• Sulu crack troops observe Ramadan amid perils

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    AMID the observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan, members of the Sultanate of Sulu’s Royal Security Force (RSF) are now in “soul-searching” of their next move as they vowed not to give up on their fight to regain Sabah.

    Sultanate Spokesman Abra-ham Idjirani said, Rajah Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, who is the leader of RSF ordered his men to do some ”soul searching, reflection, and thinking all their moves.”

    “This is to make sure that their moves are based on the Qur’an and do not violate other people’s faith,” said Rajah Muda as relayed by Idjirani.

    Although Rajah Muda and his men are ”still in hiding and constant dangers” from Malaysian forces, Idjirani said they are still observing Ramadan like fasting in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

    “Rajah Muda told me they are also observing the Ramadan, although they are still in hiding and in constant dangers from the security of forces of Malaysia,” Idjirani added.

    The Malaysian government, he added, became soft on RSF members as it did not launch any operation against the sultanate’s followers,

    He said the situation on the island has become loose, that food supply is available to Rajah Muda’s group.

    “It is quiet in all fronts during the Ramadan,” he said adding that the last fighting occurred on June 16 in Miles Nine and on June 18 in Kampung Labian, both in Lahad Datu.

    At present, Rajah Muda’s men, still holed up in Lahad Datu’s jungles and mountains, are placed at 1,600 composed of RSF men and volunteers from Min-danao’s Moro provinces and other areas of Region 9.

    To be recalled Rajah Muda and 235 RSF men, some armed with long firearms, pistols, and “krises” (Moro blades), sailed to Sabah on February 9 to stake their historical claim on North Borneo.

    When the Malaysian government discovered them encamped in Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu, they were asked to leave and go back home.

    But the sultanate’s people refused, pushing the standoff to three weeks.

    The Malaysian forces attacked them on March 1, followed on March 5 with a massive offensive involving jet fighters, helicopter gunships, tanks, artillery, and over 6,000 ground forces.

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