The Story behind Cession Money

by Kadir Mohamad

http://www.thestar.com.my

I REFER to Prof Ranjit Singh’s article, “It’s time to close the chapter” (Sunday Star, March 10) in which he argued that Malaysia should immediately stop paying the so-called quit rent or cession money to the heirs of the ancient Sultanate of Sulu.

I am surprised that historian Ranjit Singh had failed to mention that the cession money which is still being paid to the heirs of the Sultan of Sulu until this day is in fulfillment of a High Court of North Borneo order of 1938, which allowed the petition of nine Sulu heirs to receive and share between them the RM5,300 (at today’s rate) annual payment that was previously made to the Sultan of Sulu before he died in 1936.

The Sultan died without leaving any direct heirs. That was why nine less direct descendants of his were recognised and allowed to inherit the money at that time.

And the text of the 1938 judgment made it clear that the right to the money had nothing whatsoever to do with any question of sovereignty.

In my view, Malaysia needs to continue honouring the 1938 court judgment because any violation of a court order can be challenged in court by interested parties. Malaysia should not allow such an opportunity to arise. Many dubious heirs, I am sure, are simply waiting for such a public relations opportunity.

A court order must be carried out unless a settlement is made to settle the matter out of court.The nine heirs who received the court judgment in 1938 have all died.

We simply do not know how many people now claim to be the second or third generation of heirs.This adds to the problem of finding the genuine heirs to settle the issue of cession money, perhaps in a lump sum payment.

The more difficult issue, however, is how to get the Philippines Government to drop their so-called Sabah claim since the Philippines Government has taken the position that it is maintaining that claim because the heirs had given them the right to do so in 1962.

As such, Malaysia should never effect a final settlement with the heirs unless Manila officially drops their so-called claim to Sabah at the same time.

Then, there is this question about a self-proclaimed Sultan who sent some followers to create trouble and kill people in Sabah.

In this 21st century, any attempt by any individual to claim other people’s territory as a state belonging to him should be treated merely as a black comedy.

This is particularly so since the so-called Sultan is merely one of several pretenders who have no land to call their own kingdom and whose position has no legal standing in their own country.

Finally, everyone should take note that in 2001 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejected the attempt by the Philippines to intervene in the case between Malaysia and Indonesia citing that they had a legal interest in the matter before the court.

The sentiment of the court was reflected by Judge Ad Hoc Frank who wrote, in his separate judgment: “Modern international law does not recognize the survival of a right to sovereignty based solely on historic title; not in any event after an exercise of self determination conducted (in Sabah in 1962) in accordance with the requisites of international law, the bona fides of which has received international recognition by the political organs of the United Nations. Against this, historic claims and pre colonial titles are mere relics of another international legal era, one that ended with the setting of the sun on the age of colonial imperium”.

KADIR MOHAMAD, Cyberjaya–  Secretary-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy Adivsor to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Agent for Malaysia in the ICJ case between Malaysia and Indonesia, during which the Philippines tried to intervene in 2001 but was disallowed by the court.

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Hentikan bayaran kepada waris Kesultanan Sulu, kata Karpal

KUALA LUMPUR – Peguam Karpal Singh berkata kerajaan harus segera menghentikan bayaran penyerahan wilayah tahunan sebanyak RM5,300 kepada individu yang mendakwa diri keturunan Kesultanan Sulu.
   
Karpal berpendapat bayaran itu adalah suatu kesilapan terutama selepas Sabah mencapai kemerdekaan dan berkata keturunan Kesultanan itu tidak mempunyai locus standi bagi menerima bayaran berkenaan.
   
“Hanya kerajaan Filipina mengambil beberapa langkah dalam membuat tuntutan ke atas hak wilayah Sabah kepada Mahkamah Keadilan Antarabangsa (ICJ), namun selepas lawatan rasmi bekas Presiden Ferdinand Marcos pada lewat 1960-an dan perlakuan pentadbiran selepas beliau, mereka sudah mengetepikan tuntutan itu.
   
“Ini boleh dilihat dengan jelas daripada tindakan kedua-dua kerajaan yang bersetuju mempertingkat hubungan diplomatik daripada status konsulat kepada duta, (yang membuktikan bahawa) kemerdekaan Sabah diiktiraf kerajaan Filipina,” katanya ketika ditemui di Kompleks Mahkamah di sini hari ini.
   
