicidal. (more…)

‘This time we exercised maximum restraint’

Luke Rintod

A Sabah native organisation calling itself Panas has warned rogue groups to rethink any plans to destabilise Sabah.

A local native party here said that genuine Sabahan natives were disturbed and angry over the incursions by the alleged Royal Sulu Army and the subsequent unnecessary bloodshed.

Warning future rogue groups to rethink their strategies, Sabah Native Cultural and Welfare Organisation (Panas) said natives will not compromise the peace and security of the state. (more…)

What role did the Scorpene subs play?

K Pragalath

Suaram director Kua Kia Soong questions the strategy used against the Sulu intruders in Lahad Datu.

Suaram director Kua Kia Soong has questioned the strategy used by the armed forces in Lahad Datu.

“What role did the Scorpene submarines play in the Lahad Datu crisis?

“Is it wise to use jet fighters like the Hornets against a motley group of 250 Sulu men in a 4km radius? Shouldn’t we be using helicopters such as the Apache instead? (more…)

Military action against Sabah invaders may boost BN support in GE13


Police search two detained men when they were coming out from Tanjung Labian, a village adjacent to Kampung Tanduo in Sabah, on March 6, 2013 during mopping up operations after troops stormed the camp of the armed Filipino group on Tuesday. — Reuters pic

Putrajaya’s all-out strike on Tuesday to flush out Sulu militants entrenched in Sabah’s east coast may help the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition hold on to power in Election 2013, several political observers say.

But the military’s air and ground assaults, 24 days after a 200-strong group of armed Filipinos invaded the north Borneo state — long regarded a BN safe deposit — could also swing the other way, depending on the government’s follow-up response, two academics told TMI. (more…)

Najib owes the rakyat answers

Jeswan Kaur

Lives have been lost in Lahad Datu all because the prime minister failed to uphold his responsibility of keeping the country and its people safe and secure.

After eight policemen died at the hands of intruders in Lahad Datu, the prime minister has come to his senses and declared that he has to defend Malaysia’s dignity and sovereignty.

This knee-jerk reaction from Najib Tun Razak in an attempt to do some damage-control has not appeased the rakyat; it has instead raised their hackles. (more…)

March 7, 2013

Security forces kill Sulu ‘general’, 31 others

Nigel Aw

Malaysian security forces killed 31 Sulu intruders yesterday including their ‘general’ in a firefight in Tanjung Batu last night, said inspector-general of police Ismail Omar.

“We received reports from the ground commander confirming that 31 enemies have been shot and believed killed…

“Of the 31, we believe we have also killed their leader who is ranked ‘general’,” he told a press conference in Sahabat Felda Residence, Lahad Datu.

There were no reports of casualties for Malaysian security forces in this round of engagements. (more…)

Safety and security of the people is now of the utmost importance

Hussaini Abdul Karim

In my mind, the Kampong Tanduo, Lahad Datu Sabah incident was just a ‘montage’ and the bigger picture is more about the fate of Sabah and its people.

The question that has been lingering on my mind since I first read the report about the intruders is: “Will it remain status quo or will there be a change?”

The Malaysian Armed Forces has finally demonstrated their prowess and using fighter jets, tanks and artillery they acted to end the standoff after almost two weeks. All the dead from both sides have all been respectfully buried and hopefully, the welfare of their immediate family members that they left behind are taken care of. Those injured are being treated and I hope all parties concerned have learned a valuable lesson from the tragedy. All efforts must now be taken to prevent a repeat of such a tragedy. (more…)

Lahad Datu: Is there a solution?

Vidal Yudin Weil

By bringing the battles right to the heart of our towns, they have nothing to lose; but not us, our terrified civilians will become refugees and our developments devastated.

This is a requested sequel to my previous article titled “To whom does Sabah belong?” which attracted a high number of responses and shares in cyber space and triggering a unique volume of debate among netizens.

In the current piece, I will unmask the mindset of most Malaysian commentators before imparting more of my findings about the Lahad Datu debacle. (more…)

‘Missed’ targets, unpaid ‘settlements’

FMT Staff

While claims of today’s airstrikes in Lahad Datu were ‘llegal’, a Kiram family member spoke of a Malaysian government approved ‘settlement’ stuck in a ‘bank’ in Malaysia.

