Friday, December 9, 2022

Philippines Plans Secret Meeting To Invade Sabah In February 2022

NewsPhilippines Plans Secret Meeting To Invade Sabah In February 2022

We all know that Sabah had been part of Malaysia since 16 September 1963 after claiming independence from the British. However, the Philippines still maintains a territorial claim over eastern Sabah based on an agreement signed in 1878 between the Sultan of Sulu and the North Borneo Chartered Company.

Yesterday (9 December), the South China Morning Post (SCMP) had reported that a senior government official had organised a secret meeting in the southern Philippines with the involvement of 19 mayors from the Sulu Archipelago to discuss on a planned invasion of Sabah.

The report quoted a senior regional security force source claiming the meeting was held on 1 December by a locally elected official of the Sulu province with the aim to recruit 600 men to invade Sabah.

“The plan to attack Sabah coming to fruition depends on how much political support and funds it can get from various parties.”

Source: Malay Mail

“Many stakeholders in the Philippines and abroad are willing to exploit this issue for their respective political and strategic interests.” the source said. 

In addition, the source said February 2022 was seen as the best time to invade Sabah as that time was likely chosen to “commemorate” an invasion of Sabah 8 years ago by fighters from Sulu

“The failure of the heirs of the Sulu Sultanate to obtain the consent of the Malaysian government to settle the proprietary rights over Sabah prompted the implementation of this plan.” the source said.

Source: Astro Awani

It is also reported that 11 of the 19 mayors who attended the secret meeting agreed to the plan, while the rest neither agree nor reject it.

“Each mayor is expected to provide 50 men who are skilled and brave in battle.”

“The cost of ammunition and other logistics is to be borne by the high-ranking official who also promised to contribute 500,000 pesos (RM42,120) to build 100 speed boats that will be used to attack Sabah.” the source said.

Meanwhile, the Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Mohd Noor said he has yet to receive any report on a possible Sulu invasion. 

He said this in response to a question by Datuk Darell Leiking (Moyog-Warisan) at the state assembly here today who questioned if the SCMP report was true.

Source: Astro Awani

In February 2013, a deadly Sulu incursion happened, where about 200 armed followers for the self-styled Sultan of Sulu, Jamalul Kiram III, landed at Lahad Datu to reclaim ancestral land in Sabah.

The conflict lasted for a month and it resulted in 68 deaths from the Sulu Sultanate, 9 from Malaysian armed services personnel and 6 civilians.

The SCMP also reported that some 150 to 200 spies from Sulu were expected to be directed to Lahad Datu and Semporna, the 2 key coastal towns where the invasion force might land and firearms to be used by the soldiers will be buried in an area before.

However, the source reported that no one had infiltrated Sabah yet but warned of Sulu plotters had sleeper cells in the state.

Malaysia has always rejected the Philippines’ claims on the grounds that Sabah residents had exercised their rights to self-determination when they voted to join the Malaysian federation in 1963.

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