ROYAL SULTANATE NEWS




APRIL 10, 2013

UNTV News: Palugit ng kampo ni Sultan Fuad sa Malaysia, pinalawig pa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdAs07qTB04


On July 14, 2011, the Malaysian Government issued a check in payment to Sultan Fuad Kiram.


A sultan, by legal definition, is the reigning sovereign over a monarchial state of Islamic faith and tradition.

Hence Malaysia, consistent with the ‘One Sultanate, One Sultan Rule,’ recognizes, or can properly recognize, no other person as head of the Sultanate of Sulu and Sabah. 

The letter
1. On April 3, 2013, Sultan Fuad wrote Malaysia as follows: 

“GOVERNMENT OF MALAYSIA

Through: EMBASSY OF MALAYSIA IN THE PHILIPPINES 
10TH Floor, The World Center Building
Makati City 1200 – Philippines

SUBJECT: Standard Chartered Check No. 0000874713, dated July 14, 2011 Issued In Payment To SULTAN FUAD A. KIRAM 

Greetings:
1. We write on behalf of His Majesty, SULTAN FUAD A. KIRAM, Sultanate of Sulu and Sabah.

2. We acknowledge receipt of the cited check as advance partial payment subject to accounting and the final outcome of the Sultanate’s recovery of sovereign control over Sabah.

3. Sultan Fuad, as your duly recognized head of the Sultanate state, wishes to discuss with your authorized representatives the place, date and time of an appropriate meeting for the just and pacific settlement of His government’s recovery of the patrimonial territory of Sabah.

4. We look forward to receiving your written response for the equal benefit of all concerned. Unless we receive the requested response within 5 days, we shall take it to mean that you prefer to have the matter settled before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in accordance with the applicable international laws.”

2. The letter was duly received by the Malaysian Embassy, on April 4, 2013.

Comments
3. Sultan Fuad, in writing the letter, cites as basis and relies on the Malaysian Government’s own recognition of himself as the Sultan of the sultanate state of Sulu and Sabah.

4. The letter contemplates an accounting in the near future whereby Malaysia will have to settle certain obligations, financial and otherwise, arising from the Sabah controversy.

5. May Malaysia properly deny its recognition of Sultan Fuad as the Sultan of the Sultanate of Sulu and Sabah? NO. It is legally barred or ESTOPPED from doing so. In law, an admission or representation is rendered CONCLUSIVE upon the person making it, and cannot be denied or disproved as against the person relying thereon.

6. Since Malaysia has recognized him as head of the Sultanate state, the Philippine Government can do no less. The problem is Malacañang still appears or pretends to be clueless on the matter. 

7. Malacañang does not seem to know who to deal with or how to handle the situation properly in accordance with undisputed historical facts and official documents. 

8. The RP territorial baselines law of 1968, R.A. 5446, cites the sea around Sabah as part of Philippine territory. Therefore, Sabah is necessarily part of Philippine territory. 

9. Did the territorial baselines law of 2009, R.A. 9522, repeal R.A. 5446 with respect to Sabah? NO. In fact, it AFFIRMED the earlier law. Thus, it states: 

“This Act affirms that the Republic of the Philippines has dominion, sovereignty and jurisdiction over all portions of the national territory as defined by the Constitution and by provisions of applicable laws including, Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, as amended. (Sec. 3. Emphasis supplied) 

10. Obviously, R.A. 5446 which cites the sea around Sabah as part of Philippine territory is among those applicable laws.

11. If Malaysia does not respond in writing to Sultan Fuad’s letter, would such letter be rendered useless? NO. It shall constitute an IMPLIED CONSENT on the part of Malaysia for Sultan Fuad “to have the matter settled before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in accordance with the applicable international laws.”

12. Would Sultan Fuad have legal standing before the CJ? YES. Unlike the Republic of the Philippines where sovereignty resides in the people from whom all government authority emanates, in a Sultanate, sovereignty resides in the Sultan and all government authority emanates from him. Hence, the Sultan is the embodiment of the Sultanate state.

Conclusion
If President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino 3rd is seriously interested in implementing the RP territorial baselines law, he should stop wearing his yellow shirts which displays an outline of the Philippine map without Sabah. Otherwise, it would mean that he has thoroughly studied the pros and cons of the Sabah issue and that he has taken the legal position that Sabah is not part of Philippine territory or of the Sultanate.

In the latter case, instead of implementing, he will be acting in violation of RA 5446. 

Surely, the current Malaysian Administration would love and thank him profusely for that. But what about the Sultanate of Sulu and Sabah and the Filipino people? Surely, they will not love him for that, and more.






MARCH 23, 2013

SABAH: SOVEREIGN MESSAGE

By Atty. Alan F. Paguia (THE MANILA TIMES.NET)

http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/opinion/columnist1/44076-sabah-sovereign-message

 

 

On March 16, 2013, Sultan Fuad A. Kiram I, spoke on live broadcast through radio-TV5 network in the program 
Metro Sabado hosted by Alex Tinsay and Izza Reneva Cruz, as follows:



Message:

“Our personal greetings to AKSYON TV5 viewers and to our beloved Tausug people of ‘The Unconquered Kingdom’ of our Royal Sultanate of Sulu dominions of Zamboanga peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Palawan and Sabah. The Unconquered Kingdom because our Royal Sultanate of Sulu DID NOT surrender to the might of Spain for over 377 years of brutal conquest. Spain was the superpower at the time.

We are the reigning Sultan of Sulu and Sabah and Head of Islam, because we are the last son of our beloved father who was the Sultan of Sulu from 1947 to 1973, and being his last son by law of succession and Primogeniture, we inherited ALL the rights, titles and positions of our royal father – His Majesty Sultan Muhammad Esmail E. Kiram I, our beloved Sultan – who transferred the Exercise of Sovereignty to the Philippines on September 12, 1962.

Our history tells us that Sabah and Palawan, including the Spratlys Islands, became sovereign domains of the Sultan 
of Sulu since 1568 to this day. They were gifts eternal by the Sultan of Brunei to his royal cousin, the Sultan of Sulu. 

The Brunei Sultan as a sign of gratitude ceded Sabah, Palawan and Spratlys to the Sultan of Sulu, due to the vital military assistance given by our great ancestor, His Majesty Sultan Paduka Batara Shah, who ordered our more than 2,500 valiant Royal Tausug Army Force, led by the brave Panglima Illiji, that victoriously put down a major rebellion in Borneo and installed the true Brunei Sultan to the throne. 

That is why, we say today, the Tausugs and the Filipinos own Sabah, Palawan and the Spratlys. 

In the event of Sabah’s successful return, our policy is to provide free hospitals and free medicines, free education and free community housing for the old, widows, orphans, the sick and the poor. We shall build power plants and drinking water facilities to be available at low rates to all our citizens. We shall also provide other infrastructures needed by our people and we will fund and assist business and industry to flourish to provide needed jobs. Our beloved Tausug and Filipino people will extremely benefit from the return of Sabah to us. 