Karpal juga berkata beliau bersetuju dengan pendirian tegas kerajaan yang tidak mahu berunding dengan penceroboh dan penggunaan kekerasan bagi mengusir mereka dari Sabah.
   
“Pasukan keselamatan tidak seharusnya membenarkan sebarang kesilapan keselamatan selanjutnya dengan bertindak segera menghapus segala unsur ekstremis yang mungkin masih wujud di Sabah,” katanya. – Bernama

Video Gempur Lahad Datu

SEMINAR PENCERAHAN: PUNCA & PENYELESAIAN PENCEROBOHAN DI SABAH

 

ULASAN:

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarokatuhu…

Setelah hampir sejam berbincang dengan Puan Sabariah Abdullah petang kelmarin di pejabat Saba Islamic Media Sdn Bhd, maka beliau mengambil keputusan untuk membantu menyelamatkan keadaan dengan menganjurkan mini seminar di ruang IIS supaya para NGO dan mereka yang mencintai keamanan mendapat pencerahan.

Kerajaan dan rakyat Malaysia wajib diberikan pencerahan bagaimana konflik Sulu bermula semenjak zaman kolonialis sehingga selepas perang dunia ke II, konflik Sulu dengan Filipina yang kemudian membawa kepada pencerobohan sebilangan kecil pengaku Tentera Diraja Sulu KIRAM ke Sabah. 

Dalam seminar mini ini saya selaku penceramah akan cuba memberikan pencerahan sebaik mungkin untuk membantu meleraikan permasalahan ke arah satu tindakan “menang-menang” kepada umat Islam Sulu dan umat Islam Malaysia. Sangat jelas, kesengsaraan umat Islam Sulu yang sejarah perangnya lebih panjang dan lebih berdarah dari PALESTIN itu telah pun ditunggangi oleh anasir luar.

Oleh yang demikian, saya akan membentangkan juga beberapa analisis siapa sebenarnya yang MENUNGGANGI sebilangan kecil masyarakat Sulu ini. 

Antara tajuk yang akan dibahas ialah:

  • Sejarah Peperangan Sulu dengan Spanyol secara ringkas.
  • Pemilikan Sabah dari Brunei kepada Sulu, kemudian kepada Inggeris secara Pajak dan disambung oleh Malaysia.
  • Benarkah wilayah Sulu itu berjaya menjadi wilayah Filipino? Apakah akibatnya kalau pengaku Sultan Sulu itu menjadi Filipino?
  • Menjelaskan secara ringkas tentang sejarah MNLF, MILF dan Abu Sayyaf serta peranan Tun Datu Mustapha membantu saudara seagamanya di Sulu mempertahankan diri dari serangan Filipina tahun 1972.
  • Perseteruan Keluarga Kiram dengan Tun Datu Mustapha sebelum North Borneo sertai Persekutuan Malaysia 16 September 1963.
 
Juga akan membahas, bagaimana cara kenaikan Sultan Sulu yang sah di masa akan datang yang diangkat Rakyat Jelata Sulu akan menjadikan SABAH itu menjadi KEKAL berada dalam tangan MALAYSIA sampai kiamat. Satu rahsia yang tidak pernah diketahui oleh sejarahwan kita hari ini bahawa dengan mematuhi perjanjian pajakan 1878 itu, Sabah akan kekal ditangan PEMAJAK buat selama-lamanya selama mana PEMAJAK itu mematuhi konteks SYARAT “SELAMA ADA BULAN DAN BINTANG NORTH BORNEO ITU KEKAL SEBAGAI PAJAK. Maka Bulan dan Bintang ini akan dibahas secara mudah difahami sebagaimana yang difahami oleh masyarakat Sulu.
 
Kaedah Bulan dan Bintang sebenarnya akan memerangkap KIRAM.
 
Jumpa di hari seminar, Wassalam.

PEMBONGKARAN! – Cerita Disebalik Pencerobohan Sultan Sulu Di Lahad Datu

Isu serangan penceroboh semakin menjadi-jadi apabila beberapa orang lagi anggota keselamatan kita terbunuh dan juga ada juga yang di culik dalam pertempuran yang berlaku di Semporna. Sultan Sulu kata negeri Sabah hanya diberi pinjam kepada Malaysia sahaja. Menuntut hak mereka kembali agar negeri Sabah kembali di bawah naungan pemerintahan mereka. 

