LAHAD DATU: ‘I Saw His Face As He Fell’

11 03 2013

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Some foreign and some of our opposition link-medias are trying to make the Malaysian government and our security forces look bad on the Lahad Datu incident.

Please read: List And Photos of Policemen Killed In Semporna Shooting

People who only read their stories might believe those media reports.

That makes me very sad and angry because I love my country very much.

I think that it is unfair for anybody to twist the facts for their own agendas.

I was shocked reading how cruel are those Sulu militants who illegally entered our country and killed our security forces.

They are so cruel that they even mutilated the bodies of fallen heroes after they killed them.

After what they did therir leader asked for a cease fire but keep on shooting our security forces.

Please read: Jamalul Kiram III Called For Ceasefire? Is This A Computer Game?

Please read this report from The New Straits Times:

(NST) ANGER AND SADNESS: VAT 69 commandos relive the nightmare of seeing their comrades get killed

LAHAD DATU: It was 3am and  pitch dark on the  heavily fortified beach we were on after a long, eventful day.
 
The previous day, security forces  had launched a massive attack on Kampung Tanduo where terrorists from Sulu had been holed up since  Feb 12. 
 
The fear was that they could have  broken through the security cordon and entered nearby villages.
 
Most of the security  personnel  around us had their eyes glued to their night vision binoculars  sweeping the waters ahead and the vast area behind us.
 
Our discussion on what we were planning to do later in the morning was interrupted by a security personnel who walked up from behind  unnoticed.
 
We stood up and turned his way, answering his “salam” that greeted  us.
 
The personnel, whom from then on we addressed as “Abang” asked us what we were doing there.
 
Our conversation revealed what many had wanted to know about what had happened on March 1, when the country was rocked by  news that two security personnel he referred to as “brothers”, were killed by the terrorists in an ambush.
 
Before us stood the commando  who was tasked with maintaining  the security cordon around Kampung Tanduo under Ops Sulu (now  codenamed Ops Daulat).
 
Initially, it seemed impossible to get Abang, whose face was weather-beaten and weary, to open up to us. He was not convinced we were  journalists until we showed him our press credentials.
 
It was clear to us then that as  much as he didn’t want to, as he had no authority to talk to civilians,  he wanted to defend his fellow comrades who had been accused  by some quarters as being part of a  staged “drama”.
 
Abang was one of roughly 40 VAT 69 commandos deployed in the first of three front lines to tighten  the security cordon.
 
VAT 69 is the main force. The second line is the police elite strike force, followed by the general operations force.
 
That morning, in a six-layer “U” formation, the VAT 69 team started  inching closer into the terrorists’  hideout in the village that was located several hundred metres from  the shore. Metres ahead of them  was an incline.
 
As they moved further in, personnel in the first line, which included fallen heroes Assistant Su perintendent Zulkifli Mamat, 29, and Sergeant Sabarudin Daud, 46, stopped in their tracks.
 
All personnel behind them, also stopped. They were suddenly face to face with several terrorists who had been hiding in a chest-deep ditch which was camouflaged with dried palm leaves.
 
“They all suddenly stood up and both sides had weapons trained at each other. Our brothers in front  were training their M-16s down at the terrorists… there were several  seconds of silence.
 
“We had instructions not to shoot  on sight as our mission was to seek and capture.
 
“During this stand-off, which  lasted a few seconds, we noticed more of them behind a slope, just behind the ditch.
 
“It was in that few seconds when their snipers from the slope shot our two brothers in the head,” he said, anger and sadness evident in his eyes.
 
Heavy exchange of gunfire ensued, and the commandos killed 12  terrorists.
 
Abang said when the shooting stopped, his team did not pursue the terrorists as they were uncertain of the enemies’ strength and numbers.
 
“I saw it all from where I was. I saw a glimpse of his face as he fell  back after being hit… it killed me,” he said, referring to one of his men who was shot. Abang then turned  and walked away.
 
As we, too, turned to walk back to  our base, we were approached by another personnel who had earlier passed us by as we were talking to Abang.
 
This VAT 69 commando, who  wanted to be identified only as Agus, was also part of Abang’s  team.
 
