Saturday, March 30, 2013

His Royal Highness the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail consent to receive an audience from the Korean Ambassador to Malaysia, Lee Yong-Joon at Istana Arau on Thursday night. Accompanied the Raja of Perlis were his consort, Her Royal Highness the Raja Perempuan of Perlis, Tuanku Fauziah ibni Tengku Abd Rashid. Also present were the Raja Muda (Crown Prince) and the Raja Puan Muda (Crown Princess) of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail and Tuanku Lailatul Shahreen Akashah binti Khalil Akashah. 

Ambassador Lee was accompanied by senior officers from South Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, including Economic Counselor, Park Jung Sung and First Secretary, Lee Chul, who arrived in Perlis yesterday after visiting the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2013. The Korean delegates also include Deputy Chairman of the Korean Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (Kocham), Baek Seung Ryeul and General Manager of Onsemiro Restaurant Malaysia, Kim Yu Ni.

picture from Maharum Bugis Shah

Friday, March 29, 2013

A visit to Grape Plantation

His Excellency the Yang Dipertua Negeri (Head of State) of Sarawak, Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin bin Abang Barieng visited the Grape Plantation at MARDI Agroteknologi Park, Langkawi yesterday. The grape plantation were managed by Malaysian Agriculture Research and Development Institute. Also accompanied the Head of State were his wife, The Honourable Toh Puan Hajah Norkiah. 

Also can be seen accompanied the Head of State in his visit were the Director of MARDI, Datuk Dr Abd Shukor Abd Rahman. 

Picture from Bernama

His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (The Supreme Ruler) of Malaysia, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah graced the LIMA Exhibition which was held in conjunction of the 12th Langkawi International Maritime Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) at Mahsuri International Exhibition Center (MIEC), Langkawi yesterday. The Supreme Ruler were accompanied by his consort, Her Majesty the Raja Permaisuri Agong (the Supreme Queen) of Malaysia, Tuanku Hajah Haminah. Their Majesty arrival at 10.45am were greeted by Malaysia Defense Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. 

Their Majesties were accompanied by Chief of the Armed Forces, General Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin and the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Defense, Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Ahmad. 

Their Majesties also visited and watching air shows performed by teams from the participating countries, including The Smokey Bandits from the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), the Krisakti 1Malaysia Aerobatic Team and The Russian Knights of Russia. 

picture from Bernama

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The recent ongoing event of Filipino armed intruders in Sabah probably is just beginning of the claimant of Sabah episode by the descendant of Sulu Sultanate. In 1963, Malaysia was founded by the 4 entity of previously the colony of British, Federation of Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak. Sabah which previously was a territory of Sulu Sultanate was leased (or ceded, according to the agreement) to the North Borneo Chartered Company and after World War II, its been transferred to British as a Crown Colony. The Sulu Sultanate up until this day still dispute the inclusion of Sabah into the federation and try to claimed it back as their territory even though the Sultanate of Sulu is visually, non-existence.

There are two questions that I would like to highlight in this Royalty discussion topic.
  1. The Sulu Royalty since 1836 had always tried to claimed back Sabah rather than focusing their struggle to gain independence from the United States. Why?
  2. In comparison to others non-reigning Sultanates in the region, each and every one of their royalty united under the name of one pretender. But to Sulu Royalty, there are numbers of pretenders. Why?
How can the Sultanate sinks into her current state today? Here is the explanation.

The designated Sultan

The last Sultan of Sulu, His Highness Sultan Jamalul Kiram II is the Sultan of Sulu who had signed an agreement known as the Carpenter Agreement which transferred all of his sovereignty to the United States. Nevertheless, the Sultan died heir-less. Thus the throne was succeeded by his brother, the Sultan Mawallil Wasit.