Today, we call on our brave Tausug people of Sabah who number over 70% of the population, to be strong in faith and to be calm in the face of this current crisis. We, our Royal Family, and our Royal Cabinet, along with the valiant Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) led by its courageous Chairman Nur Misuari, stresses our aim and concern to save lives of our Tausug and Filipino people coupled with their families to be safe from harm and away from danger in Sabah. 

We urge Malaysia to exercise maximum tolerance and restraint so that this dispute is resolved by peaceful means. 

We call on Malaysia to stop violation of human rights on thousands of our beloved Tausug and Filipino people, maltreated and deported out of Sabah, who showed marks of brutality on their bodies, like scars from torture and pulled fingernails, and other inhuman signs of tyrannical oppression. We say to Malaysia not to pursue a policy of “ethnic cleansing” against the helpless and innocent Tausugs and Filipino civilians in Sabah. Human rights violations of Malaysia against innocent civilians, will only further add to the anger and hatred of the Tausugs and Filipinos, wanting to seek justice and revenge, against Malaysian brutalities.

Our central policy is peaceful Sabah resolution, plus friendship, harmony, greater understanding and solidarity of all religions that will bring us peace and ultimate economic prosperity, we all deserve as peace loving people. With our best wishes. Questions shall now be answered by our Royal Ministers attending.”

 

 

 


MARCH 20, 2013

UNTV News: Datu Jamalul Kiram III, hindi matatawag na Sultan - Atty. Alan Paguia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezti7LqrJQE

 

 


MARCH 19, 2013

Sulu Sultan Calls on Malaysian Gov.'t for Maximum Tolerance

By Bernie Concepcion (Zamboanga Today Online)

http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/opinion/columnist1/44076-sabah-sovereign-message





 

 

 

The reigning Sultan of Sulu and Sabah and Head of Islam urged Malaysian government to exercise maximum tolerance and restraint in order to resolve peacefully the crisis in Sabah (North Borneo) with the almost 3 weeks relentless pursuit offensive by Malaysian forces against loyal followers of Sulu Sultan.

His Majesty Sultan Fuad A. Kiram I said Sabah is owned by the Tausug ands the Filipino people today even as he appealed for calmness and sobriety.

“Today, we call on our brave and valorous Tausug people in Sabah who number over 70% of the population to be strong in faith and to calm down in the face of uncertainties today. We and and our Royal family, Royal Cabinet, along with the MNLF and itscourageous Charman Nur Misuari stress our main aim anf concern... to save lives, and for our resolute Tausugb and Filipino people and their families in Sabah to be safe from ham away from danger amid this Sabah incident,” Sultan Kiram said.

Kiram said that in the event Sabah successful return to the rightful heirs, the policy is to provide all the needed amenities for the people of the Sultanate on their basic needs will be benefited by all.

Expressing his greetings to the Tausug people of the Sulu sultanate, whom he described as unconquered Kingdom of the Royal Sultanate dominions which originally included Zamboanga peninsula, Basilan,, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Palawan and Sabah.

It was called unconquered kingsdom because the Royal Sultanate did not surrender to the might of Spain for over 377 years of war, when at that time Spain was then the superpower, the Sultan said.

Kiram said history tells us that Sabah and Palawan, including Spratlys, became sovereign  patrimonies of the Sulu Crown since 165 to this day. They were gifts eternal by the Sulatan of Brunei to his cousin the Sultanate of Sulu. As a sign of his eternal gratitude ceded the territories due to successful miltary assistance given by our ancestor, Sultan Paduka Batara Shah, when he ordered our more than 2,500 valiant Royal Tausug Army Force led by Panglima Iliji that victoriously put down major rebellion in Borneo and eventually installed the true Brunei Sultan to the throne.

Kiram made it clear that they are the reigning Sultan of Sulu and Sabah and Head of Islam because we are the last son of our beloved father “Apah” from 1947 to 1973 and being his last son by the law of succession and primogeniture , we inherited all the rights, tittle and position of our royal father-His Majesty Sultan

Mohammad Esmail E. Kiram I, who transferred ‘the exercise of sovereignty to the Republic of the Philippines in September 12, 1962 Kiram bared that once a peaceful resolution of the Sabah crisis materialized and Malaysia will finally sit down with the heirs of the Sultan together with the Philippine government, “our beloved Tausug and Filipino people will greatly benefit from the Sabah return to us,” he added.

“Our central policy is friendship, harmony, greater understanding and solidarity of all religions that will bring us peace and prosperity we all deserved.”
In the event of Sabah successful return, our policy would be to provide free services to benefit our people such as free hospitalization, education, community housing for the old, widows, orphans, the sick and the poor in our midst.

We shall also built power plants and potable  and clean water facilities to be available at low subsidized rate to all our citizens. He declared witht he assurance that “Our beloved Tausug and Filipino people will greatly benefit once Sabah would be returned  to us,” Kiram declared.

Sultan Fuad is the 35th proclaimed Sultan of Sulu base from the primogeniture and law of succession of the Royal Sultanate of Sulu and considered to be the true and legitimate sultan of Sulu and  recognized by the Royal Datus and Sharifs.

Sultan Fuad accompanied by his royal entourage was in Zamboanga to expressed his sympathy to the Tausug Sabahan seriously affected by the on-going crackdown by Malaysian authorities against remnants of  the 200 Sultan royal followers led by Datu Muda Agbimuddin Kiran iwho occupied an area in Lahad Datu, Sabah Malaysia late last Month.

 



MARCH 18, 2013

SULU MNLF FREEDOM DAY

Sulu State College Stadium, Jolo, Sulu. OPEN LETTER OF HIS MAJESTY SULTAN FUAD A. KIRAM I
TO THE SABAH TAUSUGS & SULU DOMINIONS TAUSUGS & FILIPINOS:

To Our Dearly Beloved Tausug sons and daughters of “The Unconquered Kingdom” of Our Royal Sultanate of Sulu dominions of Zamboanga peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Palawan and those in SABAH, We praise and admire your strong spirit of faith in Islam and your faith in Us as your Sultan.

Our beloved Royal Tausug Sultanate of Sulu (a sovereign kingdom nation state for hundreds of years long before the USA, Philippines and Malaysia became nations), is known the world over as The Unconquered Kingdom, because our Royal Sultanate of Sulu, DID NOT surrender to the might of Spain for over 377 years of brutal conquest by Spain. Spain was the superpower at the time.

Our undaunted and brave Tausug warriors have experienced centuries of War and we are known as the modern Spartans of the ancient past, who were born and bred for War, but practitioners and champions of Peace.

