From the Sun Daily (Jul 16): Nur Misuari behind latest incursion in Sabah
KUCHING: Former Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari (pix) has been identified as the mastermind behind snatch-and-grab operations in eastern Sabah.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi fingered Nur Misuari as the man responsible for the latest incursion at Pulau Mabul, off Semporna, where a marine police corporal was shot dead while his colleague was abducted on Saturday.
Speaking after breaking fast with police personnel at the state police headquarters yesterday, Ahmad Zahid said investigations reveal that Misuari had been using mercenary groups from south Philippines to carry out kidnap operations along the eastern coast of Sabah.
He said they were carried out to raise funds to revive the front’s military wing, besides trying to re-exert its influence in the southern Philippines.
It is common knowledge, he said, that Nur Misuari is not getting support, and is not involved in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) peace deal signed by the government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to resolve the Mindanao conflict in March.
“We do not have any direct relationship with Nur Misuari, but we believe he has a bigger agenda, and is conspiring with individuals who are said to be part of the Sulu Sultanate, which aims to take over Sabah,” said the minister, adding that Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) officials are sharing intelligence with Philippine security authorities on the issue.
Heavily armed men from a southern Philippines militant group had arrived in two boats and attacked the Smart Water Bungalow Resort at Pulau Mabul about 11pm last Saturday.
Besides M-16 assault rifles, the group reportedly had a M40 heavy machine gun and a rocket launcher.
In a shootout with police who had arrived earlier to patrol the island, the kidnappers gunned down Cpl Abdul Rajah Jamuan, 32, before abducting his colleague, marine police constable Zakia Aleip, 26.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar subsequently said Zakia had contacted his 23-year-old wife, Sharifah Erna Benson, on Sunday night and informed her that he was "okay" but was being held by his captors.
Khalid said police strongly believe the gunmen were aided by local moles who provided them with information on their target prior to the attack.
Authorities believe the latest incident was motivated by revenge and anger following intense action against them by Malaysian security forces.
"The intruders wanted revenge because commandos from the Malaysian armed forces and the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) had penetrated their fortress and rescued a Chinese national recently," Ahmad Zahid had been quoted as saying.
Police had last Thursday rescued a Chinese fish farmer abducted by five armed men in Pulau Baik, Lahad Datu on May 6.
Based on the resort's closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) footage, police believe it was the same group that pulled off a robbery at a fish farm at Kampung Bangau-Bangau on July 7.
The activity was attended by 200 female and 110 male participants comprising students and other sectors of society. The program commenced with a welcome remarks by Honorable Raul Gardose in behalf of the Upi Local Government Unit.
The event was aired live on the community radio/TV station DXUP Teleradyo.
Shiek Esmael Tuanadatu, talked on leadership in Islam and the significance of Zakat and Sadaqa.
“In Islam, poverty is defined based on an individual’s failure to perform his obligations to Allah that is why Muslims leaders are encourage to look after the plight of the poor in their communities”, Sheikh Tuanadatu said.
“The payment of Zakat on incomes derived from employment, business and agricultural products is obligatory to Muslims as revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)”, he further said.
“History proves that zakat is an effective tool to alleviate poverty. During the period of Caliph Umar bin Al Khattab and Umar bin Abdul Aziz poverty was completely eliminated”, Sheikh Tuanadatu also said..
“However, with the fall of Islamic Empire and the increasing European influence during the colonial period, Zakat Institutions have lost their glory”, he continued saying.
Shiek Kaharudin Dagit, a member of Kutawato Province Da’wah Committee, resource person for Significance of Ramadhan, reminded the participants that Ramadan is month of sacrifice for Muslims where they fast from sunrise to sunset without food, drinks and sexual activity with their spouse.
Shiek Dagit Said: “Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar; a blessed month; the best month in a year, and the month to achieve Jannah (Paradise). Fasting or ”Shawm” during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, pillars are referred as duties.”
Fasting in Islam does not mean only refraining from eating and drinking, but from every kind of selfish desire and wrong-doings.
The fast is not merely of the body, but essentially that of the spirit as well. The physical fast is a symbol and outward expression of the real, inner fast.
Director Nasser Pulindao of Information Committee of Moro Islamic Liberation Front, (MILF) gave updates on the GPH-MILF peace process.
Director Pulindao told his audience that the special meeting between the GPH and MILF Peace Panels which started on July 8 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and lasted for 4 days yielded modest progress, as contained in their joint statement.
In the joint statement issued at the end of the meeting, it said that, “They achieved modest progress and identified consensus language in the light of signed agreements” and “resolved to continue working together to come up with a mutually acceptable draft Bangsamoro Basic Law” (BBL).
“It provided the panels the opportunity to clarify misperceptions and affirm the intent and sincerity of the parties to abide by the signed agreements”, part of the joint statement cited by Pulindao.
The role of women in the family and society were also discussed by a member of SWC Kutawato Province. She said: That every mother must guide her children especially her daughter/s when using new gadgets like mobile phone, because if it is not used properly, it may lead to ”zina” or immoral acts with severe punishment from Allah. Use cellphone as medium of communication by sending the words of Allah and other important information to family members and friends.
In the open forum, a teacher from Upi Agricultural School, inquired if the school can obtained a copy of the Bangsamoro Basic Law?
Director Pulindao said that the BBL is still in the Office of the President and to be submitted to Congress as urgent bill on or before July 28 and when it resumes its session, the two chambers will deliberate on it, enact into law for the Bangsamoro. After the passage of the BBL and signed by the president, it shall be ratified in a plebiscite in areas mentioned in the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB).