Mar 9, 2013

Suluk Reject Suluk due to the un-Islamic Action of Jamalul Kiram

Rival claimants slam Kiram over Sabah violence
The Star/Asia News Network
3:30 am | Friday, March 8th, 2013

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia—The descendants of the Sulu sultanate have condemned Sultan Jamalul Kiram III for instigating violence in Sabah.

Mudarasulail Kiram, who is the son of the late Sultan Mahakuttah Kiram, and fellow claimant to the Sulu throne Sultan Bantilan Muhammad Muizzuddin II condemned Jamalul for putting the lives of the Tausug people in danger because of his selfish agenda.

The Malaysian news agency Bernama on Thursday reported them as calling on their countrymen to immediately retreat from Sabah and stop following the orders of Jamalul, as he was not the real sultan of Sulu.


It is wrong and un-Islamic to terrorize Sabah, especially as Malaysia has never oppressed the Tausug community, Mudarasulail said.

‘CONDEMNED’ Jamalul Kiram III has been condemned by rival claimants 
over Sabah for instigating violence and putting the lives of Tausug people in danger. 
“Our target should be the Philippine government, which has oppressed us for so long,” he added.

Sacred name

Stressing that Sabah rightfully belonged to Malaysia, Mudarasulail said the Tausug community in the eastern Malaysian state risk being victimized because of Jamalul’s actions.

He also called on the sultan, who is living in Manila, to stop using the name Jamalul, as people like him who perpetrate violence should not use the sacred names of former sultans.

He said Jamalul had proclaimed himself sultan despite not being the biological grandson of Sultan Mawalil Wasit (who was the designated Sulu sultan after Sultan Jamalul Kiram II died in 1936 without any direct heirs).

Muizzudin sent representatives to meet Defense Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and discuss ways to resolve the conflict in Sabah.

“Sultan Bantilan condemned the acts of violence,” Ahmad said, adding that the representatives met him in Kuala Lumpur on Monday night.

Sabahans’ rejection

Sabahans have also rallied to sign an online petition that rejects Jamalul’s claim to Sabah.

Written by five youths on March 2 and uploaded to, the petition has received 2,908 signatures as of noon on Wednesday.

The petition by the Concerned Citizens of Sabah states: “The peace-loving people of Sabah unanimously agree that whatever the result of any injunction or fact-finding mission, we wish to remain Malaysians.

“We appeal to the international community to acknowledge the people of Sabah’s right to self-determination, to endorse the state’s constitutional sovereignty of the Malaysian government as valid and the desire of Sabahans to permanently reject the sultanate of Sulu’s claim on our home.”


The petition will be forwarded to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and President Aquino.

The petition acknowledged the shared history between Sabah and the Philippines but “respectfully and permanently reject” the sultanate’s claims, which the group deemed as “irrelevant to modern-day Sabah.”

Signing the petition, Nur Azila Awang Sarin from Kota Kinabalu said, “Sabah belongs to Malaysia.”

Adam Chin said the Lahad Datu conflict was “doomed to fail,” adding that Sabahans had become one with Malaysians in Sarawak and the peninsula.

SULUKS are good citizens

FULL SUPPORT: Leaders submit memo to Najib, stating objection to intrusion

THE Suluk community in Sabah should not worry about their future as the government has never doubted their loyalty, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Members of the community would always remain good citizens who obeyed the law, Najib said during a stopover at the Tawau airport yesterday where he received a memorandum from Suluk community leaders led by Datu Abdul Raman Datu Ismail.

The memorandum, signed by 60 Suluk leaders from around the state, stated their stand and strong objections to the intrusion into Sabah by Sulu terrorists who were followers of selfproclaimed Sulu sultan Jamalul Kiram III.

The leaders also expressed full support for the government’s handling of the matter.

“We are working hard to settle the matter here. We do not wish it to be prolonged but resolved fast,” Najib added.

In the memorandum, the Suluk leaders said the intrusion had not only caused grief to the families of eight policemen killed in Kampung Tanduo and Kampung Simunul but had also spawned trauma and panic among Sabahans living in the affected areas.

"We pledge our loyalty to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Yang Dipertua Negeri, and our undivided support to Najib's leadership.

"The presence of terrorists in Lahad Datu caught us by surprise and we are deeply saddened and regret what had happened," Raman said.

Raman, who is also Persatuan Rumpun Etnik Suluk Sabah (PRESS) adviser, said he hoped that other ethnic groups in the state would not view the Suluk community negatively "because of the actions of certain quarters".
"We were offended when the name Suluk was used in the newspapers but, thankfully, there were changes like Ops Sulu to Ops Daulat. This is something we appreciate," said Raman, who is also a Tawau Umno division committee member.

Members of the community also demanded that the government identify the terrorists involved in the intrusion and bring them to justice. They also want enforcement in coastal and border areas to be beefed up. "We urge the government not to entertain any claims that can jeopardise Sabah's sovereignty."

Raman also urged the government to compensate residents of Kampung Tanduo and nearby villages affected by the incident.

In Putrajaya, the prime minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, expressed her condolences to the families of the policemen killed.

"I am saddened that wives have lost their husbands, children have lost their fathers and parents have lost their children," she said after chairing a Puspanita meeting here.

"We want peace for our country and we are against anyone who threatens to take that away from us. We are grateful to our heroes who fought until their last breath."

Present were the deputy prime minister's wife, Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman, and Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Ali Hamsa. Puspanita contributed RM20,000 to families of the victims.

In Sandakan, some 100 members of the Suluk community gathered in front of city police station here to protest against the intrusion.

Persatuan Suluk Bersatu Sabah Sandakan division president Jamal Ali said the 300 members supported the government's handling of the situation.

"Although we are from the same community as those terrorists, it does not mean that we are going to help or support them. The Suluk community has been staying in Sandakan for at least three generations."

Kampung Bahagia village chief Sharif Hassim, 56, said about 5,000 Suluk folk stayed in the area.

When asked about talk that terrorists may recruit youngsters, he gave an assurance that this would not happen.

"Youngsters here are smart and will not be persuaded easily to join in any activity harmful to the country."

During the hour-long peaceful gathering, Sekong assemblyman Samsudin Yahya handed RM10,000 to the Tabung Wira Lahad Datu.

The sum was contributions from the Suluk community.

Samsudin also lodged a police report against Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice-president Tian Chua, who allegedly accused Umno of orchestrating the gun battle with the terrorists. Additional reporting by Olivia Miwil
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