Even as the Philippine media reported that this morning’s airstrikes “missed” their targets – which was the forces of Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram – in Kampung Tandao and neighbouring villages, a Manila senator urged his government to protect its citizens in Sabah.

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr said the legality of the Kirams’ claim on Sabah was second to the fact that the people under attack were Filipinos. (more…)

Sultan harassed both in Sabah and Manila

Federico D. Pascual Jr

What the ailing Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and his followers want is a president who has it in his heart to embrace them as their protector, not one who publicly castigates them and leaves them to the mercy of a neighbour pretending to be friend and peace broker.

This is my reading of the 74-year-old Sulu sultan grieving for his followers who had gone to their ancestral home in Sabah only to be massacred by forces of Malaysia, which is just renting for a pittance the resources-rich land of the sultanate.

Here is a situation where the property owner is barred by the tenant and threatened with violence. To his dismay, the owner is then scolded by the President who, by all indications, happens to be a great friend of the tenant. (more…)

Can Nazri pledge a peaceful transition, asks Anwar


While a “gentlemanly” thing to say, de facto law minister Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz may not have the mandate to assure a peaceful transition of power by BN should the opposition alliance win in the coming general election, said opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

“We are very heartened and encouraged by Nazri’s categorical assurance yesterday that should BN lose the mandate of the people, the coalition would step down and peacefully hand over power.

“However, my only worry is whether Nazri has the mandate to give us that assurance,” the de facto PKR leader said when speaking at an international conference on the 13th general election, in Kuala Lumpur today. (more…)

Philippine intrigue could be behind Sulu incursion, say sources


Aquino speaks during a news conference on the Sabah invasion, at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila February 26, 2013. — Reuters pic

A bid to undermine Philippine President Benigno Aquino in the republic’s midterm elections in May and control the bicameral legislature is said to be a reason for the Sulu Sultanate’s incursion of Sabah, say sources.

The Malaysian Insider understands Philippine politicians want to put pressure on Aquino ahead of the 2016 presidential elections to get a pardon for his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who is under house arrest for electoral sabotage. (more…)

Military rank confusion in partisan times

S Thayaparan

There were many, many times thereafter that Don regretted having enlisted – but so has every man who ever volunteered for military service.” 

– Robert A Heinlein (Between Planets)

The most tragic of duties an officer has is delivering the news of death to the next of kin. This is something I had to do one cold Penang dawn many years ago. Loved ones always know when you turn up at their doorstep. They always know.

My condolences go out to the families of those fallen commandos in Lahad Datu. There will be plenty of time and opportunity for politics to take its unhealthy hold on this matter during the campaign period of this election (and no doubt even I will participate) but for now, I would suggest a moment of reflection. The situation in Sabah is a question of chickens coming home to roost, but this is an issue for another article. Indeed, a gathering storm looms on the Eastern sea board of Sabah. (more…)

March 6, 2013

More Sulu gunmen killed in another shooting, says IGP


More Sulu militants have died in a gunfight with security forces here this afternoon, Tan Sri Ismail Omar said today, without specifying the number.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) (picture) also said that the security forces were expanding their search operations from Kampung Tanduo to Kampung Tanjung Batu.

“At 4.15pm, there were shoot-outs at three locations in the (Tanjung Batu) village,” Ismail told reporters here today.

“We believe there were some enemies who fell, but we can’t verify the number at this time,” he added. (more…)

Four suspected militants arrested in Semporna

Lee Long Hui

Four men have been arrested in Semporna on suspicion of being militants, but there is as yet no information as to whether they have links to the self-styled Royal Sulu Army.

The arrest took place about noon at a house near the Sri Wangsa army camp at Jalan Lapangan Terbang,  about 3km from Semporna town.

According to a police officer, the operation was conducted by a strike team from the Sabah police headquarters after a tip-off was received.