Mari kita baca Kronologi ini :

– Akhir tahun lalu gerakan Kesultanan Sulu Darul Islam yang dipimpin oleh Sultan Bantilan Muhammad Muizzuddin II di Jolo Sulu telah diberikan laporan dari Tawi-Tawi bahawa ada satu gerakan bersenjata sedang berlatih dengan keahlian lebih kurang 400 orang lelaki. Mereka ialah gerakan keluarga Punjungan Kiram dari Pulau Simunul menurut laporan tersebut.

– Sultan Bantilan II kemudian mengeluarkan kenyataan kepada wakilnya di Tawi-Tawi agar tidak melibatkan diri dengan mana-mana pihak bersenjata. Maka sekiranya ada ahli SSDI (Sultaniyah Sulu Darul Islam) yang terlibat maka SSDI berlepas diri dari sebarang tanggungjawab, yakni SSDI tiada kaitan dengan mereka.

– Sultan Bantilan II juga menghantar mesej ke Sabah khusus kepada ahli SSDI yang sedang bekerja di sana agar memastikan ahlinya tidak terlibat dengan sebarang gerakan bersenjata. Sekiranya ada minta dilaporkan ke Istana seberapa segera. Kerana menurut pandangan Sultan Bantilan, kemungkinan gerakan bersenjata KIRAM tersebut adalah untuk sabotaj gerakan Kesultanan Sulu (SSDI).

– Tiga hari sebelum pihak bersenjata KIRAM masuk ke Lahad Datu, Sabah, Istana Sultan Bantilan II di Jolo mendapat maklumat bahawa ada dua bot besar sedang bersiap menuju ke Sabah sarat dengan senjata berat dan dikatakan punya misi untuk berperang.

– Menurut laporan dari Tawi-Tawi mereka ini ditertawakan oleh para penyokong Sultan Sulu lain kerana menurut mereka mana mungkin dengan hanya dua bot sebesar itu dan tentera yang bilangannya boleh dibilang dengan jari kaki dapat menewaskan tentera Malaysia yang serba lengkap itu. Mereka dianggap bunuh diri. Bagi Sultan Bantilan di Jolo pula, gerakan bersenjata KIRAM ini ada pihak yang lebih besar main dibelakang mereka.

– Kemudian beberapa hari kemudian mereka telah sampai ke Lahad Datu yang menurut laporan mereka sampai dulu di Felda Sahabat 17. Dari dua bot itu yang satu telah berjaya dipintas malah dikatakan telah karam. Manakala yang satu lagi berjaya mendarat dan terus berkubu.

– Menurut laporan dalam kumpulan Kiram itu terdapat seorang lelaki berkulit putih memakai baju celoreng. Pelbagai spekulasi timbul selepas itu berkenaan kehadiran lelaki kulit putih tersebut dalam kumpulan penceroboh itu. Namun menurut Sultan Bantilan II di Jolo, SSDI tidak boleh mengeluarkan kenyataan spekulasi berkenaan kehadiran kulit putih tersebut kemungkinan hanyalah rekaan untuk mengaiktan pencerobohan itu dengan tentera Balikatan USA yang sekarang sedang berkubu di Tawi-Tawi dan Jolo.

– Lahad Datu tiba-tiba kecoh bak diserang garuda. Huru-hara dari pasar ke kampung-kampung. Ada yang yang seperti meracau tak tentu pasal kerana berasakan Lahad Datu bakal menjadi medan pertempuran ala filem Holywood. Dikhabarkan dari saksi mata, bahawa mereka yang berkubu di Lahad Datu itu memang nekad dan sarat dengan senjata berat. Mengambil posisi strategik dan nampaknya mereka seperti sudah biasa berperang. Almaklum latihan tentera mereka berbulan bulan sejak tahun lalu.

– Ada laporan sebahagian mereka itu adalah bekas tentera MNLF yang sudah lama mufarakah dari MNLF. Mereka adalah dari suku Tausug yang GAGGIL (degil) dan selalu melanggar arahan ketua. Menurut saksi mata yang telah ambil video sebagaimana yang dilaporkan dalam Facebook wajah-wajah mereka seperti sudah hilang seri walau pun kelihatan menakutkan. Hilang seri seperti tanda bahawa mereka bakal mati katak di tangan tentera Malaysia. Rambut sebahagian mereka panjang sebagai melambangkan kepahlawanan Tausug yang walau pun nampak kalah secara lojik namun dianggarkan dapat bertahan berbulan bulan malah mungkin bertahun. Mereka dapat bertahan begitu kerana mungkin berjaya berenang larikan diri semula ke pulau Tawi-Tawi. Selamat.

