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EDITORIAL

11 May 2013

BANGSAMORO YOUTH CORNER

AFTER MALAYSIA GE13, IS THERE PEACE TO SABAH WAR?

 

By RRayhanR

 

 

HOW TO CHEAT AND WIN ELECTION IN MALAYSIA?

The strange conduct of Malaysia's Election Commission of the May 5, 2013 General Election (GE13) marred by reported irregularity of massive 'flying voters' from Sabah and Sarawak fearlessly casting votes in the federal states has now defined why the Sabah war has to be created by the UMNO-led government of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. The election result of GE13 has blown off the cover of the need and necessity for the Malaysia-Sulu Sultanate war to take place in Sabah. Possibly, the Sabah war was to instill fear and terror in the hearts and minds of the Sabahans in order the UMNO-ruled central government could pursue its political scheme of winning by any foul means the election.  Simply, it is to cheat and win the GE13 at any cost, including using Tausug (Suluk) Muslim blood, government money and controlled mainstream media.

It is recalled that using 'Malaysian sovereignty' versus historical propriety right of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (SSNB) over occupied territory 'Sabah', the UMNO-led government leaders under Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak used full diplomatic force and military might to convert Sabah into a war zone. Yet, the whole accidental February, this year, stand-off episode could have been instead solved by peaceful diplomatic dialogue amongst conscious Muslim leaders in both camps. But the full force of the ten-battalion strong federal Malaysian military forces had to be mobilized and unleashed over a twenty-armed SSNB Royal Security Forces whose task was only to secure along the sea lanes more than 200 civilian Tausug (Suluk) Muslims wanting desperately to go back home and settle in the historical homeland North Borneo following the tradition of the past years.

Thus, with the tragic massacre of the ten Suluk Muslims, including an old woman and 8-year old son, in Kampung Tandou, Lahad Datu; the retaliation of the Kiram kinfolks in Semporna killing four Malaysian policemen; and the full scale offensive ground attack by more than 7,000 federal military soldiers supported by lethal jet fighter planes and helicopter gunship bombardments over the humanly deserted war area during  the first week of March, Sabah was literally converted into a war zone.

Consequently, Sabah was transformed into a garrison state. In pursuit of the surviving SSND Royal Security Forces and other civilian supporters in hiding in Sabah jungle, the federal Malaysian forces conducted search-and destroy of houses, arbitrary arrests, tortures and killings of Tausug Muslims on mere suspicion of knowing and supporting Sulu Sultanate Rajah Muda (Crown Prince) Datu Agbimuddin Kiram, younger brother of Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Kiram III. The ugly scenario also resulted to the desperate flight of thousands Suluk Muslim refugees, majority are children, from Sandakan, Tawau, Semporna, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Kudat to nearby Tawi-Tawi Island, Sulu, Basilan and even Zamboanga. The fleeing refugees have reported horrifying atrocities perpetrated by the Malaysian soldiers gone berserk over innocent non-combatant long-time Tausug Muslim residents in Sabah, including the arrest and imprisonment of Amilkahar Kiram, son of Sultan 'Bantilan' Ismael Kiram, and the arrest and killing of Ustaj Zamzam Salih, an aged respected religious guru, who decided to spend his remaining twilight years in Sabah with his closed relatives.

Apparently, the UMNO-led Malaysian government has encouraged the conduct of ethnic cleansing of the Suluk Muslims in Sabah by the federal military soldiers so as to prove the point that North Borneo is under Malaysian sovereignty, thus, altogether disregarding the Sabah claim by both the Sulu Sultanate and the Philippine government. This is despite the payment of the measly annual rental of M$5,300 by the Malaysian government to the Kiram family heirs since 1963. 

On the conduct of the Malaysia-Sulu Sultanate war in Sabah, the Najib regime has totally ignored the appeal of the UN Secretary General for peaceful solution to the aggravating conflict because reinforcement of outside armed supporters have supplemented the fighting capability of Raja Mudah Agbimuddin Kiram, who has decided in waging guerrilla warfare against the federal government in the thick jungles of Sabah. Thus, without any peaceful solution in sight, the Sabah crisis may turn out to be another full blown war in Southeast Asia similar to the disturbing Thailand-Patani war and the bloody Philippines-Bangsamoro war in Mindanao.    

Now, with the GE13 over in Malaysia and the UMNO-led government is on a slim-winning majority to rule divided Malaysia, wherein ruling BN controls the heartland but opposition PKR controls the cities, what is the contemplated program of the Najib regime on Sabah war? 

On this end, the consequence of continued war in Sabah will surely create economic havoc on Malaysia. But is the new UMNO-led government opened to peaceful settlement  with the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo and the rakyat Tausug Muslims to achieve just and lasting peace in the Malaysian-occupied territory? -rrr/bfs

 

   

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PRESS STATEMENT OF THE SULTANATE OF SULU AND NORTH BORNEO (SSNB)

3/1 KAMPUNG TANDOU MASSACRE: DEFINING TRAGIC SAGA OF THE SULTANATE OF SULU AND NORTH BORNEO (SSNB)

The Sulu Sultanate

The Coming of Islam to Sulu

How Islam Came to Mindanao

The Maguindanao Sultanate

WHY BANGSAMORO, NOT FILIPINO?

HISTORICAL AND "HUMAN WRONG" OF PHILIPPINE COLONIALISM: HOW NOT TO RESPECT HISTORIC-HUMAN RIGHTS OF
BANGSAMORO AND CHINA?

 

   

     

 

   

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