The Sultan Mawallil Wasit only reigning only for six months before he died due to poisoning. The death of Sultan Mawallil Wasit in 1936 has triggered a series of succession crisis in Sulu. A niece to Sultan Jamalul Kiram II, Dayang-Dayang Hajah Piandao has acted as "Sandah" or Regent during this time. Nevertheless, the Dayang-Dayang Hajah Piandao has done the outrageous act which proclaimed her husband, Datu Ombra Amilbangsa as the Sultan of Sulu, Sultan Amirul Umara II even though his husband is not the rightful heir to the throne. 

Not only that she proclaimed her husband as the Sultan of Sulu (Clearly due to her own personal gain), She also the one who filed a claimant to the High Court of North Borneo regarding the Sabah payment according to 1876 Agreement (Claiming Sabah is more important to her rather than fighting for independence from United States I supposed). The other members of the royal family who against the act proclaimed another member of the Royal family named Datu Tambuyung, who is the great-grandson of Sultan Shakirullah (1821-1823) as the Sultan of Sulu using the reigning named of Sultan Jainal Abirin. This is the starting point of the Sulu Royalty to have more than one Sultan at one time. (Not to mention those who are not Royalty also try their luck to become the Sultan of Sulu.)

It is under this time that the Philippine Government under the memorandum of 20th September 1937 does not acknowledge any heirs from Sultan Jamalul Kiram II as the Sultan of Sulu.

The Claimant of lost territory

It is unpredictable to say of what will happens to the Sulu claimant of Sabah in the future. Nevertheless, it is safe to say that it took a wise, brilliant and dependable Sultan to do the job of reclaiming the lost territory. We doesn't have to look far into other continents because this so called the claimant of territory lost due to cession agreement example is here in our own backyard. Not to mention we have the example of Those who dropped the claimed, Those who succeeded in the claimed, and those who failed.  

Those who dropped the claimed

The case of Sulu and Sabah has a very closed resemblance with the case of Sultanate of Kedah and the State of Pulau Pinang, both are States of Malaysia. The Penang Island and Province Wellesley are both ceded to the British during the agreement of Francis Light and Sultan Abdullah of Kedah in order to protect the Sultanate from the Siamese invasion. Up until this days, the State of Penang still paid an annual cession payment of RM10,000 to the Sultanate of Kedah. Even though there are attempt by historian to claimed Pulau Pinang back to the Sultanate, the two States are living quite harmoniously and co-existence with one another. 

Those who succeeded the claimed  

Remember, it took a brilliant and dependable Sultan to succeed in the claimant of lose territory. And Sultan Alang Iskandar Shah of Perak is an example of a brilliant Sultan in his days (Something that Dayang-dayang Hajah Piandao lack). The territory of Dindings were once previously ceded to British and at some point becoming a Straits Settlement. Nevertheless, Sultan Alang Iskandar Shah manage to reclaimed back his lost territory and currently the Dinding is a district in the Sultanate of Perak. Many Malaysian, even Perakian has already forget that the Dindings were previously a Straits Settlements.

Those who failed.

After witnessing the House of Bendahara been ousted from Singapore, it is inevitable for Temenggung Abu Bakar to witnessed that  he also would lost the territory of Singapore to British (which once a territory of the Sultanate of Johor). In the agreement, British would paid S15,000 annually to Temenggung Abu Bakar as cession payment of Singapore. Nevertheless, he is also a brilliant leader to not accepting the payment but made one slight twist in the agreement. Rather than received the payment, he would like a permanent grant of land settlement in Singapore. Which the British agreed and the Sultan of Johor, even though lost the island of Singapore, manage to deflect a total lost where his personal property in Singapore still belong to him. And up until this day, the Flag of Johor still waving proudly in the heart of Singapore, and the Masjid Temenggung on the piece of land still been managed up to this day, by the Government of Johor.