Pelbagai tuduhan dan spekulasi bergema di mana-mana. Ada yang kata ia perancangan USA-Filipina untuk dapatkan semula Sabah demi Minyak di Laut Sulu dan Spratly. Ada yang katakan bahawa kemungkinan ia adalah kerja MNLF dan ABU SAYYAF kerana marah pada Malaysia yang menyokong MILF dalam perjanjian damai tahun lalu. Ada juga yang kata ia dilakukan oleh kumpulan politikus dari Filipina untuk dapatkan pampasan demi menampung kos kempen pilihanraya ARMM tidak lama lagi di Sulu-Mindanau.

– Akhirnya bocor rahsia setelah tunggang-langgang mencari jawapan, bahawa mereka itu adalah tentera KIRAM yang kemudian didapati mereka seperti ditipu dengan janji-janji pelik. Kemungkinan besar ada yang dijanjikan tanah seluas beribu ekar, ladang kelapa sawit berhektar, dan mungkin ada yang dijanjikan dengan hanya diberikan seluar LEVI’S 501. Yang lebih pelik kedengaran janji bahawa mereka kalau dah sampai ke Sabah, wakil Inggeris sedang sedia dengan berguni USD untuk diberikan kepada mereka. Nampak seperti bergurau dan melucukan. Mungkin saja benar mungkin saja tidak walau pun mungkin terbukti mereka dihantar untuk dijadikan umpan untuk dibunuh oleh MALAYSIA.

– Nyata sekali mereka adalah perangkap kepada MALAYSIA menurut analisis alternatif di tepi jalan. Mereka yang masuk kelihatan sedikit dan senang dimakan, namun ia bahaya sebagaimana bahayanya ikan buntal yang kecil tapi jerung pun takut termakannya. Sebesar mana pun ikan jerung dengan gigi semula jadi tajam namun takut termakan ikan buntal.

– Mereka berkata, kalau Malaysia lepaskan tembakan dan berjaya membunuh mereka maka PASUKAN YANG LEBIH BESAR akan datang. Ikan-ikan buntal yang datang kemudian ini akan dilemparkan ke seluruh pantai timur Sabah. Namun, kalau Malaysia berjaya menghalau mereka secara aman tanpa berlaku apa-apa. Nyata sekali misi ikan-ikan buntal akan gagal. 

– Sultan Bantilan II di Jolo sebagai ketua gerakan SSDI yang bergerak secara aman tanpa senjata, menyeru saudara-saudara seagama di Malaysia agar cepat memformasikan satu jawatankuasa bertindak dengan menghimnpun sejarahwan Malaysia dan Sulu. Duduk semeja memandang positif kepada gerakan Kesultanan Sulu secara aman ini. Malaysia harus bertindak dahulu sebelum ia berlarutan menjadi benda lain. Gerakan Kesultanan Sulu semakin mendapat tempat. Kiram walau pun tindakannya kali ini sangat menjadikannya tidak popular malah menjadikannya sebagai keluarga kesultanan Sulu yang selamanya melakukan kesilapan. Namun sekurang-kurangnya tindakan subersif KIRAM ini dapat membuka mata Malaysia betapa masanya sudah tiba untuk MEMBICARAKAN KESULTANAN SULU.

Keluarga Kiram sangat terancam dengan gerakan Kesultanan Sulu Darul Islam (SSDI) yang dijalankan oleh Sultan Bantilan II di kepulauan Sulu saat ini. Perarakan demi perarakan secara aman oleh rakyat SSDI selama 6 tahun sehingga kini menjadikan keluarga KIRAM perlu “DO SOMETHING”. Kerana menurut KIRAM, SABAH dan SULU itu adalah milik keluarganya, bukan milik kerajaan SULU yang mana ia bukan milik pribadi mana-mana Datu pun melainkan ia hak rakyat Sulu secara keseluruhan. KIRAM tidak pernah belajar dari kesilapannya yang lalu. Mereka sangat ketinggalan dari pengetahuan sejarah sekali pun generasi muda Tausug sudah berjaya menulis pelbagai buku sejarah Sulu.

