Updated: Thu, 07 Mar 2013 04:00:00 GMT | By AFP
A sombre mood in Lahad Datu

Police commissioner of Malaysia's state of Sabah, Hamza Taib, leaves after a meeting at a police base near Lahad Datu on Borneo island



A special police force guards the area near the location where armed men are holding off, during a visit by a minister in Sahabat 17 plantation farm, outside Lahad Datu on Borneo (© Bazuki Muhammad, REUTERS)
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  • A special police force guards the area near the location where armed men are holding off, during a visit by a minister in Sahabat 17 plantation farm, outside Lahad Datu on Borneo (© Bazuki Muhammad, REUTERS)
  • A special police force guards the area near the location where armed men are holding off, during a visit by a minister in Sahabat 17 plantation farm, outside Lahad Datu on Borneo (© Bazuki Muhammad, REUTERS)
  • A special police force guards the area near the location where armed men are holding off, during a visit by a minister in Sahabat 17 plantation farm, outside Lahad Datu on Borneo (© Bazuki Muhammad, REUTERS)
  • A special police force guards the area near the location where armed men are holding off, during a visit by a minister in Sahabat 17 plantation farm, outside Lahad Datu on Borneo (© Bazuki Muhammad, REUTERS)
  • A special police force guards the area near the location where armed men are holding off, during a visit by a minister in Sahabat 17 plantation farm, outside Lahad Datu on Borneo (© Bazuki Muhammad, REUTERS)
  • A special police force guards the area near the location where armed men are holding off, during a visit by a minister in Sahabat 17 plantation farm, outside Lahad Datu on Borneo (© Bazuki Muhammad, REUTERS)
  • A special police force guards the area near the location where armed men are holding off, during a visit by a minister in Sahabat 17 plantation farm, outside Lahad Datu on Borneo (© Bazuki Muhammad, REUTERS)
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UPDATED: At least 13 suspected Philippine militants were killed by Malaysian security forces after reports of bombing, mortar attacks and troops rounding up Lahad Datu area. From the weeks-long of stand-off with the rebels, it is reported that a total of 40 men were killed, including Malaysian policemen. Security is combing through plantations that some of the rebels have escaped into.

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Sultan Jamalul Kiram said his followers -- some 400 people including 20 gunmen -- were resolute in staying despite being cornered by security forces, with the Kuala Lumpur government insisting the group return to the Philippines. "Why should we leave our own home? In fact they (the Malaysians) are paying rent (to us)," he told reporters in Manila. "Our followers will stay in (the Sabah town of) Lahad Datu. Nobody will be sent to the Philippines. Sabah is our home," he said.

The sultan did not directly threaten violence but said "there will be no turning back for us". Malaysian officials have said that many of the group have weapons, but Kiram insisted his followers made the trip unarmed.

"If they have arms, they were already in Sabah," the sultan said. The southern Philippine-based Islamic sultanate once controlled parts of Borneo, including the site of the stand-off, and its heirs have been receiving a nominal yearly compensation package from Malaysia under a long-standing agreement for possession of Sabah.

Kiram said he was prompted to send the group to Sabah after the sultanate was left out of a framework agreement sealed in October between Manila and Filipino Muslim rebels, which paves the way for an autonomous area in the southern Philippines that is home to the Muslim minority of the largely-Christian nation.

The sultanate's spokesman, Abraham Idjirani, later said the sultan's brother Raja Muda Abimuddin Kiram, who led the group to Sabah, had told him via telephone that the party was preparing to stay.

"The objective is to reside now in that place permanently, considering the sultanate owns Sabah by rights of sovereignty," he told AFP.

Click next to see photos of Malaysian special forces on duty in Lahad Datu.

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83Comments
Feb 19, 2013 7:48PM
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Phillipine government does not recognize this demised sultanate and why in the world that Malaysia government has to recognozed this demised sultanate heirs? No bargain and no negotiating.......just kick their asses! For me they are just a bunch of crooks!

