Mar 7, 2013

Suluk of Malaysia Prefer to be Malaysian

Suluk Tausug
of Malaysia Prefer to be Malaysian

Sabah Suluks condemn armed intrusion

by Murib Morpi. Posted on March 6, 2013, Wednesday

The Suluk associations’ presidents leaders are Abdul Ali Erilis (left), 
Mohd Zaki Harry Susanto (centre) and Haji Ruhil Sailadjan (right).

KOTA KINABALU: Malaysians of Suluk descent in Sabah have condemned the act of the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram and his army which has resulted in the loss of lives.

Representatives from three Suluk-based associations, namely Persatuan Rumpun Ethnic Suluk Sabah (PRESS), Persatuan Kebudayaan Suluk Bajau Tawau Sabah and Persatuan Perniaga Kraftangan Kota Kinabalu also disassociated themselves from the group despite their bloodlines.

“We are descendants of Suluks who were given Malaysian citizenship when the country was formed. Our loyalty is to the Yang diPertuan Agong and Sabah Head of State,” PRESS secretary Mohd Zaki Harry Susanto said.

Mohd Zaki told reporters after a courtesy call by the three associations on Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman that they condemn the act of the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu and his so-called army for trespassing onto Malaysian soil and described it as uncivilized as well as cruel towards the country’s security forces.

“This does not reflect the true Suluk characteristics who are humble and peace loving people … We are loyal to the Agong, this is our country. We are also loyal to the TYT and we support the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman’s leadership,” he said and stressed that the Suluk community in Sabah had never supported any move made by the Suluk ethnic group from the neighbouring country.

“Even though we are from the same ethnic group, Malaysia is our country and we will defend the country,” Mohd Zaki said, adding that according to the National Registration Statistics in 2012, there are about 300,000 people of Suluk ethnicity in Sabah.

Most of these people are residing in the east coast and a large number are second and third generations of Suluks who originated from the Philippines.

Mohd Zaki disclosed that his grandfather who is from Sulu, came to this part of Borneo in the 1930s, so when Malaysia was formed in 1963, he was given a Malaysian citizenship.

Persatuan Kebudayaan Suluk Bajau Tawau Sabah deputy president Abdul Ali Erilis called on Malaysians of Suluk descent in Sabah to come out in full support of the Malaysian government’s efforts to flush out the intruders.

Abdul Ali also refuted all allegations that the association’s 5,000 members are involved with the Sulu army and their action.

“We will stand solid and uphold the sovereignty and justice of Malaysia … we want the peace and harmony restored. We do not support the intruders or the Sulu army,” he said.

Meanwhile, Persatuan Perniaga Kraftangan Kota Kinabalu chairman Ruhil Sailajan decried the intrusion by the Sulu army as it was bad for their business.

“There are 114 handicraft stall operators in the state capital and our businesses have been affected since the intrusion early February. There has been a decline in the number of tourists visiting the handicraft market and our economy has taken a toll,” he said.

Ruhil added that they hoped the case would be settled soon so that peace and harmony will return to the state.


Surrender and leave the country
05 March 2013
IRRESPONSIBLE AND UNCIVILISED: We are against group's intrusion, say local Suluk community leaders 
KOTA KINABALU: TWO local Suluk community leaders have condemned the armed Filipino intruders holed up at Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu, for causing unrest and tension in Sabah. 
Describing the armed intruders, known as Suluk Tausug from the Tawi-Tawi island in the Southern Philippines, as totally irresponsible for threatening Malaysia's sovereignty, they urged the authorities to take firm action against them. 
The Suluk community in Sabah is said to be from the same ethnic group as the Suluk Tausug. 
United Sabah Suluk Association chairman Jamal Ali said the Suluk community in the state was against the group's intrusion. 
"The group, despite being fellow Muslims, has acted inhumanely against our security forces," he said, adding that the group should surrender and leave the country immediately. 
Sabah Suluk Ethnic Association secretary Mohd Zaki Harry Susanto described the intruders as uncivilised. "The group has no business to create trouble and problems in our country. It should leave our shores immediately as we do not want to see more bloodshed. 
"I have relatives in the Philippines, but if they came here illegally, I would tell them off because that would be against our laws." 
Zaki said the local Suluks had made their decision to stay in Malaysia. 
"My grandfather came here in the 1930s. Since then, this has been our home. I was born here and I am a Malaysian. 
"Our people are willing to offer assistance to protect our country from the intruders," Zaki, who was a former policeman, said. 
 "When I heard news of our men killed in action, I felt like offering my service. I have faith in our security forces and I am sure they are doing their best.

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