Sabah: Ground Zero

Sabah – A prized catch

Gabungan Pribumi Prihatin Sabah (Coalition of Concerned Sabah Natives)

The incident involving a large group of Sulu warriors (Royal Army of Sulu) currently locked in a standoff with Malaysian authorities at Lahad Datu in Sabah is not merely about the Sultanate of Sulu enforcing its ancestral claims on Sabah.

Do not be misled as this current unfolding of events is the beginning of a much sinister ploy. Sabah is ground zero in a conspiracy perpetrated by very powerful entities and the Filipino Muslims rebels currently at standoff with Malaysian authorities are merely pawns in a game where lives are ‘meant’ to be lost for a deceptive cause. Claims that Sulu warriors landed in Sabah because the Sulu Sultanate was left out of the recent peace process brokered by Malaysia between Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippines Government is NOT REALLY THE FACT!
The following are some facts and evidence that reveal why Sabah is Ground Zero:
 
1. The SMOKESCREEN?
 
This ship – USS GUARDIAN – ran aground in Tubbataha Reefs in Philippines on Jan 17, 2013.
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The USS Guardian, after it ran aground in Tubbataha Reefs is pictured on Jan. 17, 2013, by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command.

 
This ship was ‘deliberately’ made to sail off-course. Imagine with the latest equipment on board and having sailed through the same route many times, this minesweeper ship was unable to differentiate the reefs from the waters.

Despite being warned repeatedly by Tubbataha Reef Marine Rangers, the USS Guardian commander refused to listen and stop.

He even ordered his crew to get into ‘battle position’ when the rangers tried to get on board to make a routine inspection on the ship after it ran aground.
Until today, it remains a mystery: Why were they even near Tubbataha? The Sulu Sea is so vast, and it takes hours from Puerto Princesa to reach it. Why couldn’t they see it when they had all the state-of-the-art maps and navigation systems?” asked Jose Ma. Lorenzo, World Wildlife Fund-Philippines chief executive officer.

THIS is what Philippines Department of Transportation and Communication SecretaryJoseph Emilio Abaya said of the US Sailors on board USS Guardian:  “Some say they probably enjoyed too much of an RnR in Subic, some said error in digital charts, some say they were doing a different thing there on their own…..”

In other words, the Secretary was trying to imply that USS Guardian was running its own ‘clandestine’ operation.
(For further read on the USS GUARDIAN issue, please go to: http://globalnation.inquirer.net)
Could it be that this incident created a smokescreen for some other activities to take place in the Sulu Sea and adjoining Celebs Sea?
* The date of the incident was Jan 17, 2013.
* Members of the self-styled Royal Army of Sulu invaded Sabah on Feb 11, 2013, which is 24 days later.
There was a flurry of activities involving US ships as well as rescue and salvage ships in the Sulu Sea since the Jan 17 incident at Tubbahata Reef region. As a matter of fact, the crew on board USS Guardian were quickly rescued and whisked away to a Japan safe zone. Why were they not brought to Philippines which is the most logical thing to do? Could it be that all this activities that ensued in the Sulu Sea could have provided an opening for hundreds of speed boats with Sulu warriors to sail into Sabah undetected?

Something is just not right with the USS Guardian.

2. The BACK CHANNEL MAN aka DOUBLE AGENT
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Philippines Senator Antonio ‘Sonny’ Fuentes Trillanes IV, a former Navy Lieutenant is the man who knows exactly what is going on Sabah.
Trillanes IV (born 6 August 1971 in Manila, Philippines) is a Philippine military and political figure. (You can find his details in Wikipedia). He is best known for his role in the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny when he and a group of 321 armed soldiers took over the Oakwood apartment towers in Makati City, lined them with bombs and threatened to demolish them because they were tired of corruption in the army and called for the ousting of then-President Gloria Aroyo. He is an incumbent Senator of the Philippines, the first Philippine Senator to be elected while in jail.
Now, he has called on President Aquino’s administration to make known its policy on the country’s claim to Sabah and on the standoff between Malaysian security forces and a group of armed warriors loyal to Sultan of Sulu in the eastern Malaysian territory.
Trillanes was President Aquino’s backchannel link to Beijing at the height of tensions between the Philippines and China over a territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) last year. Trillanes, as told to reporters in Manila recently, is the person responsible for directly briefing President Aquino on the Sabah situation. But some in Philippines claim he is a double agent.
He is known to get things done by playing to Washington’s tune. When he was advising Aquino during the tensions with China, he did his job fairly well by getting sound advice from the Americans while sweet talking to the Chinese at the same time. Leaked diplomatic cables reveal that one or two American special agents will always be trailing Trillanes each time he met with top Chinese Government officials, be it in China or Manila, during the crisis negotiations. And the Chinese probably knew it too, but they were busy playing their own games with the Americans and the Filipinos.
Regarding the standoff issue in Sabah, Trillanes was quoted as saying: “It was high time the Department of Foreign Affairs articulated the government’s policy on Sabah. Until then we’ll have to withhold further comment because this is a very sensitive issue and it involves the lives of our countrymen in Sabah”.
It appears that Trillanes knows that some lives could be lost in the Sabah standoff.
 
