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26 February 2013





The injustice most foul committed by both Philippine and Malaysian colonialism in land-grabbing the Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA cannot be forever hidden to a mere footnote in history. Certainly, an immoral and criminal activity of this magnitude has to surface to haunt and scare the perpetrators that a grievous injustice has to be rectified. Otherwise, it will always end humiliating the colonizers even though using the majesty of law in legitimizing the crime against an oppressed humanity.

This is the case today of what is happening in Lahad Datu, Sabah (North Borneo originally) that the Tausugs ("Orang Suluk" in Malaysian Constitution) of Sulu archipelago have always considered an integral part of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (SSNB).

On February 9, Raja Muda (Crown Prince) Datu Azzimudin Kiram, brother of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo, Paduka Mahasari Maulana Sultan Sharful Hashim Muhammad Jamalul Kiram III, with close to 300 followers escorted by the Sultanate Royal Army visited his relatives and kinfolks in Kampung Tanduo, some 60 kilometers away from Lahad Datu. The symbolic gesture is also to pay a visit to the Tausug constituents, who have decided to reside in the Sulu Sultanate homeland Sabah, which federal Malaysia now considers under its hegemony through British patronage. But this has always been contested by SSNB because the Sulu Sultanate was never consulted on the transfer of North Borneo to Malaysia by the United Kingdom contravening the lease contract dated January 22, 1878. The historical document, "Grant By The Sultan of Sulu Of A Permanent Lease Covering His Lands And Territories On The Island Of Borneo," was signed in Sulu by Sri Paduka Maulana Al Sultan Mohammad Pulalon and British Company representatives Gustavus Baron de Overbeck of Hong Kong and Alfred Dent, Esquire, of London, containing the clear explicit phrase,"but the rights and powers hereby leased shall not be transferred to another nation, or a company of other nationality, without the consent of Their Majesties' Government".

Thus, it is recalled that this particular visitation was usually done by the Sulu Sultanate rulers, who spent some days in their

His Royal Highness Al-Sultan Muhammad Hadji Jamalul Kiram III, Sultan of Sulu & North Borneo (Sabah)

palatial royal home in Sandakan since 1704. North Borneo was gifted to the Sultanate of Sulu, including the Tausug rahyat, by the Sultan of Brunei by helping quell a rebellion against him in 1704 to show his eternal gratitude.

According to the SSNB Secretary General and spokesman, Abraham Idjirani, the journey of Rajah Muda Azzimudin Kiram and royal entourage to Sabah was to show their distrust on Philippine colonialism under President Benigno S. Aquino III in solving the  4-decades long Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao. The SSNB Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Kiram, who was invited to Malacanang Palace during the signing of Malaysia-facilitated GPH-MILF Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro (FAB) on February 15, 2012, complained that his presence was never acknowledged, showing that the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo was totally ignored by both the Philippine and Malaysian government in the comprehensive resolution to the Mindanao war. He was dismayed by the grand design of the Aquino regime to forge a deceiving peace deal to grant control of much of Sulu to the Cotabato-based MILF rebels totally ignoring the Sulu Sultanate.

In a press conference held in Alabang, the SSNB Sultan has issued strong order to his Crown Prince brother in Sabah and Royal Army followers to stay steadfast in Lahad Datu. In order to diffuse the tension caused by the SSNB symbolic protest and affirmation of its legitimate and historical right to North Borneo, Sultan Kiram has also sent his personal message to the Malaysian government to demand for a peace dialogue to review the terms of the January 22, 1878 lease contract.  

Thus, when the Lahad Datu incident caught the attention of the whole world despite the ban of the Malaysian government for news coverage by both local and foreign media, arresting and detaining even for eight hours three Al-Jazeera correspondents on their sea journey to Kampung Tanduo, this has only exposed now the controversial Sabah issue. Apparently, another element now is added that the Philippine claim to Sabah introduced by the Macapagal regime in the past and was vehemently pursued by the Marcos regime was only farcical, but a political ploy for material gain for Philippine colonialist leaders at the expense of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo and the Muslim Tausug constituents. 

Thus, it is positive enough that Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Kiram III has personally revoked the authority for the Philippine government to claim Sabah by the late Sultan Ismael Kiram I. Clearly now, Philippine colonialism under President Benigno S. Aquino III is surely conspiring with Malaysian colonialism under Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to preserve the illegal occupation of Sabah by federal Malaysia.

In like manner, the Malaysian government has mysteriously facilitated the GPH-MILF peace talks to  forge a possible agreement bordering only on Bangsamoro autonomy without slightest sovereignty in order to help the Manila government in perpetuating Philippine colonialism in the Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan.

It is now seen that the colonial conspiracy has thus thickened. But suddenly it backfired on the faces of the Filipino and Malaysian colonialists. As exposed now by the Lahad Datu controversy through the gallantry of the ruling Sulu Sultanate leaders to prove their historical relevance in the search for peace in Mindanao and Sulu, it now appears that both the Filipino and Malasyian colonizers wanted to bury the fundamental truth that the Mindanao-Sulu Sultanate exemplified vibrant and progressive government sovereignty since 1412 up to the oppressive and exploitative Philippine Commonwealth regime under President Manuel L. Quezon, who arrogantly wanted to decimate the powers and authority of the Sultanate government to impose Filipino colonialism.  For this immoral achievement, President Quezon will be surely remembered in Bangsamoro history as the grand colonizer of the Sultanate of Maguindanao and Buayan in Cotabato, Apat na Pangampung Sultanate districts of Lanao and Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo. 

On this note , relevant to the prologue, the mnlfnet.com has reissued the historical notes on Mindanao and Sulu Sultanate because to the best of analysis the Bangsamoro freedom struggle launched from the beginning in the 1960s by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is anchored on the rehabilitation of the Mindanao-Sulu Sultanate sovereignty and government that the Philippine Commonwealth regime immorally intended to extinct. But in vain as proven by present controversial events, particularly the historic journey of the Crown Prince of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo, and Tausug followers to their historical Sabah homeland. -osm/mnlfnet.com

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