Sunday, March 17, 2013

Counterpunch: The Mysterious Case of the Sulu Sultan

Former Pakatan politicians are among the NGOs demanding a royal probe
into Anwar's alleged roles in the terrorist attacks. Pix by The Mole

"In 2001, Manila accused Misauri of terrorism when he led an MNLF unit that attacked an outpost of the Philippine army, prompting him to seek refuge in Sabah on the assumption that authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia would empathize with him and block his extradition. Misauri was detained by Malaysian security forces in Sabah and sent back to the Philippines where he was jailed until 2008.
"WikiLeaks cables claim that Misauri detested the Malaysian government for turning him over to Philippine authorities and that he was “a strong advocate for the recovery of Sabah”. The cables claim that Misauri boasted that his militias could invade Sabah in the span of two hours. WikiLeaks has also confirmed that Misauri maintained close connections to Anwar Ibrahim, and that the two had met on several occasions." - Nile Bowie, Counterpunch, 15-17 March 2013 Weekend Edition


  1. Anonymous9:52 am

    Let me get this very clear from now on. The hardest thing to stomach on the net right now is reading someone's post complaining, whining why his posts didn't get publihed. Its feels like when someone not being nice to you, you're complaining why they are not being nice to you back.
    You know what, just put up, keep up and shut up. Go and eat your icecream..

  2. Anonymous10:58 am

    Ngapa tak saman Counterpunch???

  3. Anonymous12:03 pm

    Great piece from Counter Punch, but 'circumstantial' is not good enough for me (sigh)


  4. Anonymous3:59 pm

    Sheesh - at least get the spelling of the name right! It should be "Nur Misuari", not "Misauri"!

    If Malaysia brokered the Bangsamoro Peace Agreement, why was Nur Misuari and the MNLF "sidelined" in favour of the MILF?

    Surely, Malaysian diplomatic and intelligence sources should have known of the deep disagreements between the MILF and the MNLF, and the latter and the Philippines government?

    The Malaysian government should have insisted that the MNLF be part of the peace negotiations, and should have impressed on the Philippines government the need to have all dissident parties in the southern Philippines at the negotiating table.

    I am also surprised that commentators have not gone back in history to Sheikh Azahari bin Mahmud (better known as A.M. Azahari, 1928/29-2002) and the Brunei Revolt of 1962.

    According to Wikipedia: "Azahari was the strong voice against the proposal by then Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra to merge Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei to form Malaysia. Instead, Azahari, who led the BPP (Brunei People's Party) from the time it was formed in 1956 to when the party was disbanded in 1962, proposed the formation of a unified state consisting of Brunei, Sarawak and North Borneo."

    Also from Wikipedia: "The rebellion also played a role in the Sultan of Brunei's subsequent decision for Brunei to not join the Federation of Malaysia".

    And just very recently, the Sultan of Brunei met with President Obama in Washington, D.C.

    In the southern Philippines, nothing is as it seems on the surface, much as Malaysian politicians, commentators and bloggers would like to think otherwise!

  5. Anonymous6:05 pm


    If these independents and of course their backers in Umno have proof of Anwar's complicity and by the looks of it they are dead certain he is then charged him! Treason is not to be taken lightly. But to let the likes of Zul Nordin to take charge of the matter isn't likely to add any mileage to the BN/UMno cause.

    But of course that's not really the intention isn't it. These people just want to milk the cow (i.e the lahad datu incident) to the fullest in the run up to GE13.

    Cerita macam ni hanya orang melayu yang taksub dan jumud saja yang boleh makan. Yang rasional dan yang berfikir sedikit boleh nampak siapa yang "politicize" issue tersebut lebih-lebihan.


  6. Anonymous11:23 pm

    Anon 3:59

    Don't believe Wikipedia too much. Anybody can edit and write anything in it.


  7. Anonymous3:00 pm

    RD 11:23 pm

    Well, can you refute what was written in Wikipedia about the Brunei Revolt and Azahari?

    Also, can you enlighten us just why the then Sultan of Brunei refused to let his country join Malaysia?