We are the Reigning Sultan of Sulu and Sabah and Head of Islam, because We are the last son of Our beloved father, who was the Sultan of Sulu from 1947 to 1973, and, being His last son by law of Royal succession and Primogeniture, We inherited ALL the rights, titles and positions of Our royal father -- His Majesty Sultan Muhammad Esmail E. Kiram I, your benevolent Sultan -- who till his death in 1973 worked tirelessly all his life for the return of Sabah to the Tausugs. NOW we carry on that loyal duty and we will not stop till Sabah is returned to the Tausug Sultanate of Sulu, and to its people, the Tausugs of Sulu and the Tausugs of Sabah that will re-unite them as one people, once more.

Our history shows that Sabah and Palawan, including Spratly Islands, became sovereign domains of the Sultan of Sulu since 1658 to this day. They were gifts eternal by the Sultan of Brunei to His royal cousin, the Sultan of Sulu. The Brunei Sultan as a sign of gratitude ceded Sabah, Palawan and Spratlys to the Sultan of Sulu, due to the vital military assistance given by Our great ancestor, His Majesty Sultan Paduka Batara Shah, who ordered Our more than 2,500 brave “Royal Tausug Army Force,” led by the brave Panglima Illiji, the great ancestor of Our gallant Maas Nur Misuari, that stopped a major rebellion in Borneo and installed the true Brunei Sultan to the throne.

That is why, We say today, the Tausugs of Sulu and Tausugs of Sabah who belong to Sultanate of Sulu with Filipinos own Sabah, Palawan and the Spratlys.

With Sabah added to Our Tausug Sultanate dominions, this will greatly increase the territory and land area of the Tausug Sultanate of Sulu, including an increase of over US$75 Billion Gross Domestic Product each year to our Local Economy, and Our beloved people in Sulu and Sabah will benefit markedly that will alleviate poverty of Our people, once Sabah is returned to us.

It is Islamic, moral, honorable and patriotic duty of every Tausug in Sulu and in Sabah and Filipino, to join the cause of Sabah return to Us, because it is Our land and Our domain, now illegally occupied by Malaysia since 1963 to this day.

To our Tausugs of Sabah and the Tausugs of Sulu We state in the event of Sabah successful return, our Policy is to provide FREE hospitals and FREE medicines, FREE education and FREE community housing for the old, widows, orphans, the sick and the poor. We shall offer FREE retirement villages for our old and aged citizens complete with medical and dental services with entertainment and recreational facilities.

We shall sign and have joint ventures with overseas world class universities to set up their campuses in Our Sultanate dominions, so that Our beloved students can have FREE first class education, with world class standards and diplomas, to prepare them as future leaders of our Great Tausug Sultanate.

We shall build power plants and drinking water facilities to be available at LOW rates to all Our citizens, including modern roads, seaports, airports and vital infrastructures. We shall also provide other infrastructures needed by Our people and We will fund and assist business and industry to flourish to provide needed jobs, with the LOWEST TAX levied to Our citizens. Our dearly beloved Tausugs of Sulu and Sabah with Filipinos will benefit from the return of Sabah to Us, as one domain again of the Tausug Sultanate of Sulu.

Today, we call on Our brave and resolute Tausug people of Sabah who number over 70% of the population, to be strong in faith and to be calm in the face of this current crisis. We, Our Royal Family, and Our Royal Cabinet, along with the valiant Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) led by its gallant Chairman Nur Misuari, stress Our aim and concern to save lives of Our Tausug and Filipino people coupled with their families to be safe from harm and away from danger in Sabah.

To Our dearly beloved Tausugs of Sulu and Sabah, in Our heart of hearts, We say to you We have not forgotten you, for you are Our sons and daughters of our Great Tausug Sultanate of Sulu, divided by Sulu Sea, but We are united by Our undiluted Unconquered Proud Tausug Warrior blood, own language, Our unique arts and culture, bonded and etched in Islamic faith, customs, traditions and practices, that made us truly unique as a kingdom and group of people.

We, with MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari and the gallant and valorous MNLF, urge Malaysia to exercise maximum tolerance and restraint so that this dispute is resolved by peaceful means. We, with our “Royal Tausug MNLF Defense Force” will continue to press for the return of Sabah to the Tausug Sultanate of Sulu that will benefit the Tausugs of Sulu and the Tausugs of Sabah with the Filipinos.

We say to Malaysia not to pursue a policy of “ethnic cleansing” against the helpless and innocent Tausugs and Filipino civilians in Sabah. Human rights violations of Malaysia against innocent civilians, will only further add to the anger and hatred of the Tausugs and Filipinos, wanting to seek justice and revenge, against Malaysian brutalities.

Lastly in the final analysis, We remind everyone Our central policy is peaceful Sabah resolution, plus friendship, harmony, greater understanding and solidarity of all religions that will bring us peace and ultimate economic prosperity, we all deserved as peace loving people. Allah bless you and yours.
— with Habib Nikabulin and 3 others.





18 March 2013, Monday, SULU MNLF FREEDOM DAY.

HM Sultan Fuad A. Kiram I, The Sultan of Sulu & The Sultan of Sabah, Head of Islam & Head of Sultanate, as Guest of Honor with the valorous MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari attended by over 20,000 MNLF troops.


HM Sultan Fuad A. Kiram I and MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari speak of Sabah return to the Tausug Royal Sultanate of Sulu and the Filipinos by peaceful means, through the United Nations (UN), International Court of Justice (ICJ), and/or other means and avenues available to them and the MNLF, at their disposal, and to stop the torture and human rights violations of innocent and unarmed Tausugs and Filipinos in the hands of Malaysian Forces and Police.

On next photo, HM Sultan Fuad A. Kiram I (center) is flanked by the ROYAL MNLF GUARDS fully armed including bazookas and on the left is H.E. Marquis Sharif Gen. Habib Nikabulin (Royal Home Minister & Commander MNLF Mindanao Composite Task Force Command with 35,000 troops) while on the right on red cap is Ustadz Gen. Khabir Malik (MNLF Sulu Commander & Chief of Staff, Hero of the Abu Sayyaf War recently that rid Sulu of terrorism).





MARCH 16, 2013

AKSTON TV5 - Metro Sabado: Welcome His Majesty & Entourage

By Alex Tinsay & Izza Reniva-Cruz

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.496615037058244.1073741829.179365252116559&type=1


LIVE Interview of His Majesty Sultan Fuad A. Kiram I with his Royal Entourage at METRO SABADO on AKSYON TV5 on March 15, 2013.




MARCH 15, 2013

SABAH: AMERICAN RECOMMENDATION

By Atty. Alan f. Paguia (THE MANILA TIMES.NET)

http://manilatimes.net/index.php/opinion/columnist1/43578-sabah-american-recommendation


The Philippines, and Malaysia have agreed to refer the Sabah ownership issue to some peaceful mode of settlement consistent with the charter of the United Nations.



Malaysia changed its mind.

That is the problem. 