So, as the conclusion, it is already too late for the descendant of Sulu Royalty to claimed back the Sabah territory as the Sabahan up until this day rejecting the idea of handed over the State back to Sulu. It is also weird to think about it, because how a small island of Sulu has the guts to claimed a vast land of Sabah. (All the above land concession mention above only cover a piece of land of the respective Sultanate's vast territory). It is best to give suggestion for the Sulu Sultanate to learn how to co-exist with the State of Sabah peacefully just like how the Sultanate of Kedah and State of Pulau Pinang can live with one another and not came up with barbaric solution of announcing war to others. 

PS :: picture will come as soon as possible.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

A visit from the Queen

Her Majesty the Raja Permaisuri Agong (the Supreme Queen) of Malaysia, Tuanku Hajah Haminah consent to visit the families of the late Inspector Zulkifli bin Mamat and Coperal Sabaruddin bin Daud who died in the battle of Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu, Sabah on 1st March 2013. The Tuanku Hajah Haminah departed to the Malaysian Royal Air Force base in Subang to visit and gave her personal contribution to the families. Both of the families were at the Subang Air Base to claimed the late body of Zulkifli and Sabaruddin to be laid to rest at their respective homeland. In the picture, the Queen is seen touching the cheek of the late Inspector Zulkifli's son watched by his wife, Nor Aziah who sits on a wheelchair. She is currently pregnant with their third child. 

picture from Maharum Bugis Syah 
On 1 March 2013, three days after Malaysia's extended deadline for the intruders to leave Lahad Datu, a firefight between the Malaysian Security Forces and Filipino armed intruders broke off in the silent village of Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu, Sabah. The Filipino intruders, claiming themselves as the Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo was sent by Jamalul Kiram III, one of the pretenders to the throne of the Sultanate of Sulu. They arrived from Simunul Island, Tawi-Tawi of Southern Philippines on 11 February 2013. Their objective is to resolved their unresolved territorial claim to eastern Sabah. They arrived in the number of 235 people and some of them were armed. 

14 people were killed in the skirmish where 2 of them are Malaysian Police Commandos. The Police also has ordering the armed intruders to surrender by sending a leaflets through from airdropped both in Malay and Suluk reading : "Warning, Lay down your arm. Surrender. Surrender. Surrender." The armed intruders had been cordoned off by the police on Feb 12 after their arrival and put their claim in Sabah. Due to the skirmish, the town of Lahad Datu is almost deserted with many of the business premises closed down and the dwindling of the number of vehicles. 

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abd Razak has stated that, he had given Malaysian Security Forces to take "any action" against the group. He also added that there will be no compromise for the sultanate's forces and that "either they surrender or face the consequences". 

Jamalul Kiram III, the false pretender

Who is exactly Jamalul Kiram III and what is his relation with the Sulu Sultanate? He is one of many pretenders to the throne of the Sultanate of Sulu. It is unclear the reason why he wants to claim the Sabah territory even though his claim is a false one, as he is among those of fake pretenders trying his luck to become a Sultan of Sulu. His bloodline is actually descended through his father Sultan Punjungan Kiram by his wife, Sharif Usna Dalus Strattan. His father is not a royalty by blood but only a stepson to Sultan Mawallil Wasit, brother of Sultan Jamalul Kiram II who died childless. Sultan Punjungan Kiram were actually a son of Sultan Mawallil Wasit's wife named, Mora Napsa Laga by her previous husband, an Imam named Amil Hamja before she been coerced to marry Sultan Mawallil Wasit. 

So, Jamalul Kiram III is actually does not even have the rights to the throne of Sulu as he is only a descendant of the stepson of the royal. Thus, from his behavior we can actually stated that he is unfit to rule and not qualified even by moral to be installed as the Sultan of Sulu.

Radin's Blog Official Statement

Due to recent conflict arose in Lahad Datu and the problems they have caused to Sabah, the State Beneath the Wind, it is obvious he doesn't even has the basic of a true monarch. A Sultan need to be compassion and try his best to protect his subjects well-being and not declaring war to others just for his own personal gain. Radin's Blog from this day onward reject, deny and will not acknowledge any claims from Jamalul Kiram III and his descendants to the throne of the Sultanate of Sulu


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