Berita berikut mengenai pertempuran di Sabah tersebar tetapi ianya palsu:
Sabah fighting erupts anew
8 Malaysian Troopers Killed In Ambush By Sulu Sultanate’s Forces By Edd K. Usman Published: August 12, 2013
Violence erupted anew in Sabah as patrolling Malaysian forces clashed with followers of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo on Friday, killing at least eight Malaysian troopers, the sultanate’s secretary general, Abraham J. Idjirani, said yesterday.
Malaysia marked the end of Ramadan on Thursday, while officially the holiday was observed on Friday in the Philippines.
He said special forces from the Sarawak state, a neighbor of Sabah, were patrolling the vast palm oil plantations in Felda Sahabat, Lahad Datu, Sabah, when they were ambushed by 50 Royal Security Forces (RSF).
“One of the top commanders of the RSF, Commander Uto Ubi, was leading his men on a patrol when they sensed the presence of the Sarawak security forces. The RSF men then positioned for an ambush,” said Idjirani.
“The first volley from the sultanate’s followers killed eight Malaysian forces, which they saw with their own eyes as they fell,” said Idjirani, also the spokesman of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III.
He said the RSF forces withdrew after several minutes of fighting but sustained no casualties.
Efforts to get an independent confirmation of the fighting as of press time did not yield result.
Idjirani said Rajah Muda Agbimuddin Kiram called him up by phone after the Eid’l Fitr prayer on Aug. 10 in Manila, between 8 and 9 a.m.
“Rajah Muda relayed to me the fighting. He said there were 200 special forces from Sarawak conducting patrol in Felda Sahabat,” the sultanate’s spokesman said.
Idjirani said Rajah Muda told him the patrol was from Sarawak because the forces in Sabah may not be too incline to fight the RSF who are Suluk (Tausug) people.
It could be recalled that Rajah Muda and 235 RSF men sailed to Sabah in early February to stake their “historical claim” over the resources-rich Borneo territory.
When the Malaysian government discovered them, they were asked to stand down and leave the island.
Rajah Muda refused, resulting in a three-week standoff that erupted on March 1 into a firefight, and a massive Malaysian offensive on March 5.
Figures released by the Muslim government showed 10 of their security men were killed while the sultanate’s forces suffered 70 fatalities.
Idjirani had also reported a round of fighting in June, but Malaysia and the Philippine government denied such incident happened.