The Law

1. Under the Manila Accord of July 31, 1963:

“The Philippines made it clear that its position on the inclusion of North  Borneo in the Federation of Malaysia is subject to the final outcome of the  Philippine claim to North Borneo. The Ministers took note of the Philippine claim and the right of the Philippines to continue to pursue it in accordance with international law and the principle of the pacific settlement of disputes.  They agreed that the inclusion of North Borneo in the Federation of Malaysia  would not prejudice either the claim or any right thereunder. Moreover,  in the context of their close association, the three countries agreed to exert  their best endeavors to bring the claim to a just and expeditious solution by  peaceful means, such as negotiation, conciliation, arbitration, or judicial  settlement as well as other peaceful means of the parties’ own choice, in  conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and the Bandung Declaration.” (par. 12)

Comments

2. The agreement was APPROVED and ACCEPTED by:

a) Malaysia, represented by Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahwan Putra Al-Haj;

b) The Philippines, represented by president Diosdado Macapagal; and

c) Indonesia, represented by President Soekarno.

3. A contract is the law between the parties thereto. 

4. Malaysia agreed that its inclusion of Sabah would NOT prejudice the CLAIM of the Sultanate/Philippines or ANY RIGHT thereunder (par. 12).

5. On August 5, 1963, this agreement was reinforced by some parties in a Joint Statement signed and issued by them at Manila.

6. Accordingly, in June and July 1968, diplomatic talks were conducted between Malaysia and the Philippines. After several days of exchange of clarificatory questions and answers, the Philippine panel eventually proposed to move on to a proper discussion of  a pacific mode of settlement. 

7. The Malaysians nonchalantly REFUSED, WALKED OUT, and thereby UNILATERALLY put the diplomatic talks to an ABRUPT END. 

8. By way of an apparent response, and to protect its matrimonial interest on the matter, the Philippines enacted in September 1968, RA 5446 which materially provides that:

“The definition of the baselines of the territorial sea of the Philippine Archipelago as provided in this Act is without prejudice to the delineation of the baselines of the territorial sea around the territory of Sabah, situated in North Borneo, over which the Republic of the Philippines has acquired dominion and sovereignty.”

9. It must be remembered that the Sultanate of Sulu held sovereignty over North Borneo (Sabah) since 1714.

10. On July 16, 1946, Great Britain officially announced that the State of North Borneo (Sabah) had become a Crown Colony of the British Monarchy.

11. The basis of the British claim is the Grant, dated January 22, 1878, executed by the Sultanate of Sulu in favor of a private British company.

12. In response to the British annexation of Sabah, Presidential Adviser Francis B. Harrison, who had been an American Governor-General of the Philippines, recommended that:

a) “...the Sultanate of Sulu be advised to eliminate the existing anomaly of having two rival Sultans, and that they elect only one legal Sultan, and that the latter, whoever he may be, should, as promptly as may be, request the Government of the Republic of the Philippines on behalf of the Sultanate to protest the absorption of their sovereign rights in North Borneo territories into a British Crown Colony, and if met with a refusal on the part of the British Government, to reconsider this action, that the whole matter be laid before the United Nations Organization for adjustment.”

b) “In reviewing the subject of the claims of the Sultanate of Sulu to their ancient patrimony in North Borneo, one must come to the conclusion that the action of the British Government in announcing on the sixteenth of July, just twelve days after the inauguration of the Republic of the Philippines, a step taken by the British Government unilaterally, and without any special notice to the Sultanate of Sulu, nor consideration of their legal rights, was an act of political aggression which should promptly be repudiated by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines.”

Conclusion
It would thus appear that from an American point of view raised as early as 1947: (a) the United Kingdom (UK) has committed an act of POLITICAL AGGRESSION against the Sultanate of Sulu; and (b) that act should be REPUDIATED by the Republic of the Philippines. 

Malaysia, as a successor in interest of the UK over Sabah consequently has joined that act of the 
UK, to enjoy the reported BILLIONS OF DOLLARS of income generated from the continued exploitation of Sabah oil and other resources - to the undeserved damage and prejudice of the Sultanate and the Filipino people. 

Therefore, the question is: Who drew the proverbial FIRST BLOOD?

It is respectfully submitted the proper answer is: the UK, joined by Malaysia.






MARCH 03, 2013

Sultan Fuad Kiram is the True and Legitimate Sultan of Sulu

By Julmunir I. Jannaral, Correspondent (THE MANILA TIMES.NET)

http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/news/headlines-mt/42577-sultan-fuad-kiram-is-the-true-and-legitimate-sultan-of-sulu



DARUL JAMBANGAN, MAIMBUNG, SULU: The position of true and legitimate monarch in the Royal Sultanate of Sulu is claimed by several, up to nine, claimants of the throne.


They are all relatives of the original Sultan of Sulu—and later Sultan of Sulu and Sabah (North Borneo) when the Sultan of Brunei gave Sabah to the Sulu monarch in gratitude for his help against a cousin’s rebellious forces.

The 35th ruling monarch, His Majesty Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram 1st, or Sultan Fuad Kiram for short, is the true Sultan of Sulu and 
Sabah.

My family in Sulu and I have been witnesses from the start of the peaceful conflict among the Kiram cousins. My father was a Maharajah to the late father of Sultan Fuad Kiram, His Majesty Sultan Esmael E. Kiram 1st, who reigned from 1947 until 1973. 

This Special Report is not meant to downgrade nor besmirch anyone’s reputation. I write it to clear many doubts about who the true and legitimate Sultan is. It will also help the complete stranger to Sulu understand the complex situation in the Sultanate of Sulu & North Borneo (Sabah) in the wake of the recent standoff in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

The first and foremost issue to consider is the “Law of Succession” in the sultanate. This monarchy’s law of succession dictates that “only those direct descendants from the Sultan can inherit all the titles, properties, rights, responsibilities, and privileges of the Sultans.”

Therefore to be Sultan of Sulu “the legitimate claimant must be the son of the Sultan only.” This has been the law of the Royal Sultanate of Sulu since 1457 and, prior to that, in 1390 succession in the Kingdom of Sulu was always the same from father to son only.
This is also the ancient law in other sultanates, kingdoms and principalities the world over.

“To be Sultan is from father to son only. No one can be Sultan if the father was not the Sultan.”

This is the law in Sulu, in Brunei, Malaysia, Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, Muscat and Oman, other sultanates, kingdoms and emirates in the Middle East and other nations.

Hence, Sultan Fuad Kiram, just like his late brother, Sultan Mahakuttah Kiram who succeeded his father Sultan Esmael Kiram in 1974 and was the reigning Sultan until 1986.

The pages of history tell us that Sultan Esmael Kiram has a half-brother named Datu Punjungan Kiram. Because of the urgency to complete his Royal Cabinet, the Sultan named his half-brother Rajah Mudah or heir apparent.

