Jamalul Kiram who launched militant intrusion to Sabah dies in Manila

Posted onOctober 21, 2013, Monday

KUALA LUMPUR:Jamalul Kiram, who was responsible for sending an armed militant group to Sabah on Feb 12 this year, died yesterday in a Manila hospital in the Philippines from organ failure.

Efforts to get confirmation on Jamalul’s death from the Malaysian embassy in Manila and consulate in Davao, as well as the Philippines embassy in Kuala Lumpur failed as these offices are closed on Sundays.

Agence France Presse (AFP) quoted Jamalul’s wife Fatima Kiram in confirming the death and saying that Jamalul had been undergoing twice-weekly dialysis sessions for kidney disease before his death.

The intrusion by Sulu militants, which began on Feb 12 in Kampung Tanduo, 130km from Lahad Datu, claimed the lives of 10 Malaysian security forces personnel.

The Malaysian Armed Forces and Royal Malaysia Police launched the operation to flush out the militants, dubbed ‘Operasi Daulat’ on March 5 after a month of negotiations to get them out of the village came to a dead end.

During the operation, 68 of the militants were shot dead, 173 were arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, while 443 others were picked up for various offences.

The operation ended with the setting up of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) covering 1,400 kilometres of coastline and the Eastern Sabah Security Zone to protect the safety of the people and ensure peace in the area. — Bernama