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“IT is difficult to go to Jolo now,” said a Filipino contact I met in Zamboanga City, southern Philippines on Jan 9. “Because the Abu Sayyaf has entered (Jolo) town. If they see anyone whom they don’t recognise, they’ll kill them.”
As a Sabahan, I have met several ‘Sulu Sultans’ who claimed that my state belonged to the sultanate.
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine commandos landed on a remote southern island on Saturday to reinforce troops fighting Muslim rebels after gunbattles this week killed nearly 60 people, including 26 soldiers.
What happens on the Philippines’ southwestern island may have an effect on Malaysia, and on Sabah in particular.
PETALING JAYA: A severed head believed to be that of Malaysian hostage Bernard Then was found near a municipal council building in Jolo island on Tuesday evening, according to southern Philippines police officials.
“TOLONG saya, boss. Tolong saya, boss. Tolong saya, boss (Please help me, boss. Please help me, boss. Please help me, boss),” pleaded a crying Samsul Sangunim, an Indonesian kidnapped in the waters off Semporna in the east coast of Sabah.
PETALING JAYA: The Star has received the latest picture of freed Jolo hostage Thien Nyuk Fun.
From the air, this southern island and the other surrounding isles of the Sulu archipelago look idyllic with hectares of verdant forest surrounded by white sandy beaches.
KOTA KINABALU: Malaysian police are convinced that notorious Jemaah Islamiyah leader Zulkifli Abdul Hir @ Marwan is still alive.
KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian businessman abducted in the Philippines has been rescued after 380 days in captivity.