In 1947 Datu Mahakuttah Kiram, Sultan Esmael’s son, was a young boy of six and therefore not yet “aqil balegh” or equipped with the comprehension of an adult. He was note named Rajah Mudah and his place his uncle, Datu Punjungan Kiram, became the Rajah Mudah.

Datu Punjungan and his family — one of his sons was a playmate of mine as we were neighbors in Asturias, Jolo— left for Sabah in 1971, prior to President Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law in 1972.

In 1973 Sultan Esmael E. Kiram 1st died. Before his death he made in a public announcement for all to hear (he used a public address system when he gave his speech on the occasion of Mauludin Nabi (birthday of Prophet Mohammad pbuh)) in Buwaloh Kanjal, Maimbung, that in the event of his death, his successor would be his son Datu Mahakuttah. Therefore, not the named heir apparent, Datu Punjungan Kiram. 

So in 1974, Datu Mahakuttah was crowned as the next Sultan of Sulu & Sabah. The enthronement was a public event in Plaza Tulay in downtown Jolo. No less than President Ferdinand E. Marcos declared his tacit recognition of Sultan Mahakuttah A. Kiram as the legitimate ruler of the Sultanate of Sulu & North Borneo (Sabah).

Contested by cousin Datu Jamalul Kiram
But this enthronement was contested by his cousin Datu Jamalul Kiram, then a radio announcer at the dxSM radio station in Camp Asturias, Jolo. Jamalul Kiram then had himself crowned also as Sultan of Sulu.

Datu Jamalul believes the Sultan’s crown should belong to him despite the many who are are also of the belief that his ascension to the throne was not in accordance with the Law of Succession. 

Nevertheless Sultan Mahakuttah served as the reigning Sultan of Sulu & Sabah until his death in 1986.

With the demise of Sultan Mahakuttah Kiram, his cousin Jamalul Dalus Kiram now got to occupy the throne as Sultan Jamalul Kiram III. However, when the Law of Succession is applied, one may question his legitimacy, no matter how much he believes that he is the rightful Sultan.

At this juncture, Jamalul who is now known as “Sultan Jamalul Kiram III” and who has been based in Maharlika Village in Taguig City (not in Sulu) for many years, designated his brother Datu Esmail Dalus Kiram, who was based in Jolo, Sulu, as his Rajah Mudah (heir apparent.)
For clarity, we shall call them by their first names but this is no disrespect for their position, as they prefer to be called as “sultan, datu or prince.”

However, Datu Esmail who wants to be Sultan also — though his brother is still alive — had called himself “Sultan Bantilan” or caretaker of the Sultanate (since Jamalul does not stay Sulu and is remote from us Tausugs of Sulu). That there was now two Sultans led to the confusion of many Tausugs. For time immemorial, there has only been one Sultan of Sulu and legitimate ruling monarch.

Esmail or Sultan Bantilan appointed his brother Datu Agbimuddin— known as Datu Puing who is based in Tubig Indangan Simunul, Tawi-Tawi —as his own Rajah Mudah. Datu Agbimuddin the same person who courageously led the people of the Sulu Sultanate to go to Lahad Datu, Sabah, and has been in the news every day for two weeks now.

Be that as it may, Sultan Fuad Kiram who at first declined to comment on the Law of Succession, for anything he says might be construed as self-serving, volunteered to relate a piece of history to this writer that will put to rest the question of who is really the real Sultan of Sulu and who is therefore the legitimate one.

Sultan Fuad’s historical narrative
According to Sultan Fuad Kiram his uncle, the Sabah-based Datu Punjungan Kiram, was not able to assume the throne as Sultan of Sulu & North Borneo upon his father’s death. Based on this premise, therefore, both his two sons Jamalul and Esmail are not sons of the Sultan, if their father failed to assume the throne of Sultan of Sulu & Sabah.

One who is not son of the Sultan have no rights to be Sultan.

With this ongoing Sabah standoff, media people (including The Manila Times) refer to Jamalul as Sultan Jamalul Kiram III. Anybody has his own right to be called by what title he prefers to be called. But a problem may arise when there is a law of succession that must be strictly followed. 

Jamalul and his brother Esmail (who was born “Ismail” but he accordingly changed it to Esmail) were both installed by their supporters and claimed to be Sultan at the same time. In Sulu or anywhere, we cannot have two Sultans at the same time. Only one or one at a time, but not together. 

Again Jamalul and Esmail if the law of succession is to be followed and strictly observed could not be Sultan because their father was “Datu Punjungan” (half-brother of Sultan Esmail E. Kiram I, the Sultan from 1947 to 1973). Sultan Esmail was first son from the “first wife” of the Sultan, while Datu Punjungan was son from “second wife” of the Sultan.

Hence, based on historical facts, Datu Punjungan was not the Sultan – but Sultan Esmail E. Kiram I. So the two sons of Datu Punjungan namely Jamalul and Esmail were “half-nephews” of Sultan Esmail E. Kiram 1st.

Sultan Fuad Kiram, the legitimate Sultan
Sultan Fuad A. Kiram 1st is the last son of Sultan Esmail E. Kiram I, so Sultan Fuad for all intents and purposes and based on the royalty law of succession is the most suitable and legitimate Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo:

Sultan Esmail E. Kiram 1st is the father of Sultan Fuad A. Kiram 1st, now the current 35th Reigning Sultan of Sulu and Sabah. Thus, by law of primogeniture of father to son and by the law of succession, Sultan Fuad is the Sultan because he inherited the ranks, titles and positions of his royal father, Sultan Esmail E. Kiram I.

Who proclaimed Sultan Fuad?
The legitimate claimant must be recognized by the Royal Datus and Sharifs:

His Majesty Sultan Fuad A. Kiram I was proclaimed and recognized by the Council of Royal Datus as the Sultan of Sulu & North Borneo on 3 June 2006. Also on 3 June 2006 His Majesty Sultan Fuad A. Kiram I was recognized and proclaimed by the Sharifs of Sulu (descendants of Prophet Mohammad) as the Sultan.

Likewise, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Central Committee headed by MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari recognized and accepted His Majesty Sultan Fuad A. Kiram I as the Sultan of Sulu and Sabah on 15 January 2008.

Being haram disqualifies any claimant to be Sultan
There is also a strict law for claimants of the Sultanate’s throne. The son must not have physical deformity or disability and must be pure and clean and has not committted any “haram or forbidden act” such as assault upon a woman, child assault, child abuse or any capital offense such as killing, murder, drug addiction, robbery or any crime that is forbidden by Islam as haram.

The Sultan of Sulu is the “Head of Islam and Protector of Islam” so this law to be clean and pure is a quality that the heir of the Sultan must adhere to strictly.

Sultan must be above politics
The Sultan, King or Queen must be above politics and should not be involved in politics so as not to divide but to unite his or her people. Politics though full of good intentions divide people. That is the nature of politics. Being involved in politics is a disqualification of any claimant for the 
throne.

