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Breaking News: Intruders chief an ADO in Kudat during USNO reign
By Alexander Chen/ Borneoinsider
CENDERAWASIH (LAHAD DATU): The leader of the so-called royal armed forces of the Sulu Sultanate once served as an assistant district officer of Kudat during the reign of former chief minister Tun Datu Mustapha Harun.
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Ajbimuddin speaks good English and showed the emissaries documents of the ancestral claim to Sabah.
He wears a white robe and is unarmed and is staying in the house of a man called “Pakcik Umrah”, who with his wife, were the only two villagers who did not flee Tanduo on Tuesday.
The standoff entered its fourth day Friday. The numbers of the group which started off with 32, is said to have swelled to just over 100 and now claims are there are some 300 of them in the area.
The Maritime Enforcement Agency’s patrol boat as seen from the Dent peninsular where Kg Tondua is located.
There are plans to get Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, one of the descendants of the Sulu Sultanate and related the Radjah Mudah to get involved in the negotiations.
According to sources familiar with the negotiations, Ajbimuddin has already met another relative of the Sultan who was brought in from Kuala Lumpur but is standing firm to the group’s demands
On Friday, Borneo Insider quoted a Philippine Daily Inquirer report as saying: “We want to live in our place. Sabah is our territory, as it is part of the ancestral domain of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo.
“One more thing, it’s as if we were not Filipinos,” he said. “The President of the Philippines pays no attention to us.”
Radjah Mudah is one of the three leaders of the Kiram family, heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu that is claiming Sabah.
“They (Malaysian security) have surrounded us—me and my group of civilians and royal security forces—and, of course, they were armed,” Radjah Mudah was said to have told the Inquirer by phone Thursday.
“But there was no fighting. We talked. We have an open line to a high Malaysian official and he talked to us, referring to me as ‘Your Excellency, Your Royal Highness,’” the Radjah Mudah said.
A Police water truck ferrying fresh water and heading towards the stand-off point;
Based on reports from those who managed to enter the village, there is now a bigger presence of armed intruders with the number put at 300, though this could not be immediately confirmed.
Most of them were in black and grey military fatigues and armed with M16 rifles, M14 grenade launchers, Colt 45 pistols and bullet straps.
Among the group is five women and a number of civilians, including a man on crutches, but it could not be immediately ascertained if they were the hostages that was earlier reported.
They were seen cooking tapioca grown at the village.
The group comprises Tausug and Bajau from Basilan, Jolo, and Tawi Tawi, aged between 20 and 60, and had arrived in several boats since Saturday.
A four-star commander wearing the name tag identifying himself as Musa or Musang, was also spotted among the group.
At least six temporary camps have been set up in the village sprawled over a 250ha area along the coastline of the Celebes Sea facing the Tawi Tawi chain of island in southern Philippines.
According to a villager who had returned to check on his belongings, since fleeing on Tuesday, none of their houses had been encroached nor their property taken away by the intruders.
The emissaries will return to the village later Saturday to continue the negotiations, with Sabah police chief Datuk Hamza Taib saying he expected all to be over soon.