Malaysia has rejected the unilateral ceasefire call by so-called Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III after he ordered his armed followers to illegally entered Malaysia and started the fight by killing two Malaysian police on Friday and another six the next day.
Sulu militants must lay down arms and surrender unconditionally or the operations against them “will go on as long as it takes,” said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at a press conference on Thursday.
The Prime Minister arrived at Felda Sahabat in Lahad Datu, Sabah at about 1.41 p.m. today.
Datuk Seri Najib also announced the setting up of a special security area to secure the land and sea borders of the east coast of Sabah, covering the districts of Kudat, Tawau, Kunak, Sandakan and Lahad Datu.
An additional 5 battalions of security forces will be positioned at the special security area.
In a press conference, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said the police believed that a militant leader with the rank of general was one of the thirty one gunmen killed in one of the clashes, at 11.30 a.m. today.
He said in today’s clashes at ground zero in Tanjung Batu, Lahad Datu, the security forces killed thirty two militants, making a total of fifty two Sulu militants killed since last Friday.
There is no casualty on the Malaysia security forces since Saturday.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said that the Malaysian security forces are in full control of areas in the east coast of Sabah .
This morning the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak made a statement that the Malaysian Security Forces have launched an attack Sulu intruders in Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu, Sabah at 7 a.m. today.
NST reported that at about 8.25 a.m. villagers fled the area as several explosions were heard while fighter jets and helicopters are also seen.
After the air operations, the ground troops went into the area.
NST also reported that six vessels, two each from the Navy, marine police and Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency were earlier seen leaving the marine police jetty.
In a press statement, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said the attack on the intruders is a success and no casualties were reported on the Malaysian side during the operation.
The Sulu intruders started a stand-off in Lahad Datu, Sabah since February 12, 2013 and do not want to leave our country despite the Malaysian police have arranged for meetings and discussions hoping that the intruders would agree to leave peacefully without facing serious action.
Last Friday, they fired shots at policemen on duty killing two police officers and on Saturday they killed another six policemen in Semporna.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said Malaysia is not at war with the Philippines government as the intruders are not recognised by the Philippine government.
He further said that if they are detained, they will face criminal charges including for murder.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein confirmed that none of the Malaysian security forces were injured in this morning’s operation.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi confirms security forces utilised 3 F/A-18D fighter bombers and 5 Hawk 208 fighter jets in this morning’s operation during a joint press conference with Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein today.
Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah said that Sarawak police are sending reinforcement of 500 policemen from its 10th Battalion in Sibu, 11th Battalion in Kuching and 12th Battalion in Miri, to Sabah today.
At a 4 p.m. press briefing, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said that the operation is ongoing and that he believed that the remaining Sulu soldiers were still in and around the operation area, adding that it was unknown whether some managed to escape to other nearby villages such as Tanjung Batu.
I love my country and I think so do most people in Sabah and that they do not want those intruders to disturb their lives and causing lots of troubles to everybody.
I pray that there will be no more casualties on the Malaysian security forces and this operation will be a success.
When I supported the opposition parties in Pakatan Rakyat (PR), I thought that the Malaysian police was bad and brutal because PR leaders always say so.
Now I am proud of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and I think that they are our heroes.