From the Philippine News Agency (Mar 5): Sulu people in Sabah urged to rally behind Malaysia gov't
The people of Sulu descent in the country, particularly in Sabah, should support
the government's offensive against Sulu invaders in Kampung Tanduo here, said
Defense Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
"The offensive is targeted against Sulu terrorists. I hope that our Sulu
friends in Sabah and nationwide will be with the government.
"We must distinguish between the Sulu terrorists and Sulu people in Sabah
whether they are Malaysian citizens or permanent residents," he told a joint
news conference with Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein at Felda
Residence Sahabat, about 130 km from here, Tuesday.
Calling on Sulu people not to be hoodwinked by rumours that action will be
taken against them, Ahmad Zahid said the government would protect the interests
of the people in the country.
He said the three branches of the armed forces would be stationed at
strategic locations to prevent the possibility of another intrusion on Sabah's