It is a personal knowledge that the late Agbimuddin Kiram is way too old and sickly since 2005 to lead the Sabah Standoff in Lahad Datu in 2013. However, he continues to inspire his group headed by his son, Datu Sayed. The group follows the no retreat or no surrender principle when it comes to Sabah Claim. It is totally voluntary and not all of them are Muslim. Some are Catholics. “Over my dead body” sort of mentality. The government has no choice but to support them despite the outcome because their existence is real. No one can kill their nationalistic spirit. The Lahad Datu casualties only multiply the Royal Army equipped with a vengeance.
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Continue to Fight for Sabah
Sultan Jamalul Kiram III is the acknowledged leader of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo. The sultanate acquired Sabah as a prize for helping the Sultan of Brunei against his enemies that rebelled against his reign.It did not relinquish its sovereignty over Sabah and only leased the territory to the Briitish North Borneo Company starting in 1878. Sultan Jamalul died in 2013 but made his wish known to his wife and daughter; for Filipinos to continue to pursue Sabah. Whatever belongs to the Philippines must be returned.
The alleged Sabah Standoff leader as reported by mainstream media died in 2015. Kiram, also known as Datu Puing, died at his home at Barangay Tubig Indangan in the town of Simunul in Tawi-Tawi where he is ever since. He continues to inspire his men for the quest through the leadership of his son, Datu Sayed.
Lahad Datu Standoff
In February 2013, Kiram led a group of about 200 armed members of the Sultanate of Sulu to Lahad Datu, Sabah. Their intention is to go home and look for jobs. They pick up arms to defend themselves because they know that there’s resistance to their activity. It is a suicide mission to try to revive the sultanate’s claim to Sabah or now the Eastern Malaysian state. They call themselves the Royal Sultanate Forces. That caused the death of 60 people – 52 Filipinos and 8 Malaysian policemen. 6,000 Filipinos are forced to flee Sabah because of then president Noynoy Aquino’s betrayal. Datu Sayed who is speculated to carry out his father’s mission allegedly escaped.
Just a Propaganda War for Pnoy
President Benigno Aquino III considers the standoff a propaganda war. He maintained that the Philippines’ dormant claim to Sabah should not be resolved by taking up arms. The truth is, the Sultanate’s men are forced to take up their arms because of his incompetence. In actuality, Sultan Jamalul at first is against the mission but when Agbimuddin’s men carried out the plan, he supported them all the way. This is a very important trait of a leader – never to leave his men in battle. Sad to say, very unlike Pnoy. However, there’s hope in the President and Bongbong Marcos’ leadership when it comes to the Sabah Claim.