Ustadz Abdulbaki Abubakar, a Tausug and a graduate of Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, who is the Grand Mufti (chief religious scholar and explainer of the law) of Region 9, issued a legal opinion that anyone claiming the throne of the Sultanate of Sulu is deemed disqualified if he seeks an elective post in government.

Hence, based on this legal opinion it declared Jamalul, Esmail and Muedzul-lail as disqualified to be Sultan for being involved in politics. The latter is the son of the late Sultan Mahakuttah Kiram who is a nephew of Sultan Fuad Kiram. Muedzul-lail, popularly known as Butch, had himself crowned also as Sultan of Sulu. The declaration of Mufti Abdulbaki is supported by Imams and Islamic scholars.

Therefore, Mufti Abdulbaki’s legal opinion renders Jamalul, Esmail and Muedzul-lail to be disqualified and bereft of legitimacy to be Sultan because they all ran for public office.

Jamalul ran for Senator in 2007 as one of the administration candidates of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo but lost in that election.
Many years back, Esmail ran in 1992 for Sulu provincial board member and he also lost. 

Muedzul-lail ran in 2007 for “Barangay Kagawad” or village councilor (the lowest public position in Philippine local government) in his home village of San Raymundo, Jolo, Sulu, and he also lost because his constituents did not vote for him.

Thus, based on primogeniture (blood line of father to son) and law of succession of the Royal Sultanate of Sulu, and based on undeniable proof and evidence, His Majesty Sultan Fuad A. Kiram 1st is the true and legitimate Sultan — no one else.

The Moro National Liberation Front and the Tausug people of Sulu and Sabah or North Borneo today recognize His Majesty Sultan Fuad A. Kiram 1st as the Sultan.

Sultan Fuad’s words of condolence to Lahad Datu standoff victims
The government-recognized and legitimate Sultan of Sulu & Sabah, His Majesty Sultan Fuad A. Kiram 1st, through his Royal Protocol officer, issued these words of condolence to the family of the victims of Lahad Datu standoff in Sabah.

“His Majesty Sultan Fuad A. Kiram 1st, the Sultan of Sulu & the Sultan of Sabah and Head of Islam, with the Royal Family, Royal Cabinet and our beloved Tausug people, along with all members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), headed by MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari, together with our global supporters the noble patriots, offer our deepest sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the families and relatives of the slain and we sadly mourn the loss of life of our 12 Tausug men in the encounter in Lahad Datu, Sabah, with Malaysian forces with 2 dead and 3 wounded as per media reports.

Reaffirmation of Philippine ownership of Sabah
“We repeat our call to all parties to exercise restraint, calm and sobriety so that this issue is resolved by peaceful means. As we always stated before and we repeat once more, Sabah is owned by the Royal Sultanate of Sulu since 1658 to this day and co-equally owned by the Philippines and all Filipinos by virtue of the Sabah sovereignty transfer signed by our royal father His Majesty Sultan Muhammad Esmail E. Kiram 1st (Sultan 1947 to 1973) from the Royal Sultanate of Sulu to the Republic of the Philippines on September 13, 1962 during the incumbency of His Excellency President Diosdado Macapagal.”






MAY 13, 2012

REPUBLIKA ni Erik Espina with Guests HRH Prince Omar Kiram and Atty. Alan Paguia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezti7LqrJQE



FEB. 06, 2012

REPUBLIKA ni Erik Espina with Guest HRH Prince Omar Kiram de Vivar-Maniquiz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiYkXPwwqCI




JULY 24, 2010

SULTAN OF SULU SEEKS NEW STATUS FOR ARMM

By Julmunir I. Jannaral, Correspondent (THE MANILA TIMES)

http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/news/regions/22184-sultan-of-sulu-seeks-new-status-for-armm


THE 35th reigning Sultan of the Royal Hashemite Sultanate of Sulu and Sabah on Friday made a declaration that he will not support any move to dismember any part of the Republic of the Philippines, but instead he is seeking a new status for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and not like what the present governance operates.

Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram 1st, in an exclusive interview with The Manila Times reiterated in what he had said during the presentation of the first “HM Sultan Fuad Peace Award” to the Center for Philippine Futuristics Studies and Management Inc. in Makati City Thursday.

The royal award that was received by Dr. Guillermo Santos, president and trustee of the Futuristics Center was in recognition for its exemplary dedication and notable contributions to the pursuance of peace and harmony, unification and unity between Muslims and Christians in the Philippines since 1981 to this day.

Sultan Fuad also recalled that the vision of peace was a leading tenet of his late father, Sultan Muhammad Esmail Kiram 1st, who reigned as Sultan of Sulu and Sabah from 1947 to 1973. The late Sultan Esmail was also the one who transferred Sabah sovereignty to the Philippines during the administration of the former late President Diosdado Macapagal on September 12, 1962.

“We and our Royal Cabinet do not want to dismember the Philippines. Happiness for us is to be independent by peaceful means.”

Although Sultan Fuad did not elaborate what he meant by “peaceful means,” but political observers have told The Times that the Sultanate of Sulu and Sabah might be one of these days will invoke the Kiram-Bates Treaty.

The political observer who was a former Muslim ambassador to a Middle East country begged off not to mention his name, but he said most likely Sultan Fuad and his host of legal advisers who are experts in international law might invoke the Kiram-Bates Treaty to restore the Sultanate dominion in Mindanao and Sulu.

A relatively unknown but significant detail in Philippine history is the Bates Treaty, signed between the U.S. and the Sultanate of Sulu on August 20, 1899. The signatories were American general, Brig. Gen. John Bates and the late Sultan Jamalul Kiram 2nd, according to Madge Kho, a Tausug historian now based in the United States.

The Bates Treaty had promised to uphold mutual respect between the US and the Sultanate of Sulu, to respect Moro autonomy and to not give or sell Sulu or any part of it to any other nation.

In seeking for a new status of the ARMM by achieving a genuine autonomy for the more than 10 million Muslim Filipinos, Sultan Fuad has proposed the adoption of the Aland Suomi genuine autonomy of Finland to be adopted in Muslim Mindanao.

“We support the installation of an Aland Suomi Genuine Autonomy of Finland in Muslim Mindanao that will give us parliament rights to collect taxes, administer services to our people, our own flag, passport, police force, accept foreign direct investments from overseas, veto on international agreement and membership in Association of Southeast Asian Nations,” Sultan Fuad explained.

“Aland Suomi Genuine Autonomy Status will be a genuine autonomous region, not like the current ARMM,” the Sultan emphasized.

Meanwhile, reliable sources from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chaired by Chairman Nur Misuari that the MNLF hierarchy has already made full recognition on Sultan Fuad’s de jure reign as the only legitimate reign over Sulu and Sabah with the signing of a declaration in January 2008.




