Sulu’s sultan of sultans warns Malaysia of more bloodshed, if... PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 March 2013 10:52

A Muslim medical doctor, said to have been crowned ‘Paramount Sultan’ of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo, has warned Malaysian government, of more bloodshed, if it would not stop its atrocities on Muslim Filipinos, claiming ownership of the oil-rich Sabah State.

This, after more than a week of fierce encounters between followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and Malaysian forces in Sabah, have yielded 60 deaths, 52 of which were those of Filipino intruders.

Dr. Ibrahim Bahjin-Shakirullah II, known for his royal name as Paduka Mahasari Maulana Sultanul-Muazzam, who claimed to have been crowned Paramount Sultan in 2004 by council of elders and datus of the Royal House of Patikul, in Patikul, Sulu, said, that “Tausugs are known warriors who never run in a fight. If Malaysian government would not stop killing our brothers seeking their ancestral right in Sabah, more blood will be shed in that nation”.

Bahjin, who likewise claimed to be representing all royal houses of Sulu sultanate, said he and ‘the other crowned sultans’ had admonished Kiram through the internet, for his unilateral decision in invading Sabah, thereby, putting the lives of their brothers in danger.

However, Bahjin said, such admonition was superseded by extending moral support to the group’s cause, especially, when the Malaysian government started shooting and killing their brothers.

“We have no other choice, but to support our people, because they are put in peril in Sabah as a result of the unilateral action of Kiram,” Bahjin, who specializes in internal medicines and urology, said.

Surrounded by elders and datus, representing the royal houses of Patikul in his residence last Thursday night, Bahjin also cast sentiments on national media and the government, for giving much prominence and attention merely to Kiram, saying that the latter’s family only comprises one royal house and not the whole Sulu sultanate.

“Since we are away from the main shores of media in Manila, acknowledgment is only focused on Kiram and his family, which is very unfair to us, other members of the royal house of Sulu”, he said.

Meanwhile, Bahjin defended the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) warriors, who are said to have re-enforced the royal sultanate army in Sabah, claiming, “our brothers, the MNLF are there, because they are the vanguard of our defense and our security, and it is their moral responsibility to safeguard and defend the lives of every member of the sultanate”.

The paramount sultan has appealed to all members of the royal houses, who hail from sultanate’s family tree of the Kirams, Bahjins, and the Abirins, all heirs to the throne, to unite, “otherwise, we can never go on with our cause to successfully reclaim ownership of Sabah, if we ourselves, are fragmented”.

At the same time, Bahjin called on President Noynoy Aquino to keep in his mind, the interest of those people, now fighting in Sabah.

“We are also Filipinos, we are carrying Philippine passports and singing the Philippine National Anthem, and we recognize him (Aquino) as our president, so please, protect his people in Sabah”, the chief sultan narrated. — Philip Abuy