By: Elena Grace Flores
Malaysia’s deputy prime minister claimed that the RM12 million was handed over to the Special Branch for contribution to Philippine organizations who helped with the negotiations to free the four Malaysians hostaged by Abbu Sayyaf. He denied that it was ransom. However, the Filipino groups have no links to the terrorists. The Special Branch mentioned is Malaysia’s intelligence service.
As Manila Times reported; “The ransom payment has triggered a political firestorm in Malaysia because of the contradictory statements issued by government officials. Home Minister Hamidi disclosed that the funds were turned over to the Special Branch, which presumably turned them over to the Abu Sayyaf. Lau, who represented the families of the four hostages, even narrated that two Special Branch officers, with an approval letter from Bank Negara, withdrew the sum and carried them in 12 metal cases to the police station.”
The first claim was denied by Malaysia’s Police Inspector-General Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar that the Special Branch did not receive such money, and he insisted that no ransom was paid. He explained that the Abu Sayyaf released the hostages after the Malaysian government threaten to stop the Malaysia-Mindanao barter trade – which no person in his right mind would believe. Can the Malaysians be funding the Abbu Sayyaf to create instability in Mindanao to instill their illegal Sabah ownership? Very possible indeed!
By: Elena Grace Flores
The Sultanate of Sulu now headed by Sultan Phugdal will no way compromise the Sabah claim after all that they’ve been through. The Malaysian government can resume their yearly lease but following present market value and under the conditions of the Sultanate. The BBL law can also take effect for the peace process to materialize but can never make Sabah as the reward for their efforts.
Circumstances are now favoring the sultanate with President Rodrigo Duterte’s support, Bongbong Marcos’ scrutinizing the details of BBL and many concerned Filipinos cheering for this historic event to take place especially those who have loved ones tortured while being deported from Sabah to Zamboanga despite insisting that they are in their homeland.
Pastor Boy Saycon said after seeing the media propaganda by the Malaysian press; that they can dream all they want but the Sabah claim cannot be compromised – they have to return it to the Philippines no matter what. Saycon is an adviser to the sultanate when it comes to the Sabah claim. He helped them gather evidence and documents that will help the move to push the Sabah claim in the United Nations – thus prompting the UN to issue a resolution to settle the claim in a peaceful manner. Formulating strategies are also Saycon’s notable skill thus giving him the title; Political Hing Maker – as the man behind Noybi!