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.