February 8, 2009



February 2, 2009



Royal cousins: Sultan Bolkiah of Brunei and Sultan Fuad of Sulu


Meeting of Two Sultans Makes History

By Julmunir I. Jannaral, Correspondent (THE MANILA TIMES)

http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/feb/04/yehey/prov/20090204pro1.html



Darul Jambangan, Sulu: The historical bilateral relations of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (Sabah) and the Sultanate of Brunei where based on historical account indicating the two have blood relations would have more chances of being revived as the rulers of the two Sultanates met for the first in Malacanang Palace last week.

Sultan Muhammad Fuad Ab­dulla Kiram 1st, the 35th de jure reigning ruler of the Sultan of Sulu and Sultan of Sabah had personally met His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzadin Waddaulah during a state dinner in honor of the latter hosted by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the First Gentleman lawyer Jose Miguel Arroyo held in Malacanang recently.

Aside from the Sultan of Sulu and Sabah, senior officials of the Philippine government and Brunei also attended the state dinner. Among them were Chief Justice Reynato Puno; Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile; House Speaker Prospero Nograles; Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Alexander Yano; business tycoon Lucio Tan; Office on Muslim Affairs Executive Director Datu Ali Sangki; members of the diplomatic corps as well as members of the Senate and the House of Representatives; and cabinet members. Brunei Foreign Minister Pehin Lim Jock Seng who was also among the official entourage of the Sultan of Brunei that attended the exclusive state dinner.

Sultan Fuad Kiram told The Manila Times in an exclusive interview that he was pleased to meet Sultan Bolkiah especially when he shook the hand of the ruler of Brunei, and greeted him the Muslim greetings “Assalamu Alaykum [Peace be with you] your majesty.” He said Sultan Bolkiah responded to him “Alaykum Wassalam [Peace be with you too] your majesty.”

Based on the genealogy, the two Sultans are related by blood as one family because their common ancestor was Brunei Sultan Muham­mad Hassan whose reign was from 1582 to 1598. The genealogy further stated that Sultan Muhammad Hassan had a wife who was a Brunei princess and that the past sultans of Brunei originated and finally descended down to Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

On the other hand, Sultan Muhammad Hassan also had another wife who was a princess from Sulu where the past Sultans of Sulu and Sabah had also originated, and descended eventually to Sultan Fuad Kiram as the current 35th reigning Sultan of Sulu and Sabah.

The historical account also stated that Palawan and North Borneo, which is now the timber and oil rich Sabah were gifts by the Sultan of Brunei to the Sultan of Sulu in 1658 after the Sulu Sultan helped the former quell rebellion in Borneo. Thus, Palawan and Sabah became properties of the Sulu crown from 1658 up to this day.

Prior to Spain’s invasion in 1521, the place that is now the Philippines was a Muslim dominion with the Sultan of Brunei ruling Luzon, while the Sultan of Sulu ruled Visayas and Mindanao. In a joint force, the Sultans of Brunei and Sultan of Sulu fought the Spanish invasion together that lasted until 1690.

However, from 1691 up to 1898, the Sultans who ruled the Sultanate of Sulu and Sabah fought the Spaniards single-handedly. Thus, the meeting of Sultan Fuad and Sultan Bolkiah in Malacanang last week was considered as historic among royal cousins, and was indeed a sort of family reunion.

As this developed, according to Prince Omar Kiram, the grand prince and prince marshal of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo, the official invitation by President Arroyo to Sultan Fuad to attend the exclusive state dinner, where he was formally acknowledged as the “Sultan of Sulu and Sultan of Sabah” was an official recognition of Sultan Fuad as the legitimate ruler of the Sulu Sultanate.

Prince Omar also emphasized that the momentous event attended by Sultan Fuad should now put to rest the issue as to the rightful owner of the present and only throne as claimed by other members of the royal family in Sulu.

 


September 9, 2008


SULU Sultan to Unite 9 Heirs to Sabah

By Julmunir I. Jannaral, Correspondent (THE MANILA TIMES)

http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2008/sep/09/yehey/top_stories/20080909top4.html

Editor’s note: The previous part reported about the claim to Sabah by the Sultanate of Sulu, and how the reigning sultan there was suspicious about Malaysia’s initiatives to host peace talks between the Philippine government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front. But MILF leaders deny that Sabah is not on the peace talks agenda.


Last of two parts

MAIMBUNG, Sulu: The 54-year-old Sultan Fuad Kiram 1st said that as the crowned ruler, he would also extend his hand of peace and unity with all nine declared heirs of Sultan Jamalul Kiram II, the Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo from 1893 to 1936.

Kiram said the nine heirs must unite, if they are to succeed in pursuing their Sabah claim. The nine were declared by the High Court of North Borneo on December 19, 1939 as the private heirs entitled to receive what the court termed as “cession­ money.”

The heirs argue that it should be called “rental money” instead.

The nine are Dayang-Dayang Hadji Piandao, Putli Tarhata Kiram, Putlih Sakinur Kiram, Datu Esmail Kiram, Datu Punjungan Kiram, Sitti Mariam Kiram, Sitti Rada Kiram, Sitti Putli Jahara Kiram and Mora Napsa.

Sultan Fuad Kiram 1st, whom many of his Tausug followers and supporters called as the most amiable reigning monarch in the history of his sultanate, vowed to restore the grandeur of one of the surviving sultanates of Mindanao. He said he plans to build a modest astanah or royal palace right in the historical seat of the sultanate Dar’ul Jambangan (which means “place of garden”), in this coastal town of Maimbung, Sulu.


Claim to Sabah

Sultan Kiram argues that before Malaysia’s current occupation of Northern Borneo, or Sabah, that country never owned that disputed territory. Malaysia and the Philippines claim the area, but Malaysia has controlled Northern Borneo since gaining independence from Great Britain.

In the past, Malaysia refused to recognize the Sulu sultan, who was then derided as a pirate.

On September 11, 1962, then President Diosdado Macapagal accepted in behalf of the Republic of the Philippines the cession or transfer of sovereignty over the territory of North Borneo from Sultan Muhammad Esmail Kiram 1st, the reigning sultan of Sulu at the time and also the father of Sultan Fuad Kiram 1st.

As a consequence of that transfer, the legislature in Manila attempted to pass a bill that would have included Sabah within Philippine territory.

But on September 5, 1968, then-Malaysian Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman warned then-Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos regarding the Sabah bill. The premier said Malaysia would have to “take action” if Marcos signs the bill into law.

Sultan Fuad Kiram 1st believes it is now time to return Sabah to Sulu. He noted that Malaysia celebrated its 51st independence or Merdeka on August 31, saying that he hopes the sultan would once again rule Sabah, or at least have it returned to the Philippines, to which the province of Sulu also belongs.

But political observers say that aspiration remains, well, as a dream.

The Sabah issue could only be resolved by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, according to legal experts. International law requires Malaysia to voluntarily submit to the jurisdiction of the international court in order for the World Court to acquire jurisdiction over the issue.