Pointing towards Abang, who by then had almost disappeared into the night, Agus said: “He’s very  affected by Tuan Zulkifli’s death. He saw him being shot in the head. He could not do anything but continued shooting at the enemy, even as Tuan Zulkifli’s lifeless body brushed against his leg after hitting the ground”.
 
Agus said the team had, for several mornings, been moving further into the village, setting up  camps as they advanced.
 
On that fateful morning’s mission, Agus was positioned in the  third row.
 
“When one of my brothers was shot in the leg during the shoot- out, my comrades in the fourth row pulled him further back.
 
“He was bleeding so heavily that I had to crouch to stop the bleeding with my left hand while I held my M-16 with my right hand, support ing the buttstock with my right  knee, for about half an hour.
 
“All this while the rest of us continued firing towards the ditch  and slope, until the enemy retreated,” he said.
 
At this point, another personnel who was standing close by joined us. His eyes were glistening with tears of anger when he told us how he felt with regard to the accusations that the Kampung Tanduo ambush was a political ploy. His demeanour changed.
 
It was difficult for both of us to hold back our emotions when this six-foot commando, whose face  was thick in grime, cried as he told us this: “It is something that will haunt you forever, seeing the lifeless bodies of your comrades mutilated. Imagine holding a family  member whose body had been mutilated, in your arms.
 
“One of them was my former squad member, who had a full life ahead of him,”  said the personnel  who was assigned to the water village in Kampung Seri Jaya,  Simunul in Semporna, to retrieve  the bodies of six personnel killed there during an ambush last Sat urday.
 
In the two separate ambushes, eight members of the security  forces were killed.
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Lahad Datu: Update On Kg. Tanduo Operation

5 03 2013

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said that the Malaysian security forces are in full control of areas in the east coast of Sabah .

This morning the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak made a statement that the Malaysian Security Forces have launched an attack Sulu intruders in Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu, Sabah at 7 a.m. today.

NST reported that at about 8.25 a.m. villagers fled the area as several explosions were heard while fighter jets and helicopters are also seen.

After the air operations, the ground troops went into the area.

NST also reported that six vessels, two each from the Navy, marine police and Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency were earlier seen leaving the marine police jetty.

In a press statement, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said the attack on the intruders is a success and no casualties were reported on the Malaysian side during the operation.

The Sulu intruders started a stand-off in Lahad Datu, Sabah since February 12, 2013 and do not want to leave our country despite the Malaysian police have arranged for meetings and discussions hoping that the intruders would agree to leave peacefully without facing serious action.

Last Friday, they fired shots at policemen on duty killing two police officers and on Saturday they killed another six policemen in Semporna.

Please read, Lahad Datu Shooting: 2 Malaysian Police Killed, 3 Injured and ‘List And Photos Of Policemen Killed In Semporna Shooting‘.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said Malaysia is not at war with the Philippines government as the intruders are not recognised by the Philippine government.

He further said that if they are detained,  they will face criminal charges including for murder.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein confirmed that none of the Malaysian security forces were injured in this morning’s operation.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi confirms security forces utilised 3 F/A-18D fighter bombers and 5 Hawk 208 fighter jets in this morning’s operation during a joint press conference with Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein today.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah said that Sarawak police are sending reinforcement of 500 policemen from its 10th Battalion in Sibu, 11th Battalion in  Kuching and 12th Battalion in  Miri, to Sabah today.

At a 4 p.m. press briefing, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said that the operation is ongoing and that he believed that the remaining Sulu soldiers were still in and around the operation area, adding that it was unknown whether some managed to escape to other nearby villages such as Tanjung Batu.

I love my country and I think so do most people in Sabah and that they do not want those intruders to disturb their lives and causing lots of troubles to everybody.

I pray that there will be no more casualties on the Malaysian security forces and this operation will be a success.

When I supported the opposition parties in Pakatan Rakyat (PR), I thought that the Malaysian police was bad and brutal because PR leaders always say so.

Now I am proud of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and I think that they are our heroes.

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Security Forces Launched Operation To Apprehend The Armed Intruders At Kg. Tanduo – PM

5 03 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, March 5 (Bernama) – The security forces have launched operation to apprehend the armed intruders at Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu, Sabah at 7 a.m. today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said in a statement issued here today.

– BERNAMA

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  4. Photos of Lahad Datu Shooting

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