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31 December 2001
Reference No. (9662) 6645101



THE MORO National Liberation Front (MNLF) freedom fighters in Lupah Sug (Sulu) expressed shocked and disbelief over the irresponsible statement (Malaysia's newspaper The Sun December 28 issue) of the Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato Seri Syed Hamid Albar, claiming that the MNLF Central Committee Chairman Dato Seri Panglima Prof. Nur Misuari "has no grounds to appeal for intervention from the Muslim nations". He was quoted to have said that the MNLF Chairman "is no longer an official Permanent Observer to the 57-nation strong Organization of Islamic Conference."

THROUGH his lawyer, Atty. Elly Velez Pamatung, Dato Seri Panglima Prof. Nur Misuari, who is now under the custody of the Malaysian authorities, has sought political asylum with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The MNLF Chairman was a recipient of the UNESCO Felix Bouphouet Peace Prize award together with then Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos in 1999. USTADZ Khabir Malik, a well-known Bangsamoro mass leader, who is now leading the MNLF Mujahideen in series of battles against the Philippine occupation marines in Luuk area, reacted spontaneously to the uncalled for statement, calling the Malaysian official "an ugly conspirator to divide the Bangsamoro people of Mindanao."

"MINISTER Albar is either a paid conspirator of the Philippine colonial government to divide and oppressively rule forever the Moros or an anti-peace demi-god out to strain the relationship of the Muslims in Southeast Asia," Ustadz Khabir emphasized.

THE Madinah Islamic University-graduate religious leader added, "he's a disgrace to the ideals of the founding leaders of UMNO and Islamic Malaysia and should be condemned by the Islamic Ummah, particularly the Muslims of Southeast Asia."

ON HIS part after being informed of this shocking statement, MNLF Brig. Gen. Khaid Adjibun, Chairman of the Lupah Sug State Revolutionary Committee (LSSRC), decided to call a meeting of the MNLF leaders in Sulu to discuss the matter. He has expressed agreement to the idea of issuing a strong appeal to the wisdom of the Malaysian King, Prime Minister Dato Seri Dr. Mahathir Muhamed, the Malaysian National Parliament and the progressive people of Malaysia to discipline their Foreign Minister, whom he observed as "more of a tool of Philippine colonialism rather than a compassionate Muslim diplomat interested to promote the solidarity, harmony and cordial relationship of the Bangsamoro people of Filipino-occupied Mindanao."

ON THE other hand, commenting on this sad issue, MNLF Vice-Chairman Hj. Jimmy Labawan expressed dismay that the Malaysian Foreign Minister could be so naive and ignorant about the Bangsamoro affairs. He sadly commented that the purpose of Malaysia to become a member of the OIC Ministerial Committee of Eight was not to help solved the nagging Filipino-Moro war in Mindanao, but to aggravate the volatile situation.

"HE (Minister Syed Hamid Albar) is dragging the OIC Ministerial Committee of Eight into shame and irrelevance by projecting himself the scoundrel arrogant spokesman of the group, arrogating upon himself the responsible role of the Committee's Chairman, Indonesian Foreign Minister, Dr. Nur Hassan Wirajuda," the MNLF Vice-Chair clarified.

THE Bangsamoro deputy premier leader also expressed his observation that while the Malaysian Foreign Minister has been playing the role of a blind conspirator with the Manila government in the creation of the "15-man Malacanang National Liberation Front (MNLF) Executive Council (EC)" to divide and to confuse the Bangsamoro people, the Malaysian official has even mouthed, nay, parroted the 15-EC line of thought, "the status of OIC Permanent Observer is accorded to the organization and not to any individual."

ON THE contrary, the Malaysian Foreign Minister has claimed that "the post (OIC permanent observer) today has now been taken over by the newly-elected Philippine Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor, Dr. Parouk Hussin."

"SAD to say, the Malaysian Foreign Minister has been used by the Manila government to deceive the Islamic Ummah and the international community of nations to erase the Bangsamoro people's just struggle to regain their self-determination and freedom from the scourge of Philippine colonialism," explained further by the MNLF Vice-Chairman.

IT IS seen that in his eagerness to conspire with the Catholic Philippine government to prop-up the so-called l5-member MNLF EC in order to marginalize Chairman Prof. Nur Misuari in the peace process, Minister Albar had contradicted the letter of the OIC Secretary General, Dr. Abdelouahed Belkeziz, to the Ministerial Committee of Eight Chairman, Dr. Nur Hassan Wirajuda. Substantially, the letter rejected the request of the Philippine Vice-President cum Foreign Affairs Secretary, Teopisto Guingona, Jr., to recognize the Malacanang-created 15-MNLF EC as representative of the Bangsamoro people in the OIC, and GRP's peace partner in the full implementation of the September 2, 1996 MNLF-OIC-GRP Peace Agreements signed by Chairman Prof. Nur Misuari for the MNLF and Ambassador Manuel Yan for the Philippine government.

CLEARLY, the OIC Secretary General pointed out in his letter that any decision on the matter should be within the competence of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM) and viewed the problem as an internal affairs of the MNLF.

BESIDES, the Malaysian Foreign Minister should be well aware by now that the Malacanang-concocted 15-MNLF EC is on the verge of complete break-up due to political conflict of interest in the imposed expanded ARMM. Apparently, the other MNLF EC members have thus observed that Dr. Parouk Hussin is merely a puppet of Ret. Gen. Eduardo Ermita and Special Concerns Secretary Norberto Gonzales, prime architects of the MNLF EC, because the latter could not decide on his own in running the affairs of the Arroyo government-installed 5-province ARMM.

ON THE abnormal actuation shown now by Minister Albar to conspire with the Philippine colonial government under President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to erase the true and genuine leadership of the MNLF under Chairman Prof. Nur Misuari and install instead their own colonial errandogs, Ustadz Khabir Malik, whose Mujahideen companions had killed lately close to 100 Philippine marines in the continuing battles in Luuk and Panamao municipalities in Sulu, has issued a loud call of strong protest to the intervention of unscrupolous anti-peace elements in the affairs of the Baangsamoro people.

EXPOSING the Moro pseudo-leaders in the area, the learned ulama declared that "the conscious Muslim populace of Mindanao today look upon Dr. Parouk Hussin and company as traitors to the noble cause of the MNLF-launched Bangsamoro people's Jihad fi-Sabilillah to regain their freedom and independence from Philippine colonialism."

HE HAS lamented the fact that "Dr. Parouk Hussin and gang are merely promoting the evil interest of the Manila government to divide and to conquer the Bangsamoro people in order to perpetuate colonialism in Mindanao, and to prolong the devastating Filipino-Moro conflict that since 1960s up to this date has already registered close to 300,000 deaths of Muslim civilians and freedom fighters and countless material losses in the region."


                   ABDULLAH B. USMAN




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