Sulu ‘volunteers’ plan
The Sulu Sultanate on Sunday said it is sending more “volunteer” fighters to Sabah from
to reassert its territorial claim over it and to protect the Filipinos there
who are being rounded up by Malaysian police.
Abraham Idjirani, spokesman of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, said groups of Bangsa Suluk volunteers were preparing to sail to
Sabah and join the 1,600-strong Royal Security Forces of
the sultanate led by Kiram’s brother, Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram.
“They will be going to Sabah because of the un-Islamic rounding up of innocent civilians by the Malaysian security forces,” Idjirani said from Kiram’s residence in
“They feel it is their patriotic duty to protect their countrymen there and to show the world that
is their homeland.”
Asked how many fighters were sailing to
Idjirani said they had no idea yet but the fighters would be going there
quietly in waves or groups to elude the Malaysian and Philippine naval cordons.
Once in Sabah, they would be consolidating forces and communicating with Agbimuddin, who remains in
since sailing there with 200 men in February.
“They are now driven by their belief that
Malaysia does not own Sabah,”
He said the volunteers would come from Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan and Zamboanga.
“Our leaders told us that these Bangsa Suluks have been itching to go to Sabah because they are angry over the Malaysians’ treatment of the Filipino residents of
He said some of the Sabah-bound volunteers would be armed, with many of them experienced in battle, although they would not be going tohttp://manilastandardtoday.com/2013/07/29/sulu-volunteers-plan-sabah-incursions/
Sabah to wage war.