But Malaysia has not—and likely would not—submit itself to the international Court of Justice over the Sabah issue. After all, it already rules the territory.

With such claim against the Philippines, Sultan Kiram argues that Malaysia cannot be a treated as an impartial peacemaker in the MILF issue—at least a party that should be so readily trusted.


Lessor-tenant issue

Sabah and Palawan were gifts given to the Sultan of Sulu by the Sultan of Brunei in 1658. The gifts were for the help given by the Sultan of Sulu in quelling a massive rebellion in Borneo. The sultan then had sent Tausug warriors led by Panglima Illiji, said to be the great grandfather of Nur Misuari, chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

Then on January 22, 1878, Sultan Jamalul Ahlam Kiram—the great grandfather of Sultan Fuad Kiram 1st—leased Sabah to Gustavus Baron de Overbeck of Hong Kong and to Alfred Dent, Esquire, of London. They represented a British Company, which paid an annual rent of P77,442.36 or $1,500 to the sultanate.

The lease agreement specifically prohibits the transfer of Sabah to any nation, company or individual without consent of the Sultanate of Sulu. But that was ignored when Sabah was unilaterally transferred by Great Britain to Malaysia in 1963 after the formation of Federation of Malaysia.

Great Britain’s move violated the deed of Sabah Lease of 1878, as the Sultanate of Sulu did not give its consent to the transfer of Sabah, Sultan Fuad Kiram I explained.

Kiram is acknowledged by many of his Tausug followers as the reigning sultan of Sulu and North Borneo, based on the law of succession in the Royal House of Sulu and Sabah. And the sultanate believes the rent paid to the heirs of Kiram’s great grandfather by Malaysia is not commensurate to the vast economic value of the 73,711 square kilometers area covered by Sabah.

Sabah contributes about $100 billion to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Malaysia, Kiram said. GDP is the total value of all goods and services produced in a country within a year.

Just looking at fair commercial rental property transactions, Kiram estimated that his sultanate should receive rent payment that is at least 10 percent to 12 percent of Sabah’s GDP output. That comes out to between $10 billion and $12 billion per year, he said.

Instead, Kiram added, the Sulu Sultanate receives only a paltry amount.

If Malaysia wants to make its stay in Sabah legal, then the Kuala Lumpur government should pay a fair price for rent, he said.

But if the rental payment is not acceptable, Kiram proposed a “joint administration” of Sabah by the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo and Malaysia.

The sultan said that similar to the administration or “Condominium of France and Great Britain in Vanuatu” that existed before Vanuatu’s independence, all the income in Sabah should be split 50-50.

September 8, 2008



Sulu sultan questions Malaysia’s real motives

By Julmunir I. Jannaral, Correspondent (THE MANILA TIMES)

http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2008/sep/08/yehey/main.html

First of two parts

MAIMBUNG, Sulu: The 35th ruler of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo on Sunday accused Malaysia of having a hidden agenda in brokering peace between the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The talks had led to the creation of the proposed Bangsamoro Juridical Entity, or BJE, a homeland for Muslims in Mindanao.

Sultan Fuad Kiram 1st said that at first glance, Malaysia should be commended for its peace initiatives in the four-decades old MILF insurgency. But under close scrutiny, he added, Malaysia does not measure up as an honest and impartial peace broker.

Kiram claimed Malaysia has a vested interest in hosting the peace talks in its capital, Kuala Lumpur —to maintain that country’s supposedly illegal occupation of Sabah or Northern Borneo, which is controlled by Malaysia but is also claimed by the Philippines. The sultan fears that in exchange for Malaysia’s initiatives, Manila could keep quiet about its claim to Sabah or drop it altogether.

Sabah, which is rich in oil and timber, is owned by the Sultanate of Sulu, as it has been since 1658, Kiram insisted. “That’s why we maintain even in our communications, both private and public, the heading of Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo.”

In a statement, the Sultanate of Sulu accused Malaysia of financing the MILF insurgency.

But in a text message to The Manila Times, the MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said they have not made any agreement with Malaysia regarding the dropping of the Sabah claim by the Philippines in exchange for Malaysia hosting the peace talks in Kuala Lumpur.

“There is no such agreement. Sabah has never been an agenda for [the] talks,” Iqbal added.

Regarding the charge that Malaysia is financing the MILF insurgency, Iqbal said Kuala Lumpur is spending a huge amount of money but only for the peace process.

In a related development, the Institute of Bangsamoro Studies, a civil society group based in Cotabato City, also publicly acknowledges the important role of Malaysia in the MILF insurgency.

Professor Abhoud Syed Lingga, institute executive director, said that while many have criticized Malaysia as partial to the MILF in heading the International Monitoring Team, that country is playing an important role in realizing peace that has eluded Mindanao.

Lingga said that when Malaysia withdrew 28 of its peacekeepers from the 65-man monitoring team, the number of clashes between the MILF and military went up.


Not consulted

Kiram said no one could deny the fact that the Sultanate of Sulu is one of the stakeholders in Mindanao, but it was never invited nor consulted regarding the formation of the proposed Bangsamoro Juridical Entity. He said the “ancestral-domain” under the guise of the entity is ill-conceived and ignores the true owners of the lands and territories being claimed by the MILF as its ancestral domain.

The sultan argued that “ancestral domain” suggests that the land in question is owned by the ancestors of the claimant. But the MILF cannot present proof of traditional or historical ownership by their ancestors of the land and territories for inclusion under the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity. “We refer to the provinces of Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan, Palawan, and the Zamboanga Peninsula consisting of Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay . . . [as] the ancestral domain of the Sultanate of Sulu,” Kiram said.

Kiram said he respects the opinion of his Muslim brothers in the MILF for defending Malaysia’s motives for helping bring about peace. Despite the denial of the MILF, he insisted Malaysia would not give so much financial help without wanting something in return.


Sultanate for peace process

Despite a likely agenda, the Sultan of Sulu said he fully supports the peace talks and hopes peace would finally come to Mindanao. He said he wishes for the conflict to end so the region can move toward economic development, which is likely when Muslims or Christians learn to live in harmony.

Kiram also declared his support for the full implementation of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement signed by the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) under then- Chairman Nur Misuari and with the concurrence of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

As a matter of fact, an alliance between the Sultanate of Sulu and MNLF was sealed in Davao City recently that also coincided with the 40th founding anniversary of the MNLF.

As the sole representative of Filipino Muslims in the Organization of Islamic Conference, the MNLF declared its full recognition and support to the Sultanate of Sulu’s dominion over North Borneo, or Sabah, citing the territorial baseline of the Sultanate that dates back to 1658.

According to the MNLF statement, “It is our stated policy that the illegal Malaysian occupation of Sabah must end, and, therefore, Sabah must be returned to the Sultanate of Sulu.”

(To be continued)


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