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A Malaysian Royal Datu installed Sultan of Sulu Sultanate


The interim government of the Sultanate of Sulu proclaimed Datu Mohammad Akjan Bin Datu Ali Muhammad as the de jure reigning Sultan of the realm on February 2, 2011, at Kampung Likas, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. The newly installed Sultan is officially known with his regal name as His Majesty Paduka Malunan Al-Sultan Sharif ul-Hashim II or in short, Sultan Sharif ul-Hashim II. A Malaysian businessman Datu Mohd. Akjan belong to the ruling royal families of Sulu Sultanate, whose bloodline can be traced to Sultan Muizzuddin family royal lineage. He was born in Jambangan, Nipah-Nipah, Siasi, Sulu, on November 23, 1957, and resided at Sabah State since 1962. A holder of Doctorate (Ph.D) Diploma, with major in Business Administration, Dr. Datu Akjan has his own multi-million Corporation with head office at Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is currently the Chairman of Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (The Islamic Welfare and Sermon Organization of Malaysia) or PEKIDA Malaysia, Sabah Division, and Chief of PEKIDA Malaysia International Affairs.

The installation ceremony of Sultan Sharif ul-Hashim II was witnessed by the delegation from the Royal House of Maimbung, Sulu, led by Rajah Muda (Crown Prince) Datu Tirona Kiram. While the delegates from the Royal House of Patikul, Sulu was led by the Sultanate’s Deputy Prime Minister Datu Wadduhail Kalbi: The occasion was also attended by members of the Council of Royal Datus, Ulama, Sharifs, the United Tausug People’s Consultative Council led by their Legal Counsel, Atty. Meltino Sibulan, and the Council of Sulu Professionals  headed by Professor Hadji Greg Concepcion. Some senior officials of the Sulu Sultanate interim government headed by the Sultanate’s Prime Minister and members of the Rumah Bichara also witnessed the occasion.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Datu Akjan or Sultan Sharif ul-Hashim II said that he will work peacefully for the general welfares of his “ra’ayats” ( citizens ) both in Sulu and Sabah. He stated that the Bangsa-Sug or Tausugs have been suffering hundred of years of oppression, domination, treachery, and deception. He further said that the royal citizens of the Sultanate of Sulu has been deprived of peace and tranquility in their homeland, and denied of the bounty of its natural resources.

He promised to make the representation with the government of Malaysia to stop the deportation of the Bangsa- Sug or Tausugs in Sabah State to the Philippines because they are not Filipino citizens. With the colonization of Sulu Sultanate by the United States of America and its illegal incorporation to   the Philippine Republic, the Sultanate of Sulu became a  non-self government territory and the Tausugs are stateless people. This is also true with the Sulu Sultanate territory of North Borneo or Sabah that was colonized by the Great Britain and later illegally incorporated with Malaysia. The deportation of the Tausugs or Bangsa–Sug to the Philippines is in gross violation of their human rights. This matter should be reported to the proper authority of the United Nations to address the problem accordingly, said Sultan Sharif ul-Hashim II.

By Datu Albi Ahmad Julkarnain

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