Hornbill Unleashed

November 18, 2013

Disaster at our doorstep

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Bob Teoh

The Philippines is our close neighbour yet we are seemingly unaware that an unprecedented disaster has just swept through there leaving countless dead and millions devastated.

The Philippines is so close to us that its southern most islands are just a boat ride away from the east side Sabah. It takes just less than two hours to fly from Kota Kinabalu to Manila or below four hours from Kuala Lumpur. (more…)

March 9, 2013

Police arrest 79 as incursion death toll hits 61


IGP Ismail Omar said operations to “flush out” the intruders were continuing, with one militant shot dead this morning.

Malaysian police said Saturday they had arrested 79 people in Sabah as skirmishes to end a month-long incursion by armed Filipino Islamists left one more dead.

The death of a suspected militant in a shootout Saturday raised the toll to 61 as Malaysian authorities pursued scores of Filipino gunmen who landed in Sabah last month to resurrect long-dormant land claims. (more…)

March 6, 2013

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…)

March 5, 2013

Fleeing residents call Semporna a ‘nightmare’


Some residents in Semporna have decided to flee following the Saturday gunbattle in a nearby village which resulted in 12 deaths.

“Our peaceful town has become a nightmare to live in,” Julasri Yaakob, 38, told AFP as he heaved a bag full of clothes onto a lorry.

“We are moving out because these are uncertain times. We heard the gunshots. My children are afraid.”

Schools, stores and government offices were closed in the town but there was little sign of a security presence despite the recent shootout and fleeing population. (more…)

March 4, 2013

Understanding the Sabah dispute

Artemio V Panganiban

To understand (1) the claim of the Sultan of Sulu over Sabah, (2) the standoff in Lahad Datu town in Sabah, (3) the stand-down admonition of President Aquino directing the followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III led by his brother Datu Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram to withdraw and return peacefully to the Philippines, and (4) the enforcement actions of the Malaysian authorities that sadly resulted in death and injury, I think it is best to begin by discussing the concepts of sovereignty and ownership.

Sovereignty is the perpetual and absolute power of a state (not of an individual) to command obedience within its territory. This power is manifested through the state’s constitution and laws, and is enforced by governmental agencies and officials. When needed, the state’s military and police forces can be called to back this enforcement. (more…)

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