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The letter below (see comment thread) to then PM Badawi by a Prof. SHARIFF MOHSIN JULABBI, who identified himself to be the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) chairman, shows full well that the MILF is aware that Malaysia’s interference in Mindanao and Malaysia’s current efforts to subvert the MILF are tied to the Sabah claim.The MILF began from a lofty ideal in parlaying with the Malaysians, i.e., avoid conflict over Sabah, but the MILF’s SHARIFF MOHSIN JULABBI’s proposal for, and I quote,

“The cessation or disintegration of the entire Sulu Archipelago to include Zamboanga Peninsula, Palawan and North Borneo (Sabah) from both the Philippine Republic and the Federation of Malaysia and be created an Independent State as Sultanate of Sulu & North Borneo with her own government and sovereignty.”

JUST UNACCEPTABLE!

The primacy of people to decide on their fate does not rest on a single organisation, even if it’s called the MILF…

Below is the 2004 letter by the MILF Chairman to the Malaysia Prime Minister Badawi

MILF CHAIRMAN’s LETTER TO THEN MALAYSIA PRIME MINISTER:
‎1 September 2004

YAB DATO SERI
ABDULLAH BIN HAJI BADAWI
PERDANA MENTTERI MALAYSIA
YANG AMAT BERHORMAT: 

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh!
When the hour of reckoning coupled with the hadith of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh): have come to struck my mind, I, being an azharite; product of Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt in the meantime, forget the comparison in the political arena, between Yang Amat Berhormat and me; head of state and a merely common man, instead venture to t rack the following prophetic discourses for our Islamic awareness who are bound to die; take a journey to the land of no return:

(The best kind of Jihad, in the Way (Cause) of Allah, a statement of truth before an unjust ruler)
(Whoever unlawfully usurps even one span of someone’s land, Allah will collar him with seven earths on the Hereafter)

Time has come for us now to solve our conflict and misunderstanding on the issue of Sabah to determine once and for all who are really her real owners, before worse will come to worse, Allah forbid, for mutual interest and welfare of our both generations to come after us.

Both Yang Amat Berhormat and I very well know that Sabah was annexed to the Malaysian political entity based merely on the historic lease (padjak) entered into between the lat e Sultan Jamalul Alam or Azam and the North Borneo Company in 22 January 1878. For that matter, the 1939 Macaskie Judgment could be one of the several documents and the deciding factors for determining the genuine, legitimate ownership of the State of Sabah. The very insufficient annual rental payment of the lease of Sabah has been in effect from the time of immemorial up to now channeled directly to the principal heirs of the Sultanate of the Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo.

Attached herewith some documents for studies on the seriousness of prevailing situations over the Sabah issue, if could not be avoided might become detrimental to all of us in the pacific region.

Frankly speaking, some US officials in the diplomatic corpse, US Department of State, two houses of the US Senate and Congress, USIP, US-Phil. Balikatan Exercises in the new millennium have met us for our possible cooperation for regaining the sovereignty of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo.

Of course, as far as we are concerned it is to our great advantage. But it is fresh in our mind and memory that we belong to Malay race and we came from the same recent ancestors plus the fact that we cembrace the same Faith. We learn to love and to beloved, yet we have suffered enough for several centuries under these bad circumstances and situations of the creations of others.

We, the Suluans are but just human. We feel that our backs are now against the wall. But before running out of time we would like to suggest that both parties concerned – Malaysians & Suluans – should create two panels whose members should come from the different sectors of society to include, above all, the Ulama then come to the negotiating table for brotherly confrontation, make resolutions for lasting and comprehensive peace that serve as a monumental reservation for our coming generations.

At this juncture, only two options hereunder have been left for us and we are required already to decide and choose our prerogative, by all means:

1) Return back Sabah to its rightful owners and be under the Federation of Malaysia as a compromise. We are considerate enough; we believe it is a win-win solution more appropriate to both Malays Bomeputra and the Suluans as brothers of the same religion. Allah says: “Muslims are just a single brotherhood.

2) The cessation or disintegration of the entire Sulu Archipelago to include Zamboanga Peninsula, Palawan and North Borneo (Sabah) from both the Philippine Republic and the Federation of Malaysia and be created an Independent State as Sultanate of Sulu & North Borneo with her own government and sovereignty.

To avoid bloodshed and for legal purposes, all past Treaties entered into between the US Governments and the Sulu & North Borneo Sultans be used as vital instruments for the creation of such State. Otherwise, worse will come to worse, God forbid. We should get lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan which are severely devastated now owing to the obstinacy and stubbornness of their leaders who imposed tyrant rules and dictatorship just for personal aggrandizement. These are all charged to experience. I am confident that relinquishing Sabah to her legitimate owners is inevitable.

On behalf of the Islamic brotherhood and in the name of Islam I venture to challenge Yang Amat Berhormat to lessen your burden of responsibility here in our contemporary world and in the hereafter by solving the Sabah conflict before stepping down from top position in the near future.

May Allah bless us all. W a s s a l a m!!!!

Ustadz/Prof. SHARIFF MOHSIN JULABBI
Amer/Chairman, MILF-BMA
Personal Envoy of HRH Sultan Ismael Ibn Al-marhum Sultan Haji Punjungan Kiram
cc. Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong X11 Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail

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