MANILA - Agbimuddin Kiram, yang dikenali sebagai Raja Muda Sulu, dilaporkan masih berada di Lahad Datu tetapi beliau bersama pengikutkan dipercayai berhadapan dengan masalah kekurangan bekalan makanan kerana sentiasa melarikan diri bagi mengelak daripada bertembung dengan pasukan keselamatan Malaysia.
Jurucakap Jamalul Kiram III, Abraham Idjirani berkata, pengikut Agbimuddin berkumpul semula selepas diserang pada 1 Mac lalu.“Mereka sentiasa bergerak, tidak ada bot dan tiada juga pengangkutan lain. Mereka hanya berjalan kaki dan kelaparan,” kata Idjirani pada sidang media semalam.
Dipetik Philippine Daily Inquirer, Idjirani menambah, beliau ada berhubung dengan Agbimuddin sekitar jam 2.30 petang semalam.Terdahulu, anak perempuan Jamalul Kiram, Jacel Kiram memberitahu media yang bapa saudaranya itu masih selamat di Lahad Datu meskipun pihak polis dan tentera Malaysia terus-menerus menyasarkan kedudukan mereka.
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“Arahan untuk pengikut bapa saudara saya ialah bertahan dan perlu bersedia menghadapi serangan. Tetapi mesti bertahan, bukan melakukan sebarang serangan,” kata Jacel.Jacel turut menambah yang pihaknya berharap agak kerajaan Filipina sendiri campur tangan bagi menangani konflik berkenaan.
Dua hari lalu menyaksikan sultan sekali lagi mengulangi pendiriannya untuk berbincang dengan Presiden Aquino bagi menyelesaikan konflik di Sabah.“Dari awal lagi barisan kami sentiasa terbuka untuk berbincang secara terus dengan presiden tetapi hampa,” kata Jacel.SH
Family: Agbimuddin hungry but safe in SabahMANILA, March 8 — Rebel leader Agbimuddin Kiram’s family told local media that Agbimuddin and his band of rebels are safe in Lahad Datu, although they are now suffering from hunger because of constantly evading Malaysian security forces’ relentless assault, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported today.
The Inquirer reported that Abraham Idjirani, spokesperson of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, also confirmed that members of the Kirams’ Royal Security Forces have “regrouped”.
“They are constantly moving, not by boat, not by any means of transportation but by themselves.… They are on foot.… They are suffering from hunger,” Idjirani said at a press conference.
The report also said Idjirani was able to talk to Agbimuddin at around 2:30pm today.
Earlier, Jamalul Kiram’s daughter, Jacel Kiram, told the media that her uncle was safe in Lahad Datu but lambasted what she described as “maximum violence” unleashed by the Malaysian police and military.
“I was able to speak to one woman (in Tawi-Tawi) who kept on crying because she said children and women were being shot. While there was a call for maximum tolerance, there is indiscriminate firing (by the Malaysians).
“Maximum violence is what is happening.
“The instruction for them is to be always on the defensive, just be ready for any assault or attack. Just defense, no attack,” she said.
“Unfortunately, Malaysia is emboldened and decided to finish off the Filipinos in Sabah. It is clear that the government of PNoy is very much in support of the Malaysian government.
“We pray and hope the President’s being Filipino would prevail so that he would address the situation in Sabah.”
She added that the fighting in Lahad Datu could not have happened had the emissaries of Malacanang been “efficient and effective.”
“What we need is to talk because if they really want to resolve this peacefully, our government should prove that. We want to talk if Malaysia wants to end this peacefully. We want to talk, but why don’t they want to talk to us?” Jacel was quoted as saying.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer also stated that Agbimuddin told Idjirani to ask the media’s help in “influencing Malaysia to follow the call of the United Nations to take heed of sobriety and dialogue with the Sultanate of Sulu.”