It is true what people say, that to judge someone, we need to see their friends. So, it is not surprising when the Chairman of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), Nur Misuari refers to Anwar as his ‘old friend’ because it is obvious that they have the same character, lying.
Since the beginning of Lahad Datu intrusion, as Malaysians are still shocked, Philippines media and international news agencies then reported intel which points Malaysian opposition, as the leader behind the incident. From there, we see how Anwar Ibrahim really went all out in denying the claim which led us to the parody, “You ulang, I saman” (You repeat, I sue) which can be seen in social networking sites.
The expose was strengthened with intels including a photo showing Anwar making a few secret meetings with Nur Misuari for a few times.
For that, Anwar explained that the expose should not be taken as evidence because MNLF is not the one which intrude Sabah, the ‘Sulu army’ did. Not long after that, Nur Misuari himself made a statement offering help to assist Malaysia in negotiating with Sulu, which was then rejected by Malaysia.
However, the next development proves that these two old friends have been lying when most of the terrorists who were killed are identified as MNLF members.
And today, we get to see the real side of Nur Misuari as he claimed that Malaysia has been using MNLF, to stop the efforts to unite Moro tribe as well as its fight to liberate the southern Philippines. He also claimed that Malaysia has invaded Sabah and Sarawak.
He then challenged Malaysia to prove its rights over the two states through legal documents.
Thus, who is really demanding for Sabah? Sulu or MNLF? Why would Nur Misuari lie at first?
Nur Misuari should be grateful over Malaysia’s effort because 15 million Muslims in southern Philippines get to live in peace and rights over their own land since the invasion of Spain in 17th century.
The Peace Treaty has ensured that no one are abused or ignored without denying the power of Philippine government. The 10 main principle acknowledges Moro tribe as well as establishing political autonomy entity in Mindanao which enables Bangsamoro lead through democracy system by using Bangsamoro Basic Law in line with the state law.
It is clear that Nur Misuari hates peace. It is not surprising why he criticized the treaty and kept on pushing for chaos. And Sabah is his best choice.
The British North Borneo Agreement on January 22, 1878, stated on a lease by Sultan Sulu, Sri Paduka Maulana Al Sultan Mohamet Jamal Al Alam Bin Sri Paduka Al Marhom Al Sultan Mohamet Fathlon, all the rights and power over all the territories and lands being tritutary on the mainland of the island of Borneo commencing from the Pandassan River on the north-west coast and extending along the whole east coast as far as the Sibuco River in the south and comprising amongst other the States of Paitan, Sugut, Bangaya, Labuk, Sandakan, Kina Batangan, Mumiang, and all the other territories and states to the southward thereof bordering on Darvel Bay and as far as the Sibuco river with all the islands within three marine leagues of the coast with the price of RM5,000 annually, now changed to RM5,300.
On January 22, 1978, Sultan Sulu let go of his power over all the territories officially. On April 22, 1903, another document was signed to add a few other territories which were not mentioned in the previous agreement.
After Sabah and Sarawak joined Malaysia in 1963, with the approval of its people, Malaysia continued paying for the lease to Sultan Sulu like what is mentioned in previous agreements.
Thus, for Nur Misuari to speak on behalf of Sulu is ridiculous. With contradicting statements made from Sulu side, added with the confusion over who is the real heir of the sultanate, anything which Nur Misuari demands for or expressed do not mean anything because his arguments are baseless.
Especially with the evidence of foreign power funding the terrorism brought by Nur Misuari to Sabah. This shows that the claim he is making is not sincere and he has a much bigger purpose than to just claim Sabah.
Malaysia is not that stupid to see this as a small terrorist such as MNLF’s agenda. Instead, we could see the bigger foreign agenda which wishes to consume this region through the use of opposition from both Philippines or Malaysia.
That is why, the conclusion which we can find in this Lahad Datu episode, is that Nur Misuari, as well as his friend, Anwar Ibrahim, are just tools for America.