There is a warning here to the Sulus in Lahad Datu as well as some clarifications about what happened in Tanduo. It has been a long hot day folks. Its almost 4 pm and I just got back from the RMAF Airbase at Subang.
Two of us Bloggers were at Subang this afternoon to await the return of our two fallen Policemen who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation in an oil palm plantation in Tanduo in Sabah. First here are some pictures from the airport.
The RMAF flight from Sabah arrived at 12.30 PM bearing the bodies of Inspector Zulkifli Mamat, 29 and Corporal Sabarudin Daud, 46. The PM who was present to pay his respects also announced that Inspector Zulkifli was being posthumously promoted to ASP while Corporal Sabarudin was being promoted to Sargeant. This would help their widows with a higher pention.
Two lives extinguished prematurely. I dont know how many of us can appreciate what these men have done for our own safety and comfort. These pictures show the caskets being carried out of the plane by Police pall bearers. Innalilaah.
The guard of honour for the fallen as well as for the widow - in black dress and white tudung, seen in this picture below.
OK before I talk about the Sulus frying there has been a lot of incorrect information coming out of Lahad Datu. The two Policemen were not killed by mortar fire. They were shot by Sulu snipers. One of them suffered a direct head wound while the other was shot through the eye. To support this fact, the PM said in his remarks to the Press that a returning commando told him that the Sulus had waved a white flag of surrender. That was when our boys showed themselves to talk to the surrendering Sulus. Instead they were fired upon and we suffered the two casualties.
There is no such thing as 10 Sulus surrendered. No one has surrendered. There is no curfew in Lahad Datu which is located 167 kilometres away. However people were encouraged to stay behind locked doors because there might still be renegade members of Kiram's ragtag outfit out to cause trouble.
There are still 224 Sulus hiding out in the oil palm plantation in Tanduo. They have been asked to surrender. If they dont, they are going to fry. They are out of food and water. Our boys have brought in bigger firepower and if the Sulus fire their weapons again they will truly regret it.
There is no more kid gloves treatment. We have given them three long weeks to leave Sabah with absolutely no action taken against them. We also extended deadline after deadline to surrender. Instead they have shot our Policemen. Now it is too late for them. They are either going to jail or they are going to be shot.
The incident where they shot our two Policemen after tricking them with a white flag is also not going to help them at all. If any Filipinos or Sulus read this, please pass a message to Jamalul Kiram in Manila. If they dont surrender your boys are going to get fried.
Here is some news from the Philippines:
2:42 pm | Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III on Saturday urged the followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III to “surrender now”. “If you have grievances, the path you chose was wrong,” Aquino said in a statement, a day after the more than two-week-old siege in a remote village in Lahad Datu turned deadly. “The just, and indeed, the only correct thing for you to do is to surrender,” he said.
The silly Sulus are not going to listen to him. They have said:
2:01 pm | Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
MANILA, Philippines—The next in line to the title of Sultan of Sulu, Rajah Mudah Agbimuddin Kiram, said Saturday he and the remaining 224 followers in Sabah were ready to face death after Malaysian police forces attacked and killed 10 of them and wounded four others on Friday. Kiram, who along with his followers have been surrounded and isolated by Malaysian police forces in Tanduo, Lahad Datu for the past 16 days, texted a grim message to his elder brother, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, at 5 a.m. Saturday.
“After we buried our 9 brothers and sister at sundown, everyone of the 224 left decided to die in Lahad Datu in pursuit of their dreams and aspiration,” Agbimuddin Kiram Kiram said in the message. A spokesman for the Jamalul Kiram, Abraham Idjirani, said the younger Kiram wanted the message known to all Filipinos.
Well they can certainly choose to die wherever they want. The Philippines Government has said that it is against the Law in the Philippines to incite or wage war against any nation. Well if this is the case then Jamalul Kiram has incited and definitely waged war against Malaysia. He has certainly broken Philippine Laws. How come Jamalul Kiram and his daughter have not been arrested by the Philippine authorities?
Arrest him and throw him in jail. That may help him think more clearly. If the Philippines does not enforce their own Laws, they are washing their hands over the fate of the remaining 224 Sulus in Sabah to be dealt with by another country.
I find it strange that citizens of one country can organise private armies to attack neighbouring countries and their own country does not do anything to arrest the ringleaders. Yet they say they have laws for exactly such things. That is a very lawless country.