Monday, March 11, 2013

MNLF not sending forces in Sabah

From the Philippine News Agency (Mar 11): MNLF not sending forces in Sabah

The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) on Monday denied reports it was sending forces to augment the followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III against Malaysian fighters in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

"The report is not true and I strongly say it's a figment of imagination of whoever is the source," MNLF chair Muslimin Sema said.

Sema, also the vice mayor of Cotabato City, explained that Malaysia and Sabah are not enemies of the MNLF and "therefore no reason to attack (Malaysian forces)."

"The MNLF has nothing to do with the Sultan of Sulu and they have nothing to do with us," he said.

He said they have not established whatever kind of contact or understanding that would involve the MNLF in their affairs.

"I beg to say that the informants or personalities spreading this wrong information may be promoting an agenda to destroy the MNLF. Well, I say you fail," he said.

It was learned that 61 people were already killed as Malaysian forces continued to run after Kiram's followers who are holed up in Lahad Datu.

This came even as Kiram remained adamant that his troops will not in any way surrender and leave Sabah as he declared "jihad" against Malaysia.

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