KOTA KINABALU 9 Sept. – Pasukan keselamatan menafikan dakwaan oleh Barisan Pembebasan Kebangsaan Moro (MNLF) kononnya seramai 4,000 pejuang Tausug yang berada di Sabah dan Sarawak telah diaktifkan dan bersedia untuk berperang.
Ketua Pengarah Kawasan Keselamatan Khas Timur Sabah (Esscom), Datuk Mohammad Mentek berkata, dakwaan tersebut adalah palsu dan hanya propaganda kumpulan berkenaan bagi menimbulkan keresahan di kalangan masyarakat.
“Berdasarkan risikan awal perkara itu hanyalah temberang dan tidak benar,” tegasnya ketika dihubungi di sini hari ini.
Beliau mengulas mengenai laporan media Filipina dan antarabangsa yang kononnya tentera pejuang bangsa Moro telah diaktifkan. – UTUSAN ONLINE
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4,000 fighters ready to strike in East Malaysia, claim Filipino rebels
SEPTEMBER 09, 2013
The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) has activated some 4,000 foreign-trained Tausug fighters embedded in Sarawak and Sabah in Malaysia, group spokesman Emmanuel Fontanilla told The Philippine Star yesterday.
Fontanilla said the mobilisation of the fighters was to protect Tausugs, who he claimed have been the subject of a crackdown by Malaysian authorities recently.
According to the Philippine daily, he said the MNLF fighters were in addition to the Sulu Sultanate Army led by Agbimuddin Kiram, the brother of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, leading the armed struggle to reclaim their ancestral land in Sabah.
MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari had declared Sarawak and Sabah as part of the Bangsa Moro Republik (BMR).
Fontanilla, however, clarified that the MNLF fighters in Malaysia will act only in self-defense against any attack from Malaysian security forces.
Fontanilla declined to elaborate how the armed group, called the Bangsa Moro Army in Malaysia, was “activated” but a source revealed at least five countries are supporting it with arms shipments that had arrived in the disputed territory.
“Just like what happened in the early ‘70s at the height of Mindanao conflict, Sabah and Sarawak will be the main base of the Bangsa Moro Army,” the Philippine Star quoted the source as saying.
The source said the MNLF had since the early 1970s set up guerrilla and training camps in Sabah with the consent of the Malaysian government at the time.
The source added huge arms shipments were also sent to MNLF in Mindanao weeks before Misuari declared independence in Talipao, Sulu, last August.
“MNLF troops are now bearing modern assault weapons coming from foreign supporters,” the source said.
Fontanilla, however, denied the arms shipment, saying the reports were part of negative propaganda against the MNLF. – September 9, 2013