Feb 19, 2013 7:28PM
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Seriously??!! Why are we negotiating with terrorists?
Feb 19, 2013 8:10PM
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Screw them!! How dare they treat our land as their own!
Feb 19, 2013 9:22PM
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Learn from sri lanka how they handled the terrorist problem there. No one has eradicated terrorism completely from their land todate, not even the big brothers like USA, except sri lanka. Get them before they get you. There must not a place for people like this to  come to ones land and just claim like that. If you don't handle this fast and effectively, very soon, there will be groups claiming parts of peninsular malaysia too. You must put an immediate stop to this. No one must negotiate with terrorists.
Feb 20, 2013 1:20AM
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when indon bang our navy ship, no action, when spore take johor island, no action, now phillipines want to take sabah, show colour, nanti Thai pula datang, apa ni mamak hanya buli raayat M'sia ke!!!!!
Feb 20, 2013 4:22AM
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shoot them, they have invaded our country this is an act of war
Feb 20, 2013 7:46PM
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The fact is our security/defenses weak/fragile.I want to exclude the politic situation here,just too early.Anyway how on earth 100 people intrude Malaysian water  ( Lahad datu) without been track by our Police ? or so call Special Services/Special Braces ?.There`s several police( PGA) Post/Garrison  in that area start from Bakapit to Kuala Meruap( Meruap,Sungai Nipah,Tambisan,Paman Hutan,Tegupi(Dan Heaven),Sungai Merah,Tanjung Labian,Sahabat 16,Bangigut,Tungku,Bakapit etc) its more than 10 post not including the Army.There`s a rumors that another 400 landed in separate places yesterdays.I`m staying in that surrounding area for quite a while before moving to center Sabah so I know how the environment there.For some reason Jeffry statement in the other Links is correct regarding why the policemen dealing with the situation not the army? Not supprise next years another party claim Tawau as their kingdom as well....
Feb 22, 2013 12:04AM
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how can a whole group of people can enter sabah teritory un detected.
Feb 21, 2013 9:55PM
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Coming armed and illegally is an act of aggression and the government wants to negotiate? Gimme a break!
Feb 23, 2013 4:39PM
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Oh yeah, got news to share too. My friend in Lahad Datu do business there...supply chickens to the plantation there...has been given warning instructions not to end the supply...in fact, the supply has increased since the invasion. Our Gov very scared the terrorist die of hunger or suffers from malnutrition. BN is so humane.

 

(But when see helpless Malaysian rakyat wearing yellow shirts, whack them like rats).

Feb 21, 2013 8:53AM
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You MSN reporters should conduct interviews with the people of Lahad Datu, too. Let's see how "calm" they are, because the Home Ministry said that they were.
Mar 1, 2013 2:57AM
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Reflection of IC given to Philippines :( 
Feb 23, 2013 4:36PM
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If it was 10 DAP guys holding sticks there laying claim. they would have been shot on sight.
Mar 4, 2013 9:34AM
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that was tragedy to the 7 police man, Why we are not doing anything, I feel sad, for what had happened to the policemen family, they loss their loves once. This people are TERRORIST. We should eliminate them.
Feb 20, 2013 7:12AM
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This is part of winning and staying in power by umno BN) goverment, soon or later they will give citizenship to these **** and the Sabah will have it's own sultan. Make Sabah more islamic state and kill all christian's or force them to convert and bring shariah law there. 

To do this they need more muslim.

 

Chase them out back where they come from you moron.

Mar 6, 2013 7:07PM
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Paying rent?

What the heck?

It was a CESSION MONEY! And not a rent!

Just like Louisiana and Alaska ceded to America by France and Russia for USD15Mil and USD7.2Mil respectively.

In this case, Sabah was ceded to Malaysia by Sulu Sultanate for USD5k per annum.

By the way, Royal City of Sulu Sultanate was in JOLO & not never ever in SABAH.
Mar 6, 2013 4:12AM
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They cant even take care of what they already own at present ...want Sabah now...for what?
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weak government thats what we are. Innocent citizens were killled, many more will die under weak government !!!!
Mar 1, 2013 7:54AM
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its heirs have been receiving a nominal yearly compensation package from Malaysia under a long-standing agreement for possession of Sabah.  

The statement above is like Malaysia leasing the land from Sulu Sultanate hehehe.  Luckily Sulu is not as smart as Singaporean.....otherwise it will be like losing Pulau Batu Putih hehehe
Feb 19, 2013 9:15PM
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IN THE PAST ARTICLE IT WAS MENTIONED THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS PAYING RENT TO

SULTAN JAMALUL. SO WHY CHASE THEM AWAY, MAY BE THEY ARE ON MILITARY TRAINING. OR is there a hidden ...., what is the content of the Agrement with the? We as Malaysians should know.  OR AR THEY CHASING MIIC , MCCA , UNO , BN OUT OF SABAH ? WHAT IS YOUR COMEN**** DO U THINK ? 

 

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