09 March 2013

Ceasefire? No Way!

Malaysian Forces
It was mentioned in the papers today that the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu, Jamalul Kiram III has reiterated his call for a ceasefire. Earlier, he asked for a ceasefire between his followers, who landed in Sabah, Malaysia illegally, and the Malaysian security forced. The call remain unheeded.

The question is, why should the Malaysian follow this call? There is no reason to. Remember that his armed followers were given almost a month to lay down their arms and surrender without any conditions. Did the good Sultan compel his armed group of about 200 to do that? Nope.

So, let's go back to the question. Why would the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak heed the Sultan's call for a ceasefire? It is clear that as long as they stay their illegally, armed and ready to battle, there is no reason for a ceasefire to take place.

Sultan's men should surrender now or else fight a losing battle. That is clear at this point in time. They were given enough time to resolve the issue peacefully by going back to Southern Philippines and submit their claims to international arbitration bodies. They refuse it bluntly and tried to rally Filipinos to their irrational cause. Hence, they should suffer the consequences of their decision.

Malaysia has already deployed several brigades to flush the intruders in Sabah. They have the upper hand. If they allow a ceasefire to take place, the armed 'Royal Security Forces' – this is what they call themselves – will only use that time to re-arm themselves and reposition their forces for another strategic plan to hold on to what they have acquired so far. This is the strategy they employ before when they were still helping the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)
against the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The Malaysian army would be better served not to fall on the same trap.

The Sulu Sultan's spokesman already sounded desperate and this is a good time to attack them and flush them out.

"The Malaysian government, in complete rejection of the call ... the mandate that prior to its recognition of this unilateral ceasefire made by the Sultanate of Sulu, must surrender, they say, the 'militants' to them. Therefore, in response to that, I would reiterate that the Sultanate of Sulu is now declaring unilaterally the cessation of hostilities," said Abraham Idjirani, spokesman of the Sulu sultanate.

Can you feel the fear in those words? If I were the Malaysian General charged to deal with them, I would say, "No Way."