3. Toothless Tiger  Grows FANGS
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Sultan Jamalul Kiram III has been a toothless tiger for a very long time as he is plagued by a lot of problems, from family infightings, health issues, financial difficulty and rivals claiming his throne, more than a dozen to speak.
One just has to read www.fakesulusultans.com to catch a glimpse of how many ‘sultans’ are claiming the one throne in Sulu.
Jamalul Kiram knows his kingdom is not safe in his hands, and he suffers from liver ailment as well as other illnesses, and lives in constant fear that someone will poison him to claim his throne.
But then, suddenly, the toothless tiger Jamalul Kiram grows fangs and claws. He orders his troops, helmed by his crown prince, to invade Sabah knowing very well that the full might of the Malaysian army will be upon his men.
How did this happen? Any by the way, Jamalul Kiram is still undergoing treatment at a Manila hospital for liver ailment.
This begs the question, who is behind Jamalul Kiram’s renewed vigour in claiming Sabah?
Who gave money to the Sulu warriors aka ROYAL SULU ARMY to buy speed boats, fuel, food, clothes and weapons that include M16 and M14 rifles, M16 carbines and M203 grenade launchers?
This only means one thing –
SOMEONE IS BANKROLLING THE ENTIRE OPERATION.
And the troops that came in via sea were taken in and cared by those living in Sabah, reinforcing the fact that sleeper cells have been activated. Sleeper cells are activated when orders are given to them together with funds as proof of an assignment’s authenticity.
 
4. Sulu Royalties Seek AMERICAN Help To Claim Sabah
While poor old Sultan Jamalul Kiram is having it hard in the Philippines, six of his close relatives and heirs are living the American dream. They reportedly have become American citizens.
Upon receiving news that their patriarch is mounting a challenge to reclaim Sabah, Jamalul Kiram’s relatives, nephews and nieces are very excited. They are so excited with the prospects of reclaiming Sabah that they now want the United States and President Barack Obama to help Sultan Jamalul Kiram with his claim.
Former Senator Santanina Rasul, one of  Jamalul Kiram’s relatives and heirs who lay claim over Sabah, told journalists that one of her sons, Abraham Rasul Jr is an American citizen and has right to claim his share in the inheritance of Sabah.
The articles on Sulu Sultan heirs to ask US help on Sabah can be read here:
 
5. Did PKR duo find facts on CONMAN in Manila or did they learn more?
In early February 2013, two PKR politicians from Malaysian went to Manila to probe on Aman Futures Group conman Manuel Amalilion who defrauded Filipinos of 12 billion pesos in a Ponzi scheme.

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The duo told Malaysians that they are going to Manila on a fact finding mission on Manuel Amalilio and his Aman Futures Group. They took a Friday night flight, stayed in Manila on Saturday and returned to KL the following day.
The Question is – why did they go to Manila on a fact finding mission when almost 99% of victims swindled by Amalilio were in the Mindanao and Visayas regions? After all, Manuel’s office and centre of operations was in Pagadian City, a city that is1,113km away from Manila.
What were they actually doing in Manila?
Did they meet a CIA agent there under instructions from Anwar Ibrahim’s American contact, or did they meet an agent of Nur Misuari, leader of rebel group Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)?
Or did they meet an agent of Sultan Jamalul Kiram?
After all, the Sultan is undergoing dialysis treatment in a hospital in Manila. Indeed, hours after landing in Manila, they did meet someone who resembled a special agent. It’s no secret that PKR boss has very close ties with the CIA as well as Philippine rebel groups, and is in a position to help US set up a Navy base in Sabah should his coalition form the new federal government (Read http://sabahdigadai.blogspot.com).
 
