By Nikko Dizon
Philippine Daily Inquirer
LAHAD DATU, Malaysia—Malaysian authorities are flip-flopping
on the whereabouts of the elusive Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, leader of
a group of armed members of the so-called “royal army” of the
Sultanate of Sulu who occupied a coastal village in Lahad Datu last
month were subsequently dislodged by Malaysian security forces backed by
aerial and artillery bombardment.
“We believe he’s in the Philippines but he could be here,” Sabah
police commissioner Hamza Taib said in a press conference late Saturday
afternoon, after Malaysian officials said Kiram had slipped out of Sabah
and was back in the Philippines.
Hamza said he did not have to inform his Philippine counterparts
on the developments regarding Agbimuddin Kiram’s whereabouts, saying
that if he were caught in the Philippines, then he would be dealt with
by Philippine law.
Earlier Saturday, Hamza said only 50 followers of Agbimuddin were
left in Lahad Datu after their leader and some of his men slipped out
of the east Malaysian state.
The “Operasi Daulat” or “Operation Sovereignty” against
Agbimuddin and his men will continue, with the operations of Malaysian
security forces now focused on Tanjung Batu, a village within Felda
With the right strategies and candidates, Pakatan capable of winning at least 10 federal seats, with DAP winning five to six seats, says DAP chairman Karpal SinghGEORGE TOWN: Johor, which has 26 parliamentary and 56 state seats, is the frontline battle state in Pakatan Rakyat’s quest to capture federal power, said Karpal Singh.
The DAP national chairman said it was imperative for Pakatan to make major inroads in Johor in the forthcoming general election in order capture Putrajaya.
He believes Pakatan was capable of winning at least 10 federal seats in Johor, with DAP winning five to six seats, with the right strategies and candidates.
Acknowledging that Johor was Umno and BN bastion, the senior parliamentarian indicated that Pakatan would field its strongest candidature line-up to fulfill its goal.
“No doubt Johor is the frontline state. Pakatan will field several strong candidates in Johor.
“We’ve got win more seats this time in Johor if we want to win Putrajaya,” Karpal told newsmen during a routine visit to his Bukit Gelugor parliamentary constituency here today.