Help our brothers in Sabah, sultanate elders tell Pnoy PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:35

The Council for Royal Datus of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo yesterday revealed about the horror that their tausug brothers have been into since fierce encounters between Malaysian forces and men of self-proclaimed sultan, Jamalul Kiram III erupted in Sabah weeks ago.

The over 70 royal datus from Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Palawan, Basilan, and Zamboanga Peninsula region convened into a consultative assembly at a local hotel yesterday to make representations to President  Aquino and the United Nations (UN), to help their brothers in Sabah, who are now allegedly being massacred by the Malaysian police.

Datu Albi Julkarnain, Chairman of the council for royal datus, said they received reports that many of their civilian tausug brothers who are working in Sabah, are being arrested, illegally detained, tortured, harassed, and killed by the Malaysian military.

“When caught, those who are trying to escape through the jungle are arrested, put into buses and brought elsewhere, until their dead bodies would be seen floating at seas days after,” Julkarnain said.

However, Julkarnain said, the Malaysian government would always come up with propaganda, claiming that said bodies were those of Kiram’s men, “where in fact, they are civilians, doing livelihood in Sabah”.

Julkarnain said the council for royal datus believes that this act of Malaysia constitutes genocide or ethnic cleansing.

“They (Malaysian government) want all tausugs out of Sabah, because they know that these people, by inheritance, own such oil-rich state”, Julkarnain lamented.

Julkarnain said their council sympathizes with those men who went and fought in Sabah, because “had it not for those people, Sabah issue would not be known to the United Nations and the whole world”.

However, Julkarnain admitted that said adventurous activity of Kiram’s group was done without consultations with the sultanate’s elders.

Julkarnain also refuted Malaysia’s claim that those arrested and detained belong to Kiram’s armed group, saying, that it is impossible for them (Malaysian forces) to apprehend these warriors, since they went there to fight to death.

“Those they are arresting are pure unarmed civilians who have been trying to get out of the troubled area”.

The chief of royal datus also appealed to the Malaysian government to spare the close to half a million tausugs working in Malaysia, from illegal arrests, detention, torture, and murderous acts. — Philip Abuy