6. The MANUEL AMALILIO – SULU SULTANATE CONNECTION
 Before we explain further, please read the court proceeding in Philippines as reported in:http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/2012/11/28/pagadian-mayor-wife-charged-syndicated-estafa-255647
Manuel Amalilio was under the radar of Philippines internal security agency for supporting terrorism activities. After all, he took thousands of Filipino Muslims to the dry cleaners by promising to double up their money with his preposterous scam. Many Filipino Muslims supported him because he projected a greater cause, which is to make the poor Filipino Muslim community wealthier.
He was often seen praying five times a day and making frequent quotes from the Holy Quran while speaking to investors.
“Philippines Justice Secretary De Lima confirmed the National Bureau of Investigations received intelligence information stating that the multi-billion peso windfall from Aman’s (futures group) pyramiding scheme is being used to finance the activities of a terrorist group”.
The above is the actual quote from justice secretary Leila Magistrado De Lima as reported in Philippines media after syndicated estafa charges were filed on Pagadian City Mayor Samuel Co and his wife Priscilla Ann in the wake of the Aman Futures Group Scam end of last year. That is the actual reason why Malaysian police scrambled to stop the deportation of the conman at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport on Jan 25, 2013.
 Manuel Amalilio was in a position to provide Malaysian security forces with valuable information on terrorists/rebel groups such as Abu Sayyaf, MNLF and the Royal Sulu Army that could threaten the security in the region.
So despite knowing it would turn out to be a public relations disaster, Malaysian Authorities proceeded to block Manuel’s deportation. The backlash received by Malaysian Authorities was severe but nonetheless, it was justifiable and worth the trouble. During interrogation, Manuel has spilled the beans on who he was feeding the money to, and it appears that he is not only a conman, but an enemy to the state of Sabah.
Dozens of payment from these banks (list provided by Philippines Justice Department) indicate that they could have found its way to the hands of terrorist and rebel groups that wanted to derail the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement for peace.
Among the banks covered by the freeze order (on Aman Group’s assets) were the Land Bank of the Philippines; Bank of the Philippine Islands; Banco de Oro; Unibank; Allied Bank; Bank of Commerce; BPI Family Savings Bank; China Banking Corp.; Citibank, NA; Development Bank of the Philippines, East West Bank; Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Corp.; Metrobank; One Network Bank; Orix Metro Leasing and Finance Company; Philippine Bank of Communication; Philippine Savings Bank; RCBC; Security Bank; Standard Chartered Bank; Union Bank; UCPB; and Philippine National Bank.
7. The UNSEEN HANDS
The standoff in Sabah, and its timing, validates the fact that powerful, unseen hands are behind it.
There is a resemblance to many uprisings in the world!
Through highly specialised covert operations, the Government of many countries have fallen.
And often, these clandestine operations are carried out by private defence contractors and mercenaries appointed by the US Government.
The situation in Sabah is no different.
8. The SPOILS
Sabah, it appears, is a prized catch.
For the American, there is a dire need to enhance and strengthen their military presence in the Southeast Asia region, especially to contain China’s rising power. After Philippines closed its doors on US Clark Naval Base, America has since been looking for another base, ideally in the South China Sea.
Getting its ‘hands’ on Sabah by backing a new Government that will bend to its wishes will be the ideal scenario for US. There will be a lot of spill-over effects. It should also be noted that Sabah has oil and gas reserves as big as Kuwait’s.
Besides, there are abundant natural resources and vast mineral deposits such as coal, gold, copper, limestone and etc.
As for some Opposition politicians in Malaysia, the fall of Sabah will signify the ruling coalition, one of the oldest Governments in the world, losing its fixed deposit and hence losing power after a rule of 50 over years.
 
CONCLUSION
The standoff in Sabah has all the trademarks of a cleverly orchestrated plan to topple the current administrators of Sabah with influence from world superpowers. The Sulu Sultanate claim is just a smokescreen.
Common sense will show, if Sulu Sultanate wanted to claim back Sabah, why only NOW ???

Sultan Sulu Bertitah