The officer, who declined to be named, told journalists that the men are suspected to be illegal immigrants from the Philippines, and that one of them also had drugs in his possession. (more…)

13 Sulu gunmen confirmed killed, says Mindef


Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi with a picture showing the bodies of Filipino militants found after the airstrikes. – Photo by Saw Siow Feng

Thirteen bodies of Filipino militants have been found after the authorities launched air strikes at the 200-strong Sulu group hiding in a village here yesterday, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

The defence minister showed the media two pictures of several corpses dressed in dark blue, lying facedown in a heap of dirt, saying that copies of the pictures would be distributed to the press later. (more…)

Rumour mill grinding down troop morale, experts say


Policemen man their base near Lahad Datu, February 17, 2013.

The spread of false reports and rumours through the new media on the fight against Sulu intruders in Sabah could cause adverse effects such as creating a negative perception that could disrupt operations.

In fact, they could result in reverse psychological effect that could aggravate the situation and dampen the morale of the security forces, said experts.

Independent criminologist Datuk Akhbar Satar, when contacted, said the dissemination of false information on social media sites could affect the country’s image and the people should let the authorities do their job. (more…)

‘Princess’ claims Kiram group alive, would free 4 Malaysian hostages


Self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III (seated, right) and his followers display placards in front of Blue Mosque in Maharlika village, near Manila, March 1, 2013.

Rebel leader Agbimuddin Kiram and his band of militants have survived Malaysia’s aerial assault and “mop-up” operations, Sulu “princess” Jacel Kiram claimed this morning on national television in the Philippines.

The daughter of the elderly Jamalul Kiram, one of the nine claimants to the Sulu Sultanate, said her uncle was willing to release the four Malaysian hostages they claim to be holding captive, but wanted to do so in front of the international media and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Committee to prove they were unharmed (more…)

Sulu intrusion into Sabah: Malaysians’ right to know


The sudden, surprising and shocking Sulu intrusion into Sabah over the past few weeks has been extremely disturbing to the people of of the state and the rest of Malaysia.

It is obviously a cause for grave concern to Malaysians as it constitutes a serious breach of our national borders.

It is even more worrying as this conflict has brought about the unfortunate deaths of a number of members of the security forces in their honourable endeavour to defend the nation and protect its people. (more…)

Intruders use history to make history

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.Farish A. Noor

COMPLICATED: It’s a dangerous path to follow when groups make claims to territories based on centuries-old claims

THE stand-off in Lahad Datu has reached a violent peak and is not over yet. From day one, we were confronted with a complicated situation to handle, for this was not an attack by another country, but rather an intrusion into the territory of one country by citizens of another, who argued that they had a historical basis to justify their actions.

For academics, this aspect of the event was the most complex, namely the way in which history has been brought into play by those who claim that they have a right to Sabah. (more…)

Two time-bombs in Sabah

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Lim Mun Fah

The deadly clashes in Sabah after the intrusion of a Sulu army took place at the most sensitive period when the country is counting down to the general election. Inevitably, it has triggered all kinds of speculation while showing us how some netizens simply comment and criticise in this Internet age.

Many people do not know the history of Sabah and have no idea about the gunmen claiming to be the Royal Army of the Sulu Sultanate, let alone the army’s historical grievances with the Brunei Sultanate, Spain and the British colonial government. They just simply commented and criticised. (more…)

March 5, 2013

Army begins mopping-up operation

FMT Staff

According to residents living close by, they heard the sound of jets just before the explosions.

Malaysian forces are reportedly conducting a mopping-up operation after they launched a dawn assault on the armed group of Filipinos who killed eight policemen over the weekend.

The assault at Kampung Tanduo was preceded by the sound of bombs exploding and the sound of jets roaring overhead. (more…)

Report: Total defeat for Sulu group in Sabah dawn attack


Villagers carry the body of a dead gunmen that was killed on Saturday for removal at Simunul village in Sabah’s Semporna district March 4, 2013. – Reuters picture

The armed Sulu intruders who had been in Sabah for over three weeks suffered a total defeat in an attack by the Malaysian army early this morning, the Star Online reported today, citing police sources.

“The Sulu armed group was totally routed by Malaysian security forces’ overwhelming firepower unleashed at 7am Tuesday (today), police sources said,” the news portal said.

No Malaysians were killed in the attack but the numbers of those who had died or were wounded among the Filipino militants was unknown, the Inspector-General of Police said at a 11.30am media briefing today, the news portal reported. (more…)

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