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March 12, 2013

One soldier, 3 gunmen killed in Lahad Datu clash

One Malaysian soldier and three Sulu gunmen were killed in a gun battle at Sungai Nyamuk near Kampung Tanjung Batu in Sabah’s restive east coast today, Armed Forces chief Tan Sri Gen Zulkifeli Mohd Zin confirmed.

The three Sulus were in a group of five that were spotted at 7.45am by security forces cleaning up the area after last week’s bombardment to flush out the Filipino militants that intruded into Malaysia.

The soldier has been identified as Private Mohd Hurairah from Kelantan who had been stationed at Camp Kukusan Tawau in Sabah. (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 9, 2013

At edge of a cliff

Lim Sue Goan

The security forces have finally launched attacks on the Sulu gunmen in Sabah. After eight police officers were killed, exterminating them seems to be the only option. There should not be other considerations as we have to safeguard the country’s security and dignity.

The people, as well as the ruling and alternative coalitions, must put aside political controversies and disagreements to back and motivate the security forces.

It is unfortunate that the intrusion of the Sulu gunmen has turned into a deadly standoff. From a positive point of view, however, if the standoff is ended and encourages the government to develop a firm security policy in Sabah after recognising the fact that the security in Sabah has been at the edge of cliff, it can help prevent Sabah from falling into greater trouble. (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…)

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…)

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…)

March 5, 2013

Why are our troops still on the defensive?

Hussaini Abdul Karim

Based on the reports and images as shown in our mainstream newspapers on the standoff between our troops and the armed Sulu group at Kampong Tanduo, many things seem to be wrong.

Firstly, while there are some members of the troops who were seen to be donning bullet-proof vests, none were wearing helmets. Some were seen wearing long-sleeved tee-shirts and standard ‘soft’ headgear, bandanas and some were not even wearing any headgear at all, especially the members of the VAT 69. Many were also seen not wearing bullet-proof vests.  This is most surprising and wrong.

We are not cowboys on horses fighting against Red Indians armed with arrows, spears and axes! (more…)

February 24, 2013

Who’s taking responsibility for Lahad Datu standoff?

Filed under: Human rights — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:00 AM
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Mat Zain Ibrahim

Until today, there is not one honourable person who is prepared to take the responsibility for the lapse of security that resulted in the Lahad Datu standoff. Surely there must have been someone put in charge of the area, but has neglected his responsibilities.

If Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is serious about protecting the sovereignty, security and safety of our country and the citizens, he would have caught hold of one or two of the ground commanders and relieved them of their command.

Only then will the rakyat believe that the PM is not only in control but that he is on top of the situation and has his priorities right. (more…)

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