MANILA, Philippines-Malaysian leaders on Thursday blasted Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram lll on his bid for unilateral ceasefire agreement in Sabah.
Abdul Rahman Dahlan, a member of Malaysian parliamentary for Kota Belud openly criticized Kiram via social media, saying the Sulu sultan’s is “untrustworthy” and “inconsistent.”
The Free Malaysia Today published Dahlian’s Twitter posts which read:
“Sabah’s future is with Malaysia. Period. No amount of intimidation from some rag tag army will ever change that fact.
“Now want ceasefire? How to believe them when they kept changing minds during negotiations; waved white flag and yet opened fire and killed two commandos?
“They are asking for ceasefire and a window of opportunity to take back remaining intruders. Can you believe the audacity these people have?
“Previously they said they won’t surrender and willing to die for their cause. Now they ask for ceasefire. This isn’t a game Kiram!”
Other Malaysian officials and citizens also shared Dahlian’s sentiments , saying that Kiram and his “rag tag army” should “get lost” in Lahad Datu.
Malaysian Defense Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi reportedly said that “a unilateral ceasefire is not accepted by Malaysia unless the militants surrender unconditionally.”
“Don’t believe the ceasefire offer by Jamalul Kiram. In the interest of Sabahans and all Malaysians, wipe out all the militants first,” Zahid said in his Twitter feed reported by the Malaysian online news site.
Kiram who led around 300 Tausug soldiers to “reclaim” their “Sabah’s ancestral territory” asked the Malaysian government to “reciprocate” their offer for peace to prevent more bloodshed in the area.
The standoff in Tanduo, Lahad Datu which started February 9 has already claimed around 60 people.
However on Thursday United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Malaysian forces and Kiram to suspend their firefight in Sabah to pave the way for a peaceful dialogue.
Ban called on all parties to “facilitate delivery of humanitarian assistance and act in full respect of international human rights norms and standards.”