Apr 182013
The brother of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III is still alive and in Sabah but is on the move, the sultan’s daughter claimed Thursday.

Princess Jacel Kiram said Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram is “safe” but is constantly mobile for his safety, radio dzBB’s Rowena Salvacion reported.

Agbimuddin had led an armed group to Sabah last February and engaged Malaysian security forces in a three-week standoff that ended in deadly clashes last March 1 and 2.

The deadly clashes prompted Malaysian forces to mount offensives against Kiram’s followers.

Princess Jacel also claimed as many as 400 supporters of Kiram had gone to Sabah.

On the other hand, Princess Jacel said they will likely wait for the next administration to pursue a peaceful resolution to the Sabah row.

Malaysia ups tourism pitch

Meanwhile, Malaysia is intensifying its tourism pitch to improve perceptions about Lahad Datu, Malaysia’s The Star Online reported.

Tourism Malaysia deputy director-general Datuk Azizan Noordin said this should allay fears of prospective visitors.

“We are also working with the various embassies and high commissions hoping that they will drop their advisories against travel to these areas. The situation in the areas is currently under control, and is not expected to deteriorate,” he said. — LBG, GMA News

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