Moro Leader Muslimin Sema Rubbishes Nur Misuari’s Claims Against Malaysians

Muslimin Sema
Muslimin Sema is vice Mayor of Cotabato City and leader of a rival faction of the MNLF.

KOTA KINABALU: Restive former Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor Nur Misuari has lost touch with reality when making accusations against Malaysian leaders, says a top Moro leader Muslimin Sema.

Muslimin said that when Nur Misuari accused certain Malaysian leaders of working with Abu Sayyaf groups behind the cross border kidnappings, it was a clear sign that he was “separated from reality”.

“Alleging that Malaysia is involved with the Abu Sayyaf group is ridiculous,” said Muslimin, who leads the rival faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

Muslimin said Nur Misuari was not thinking right by accusing Malaysia and its leaders of having links with the Abu Sayyaf cross border kidnapping activities.

To a question whether there was any link between Nur Misuari and Abu Sayyaf, Muslimin said he was not in the know.

“But it is a fact that Nur Misuari lives around Abu Sayyaf people in Sulu (Jolo).”

Presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza was quoted as saying the concerns of MNLF founding chair Nur Misuari, third left, and his followers would have to be handled separately from that of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the MNLF Muslimin Sema faction.
Presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza was quoted as saying the concerns of MNLF founding chair Nur Misuari, third left, and his followers would have to be handled separately from that of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the MNLF Muslimin Sema faction.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman had challenged Nur Misuari to name those allegedly involved but Nur Misuari only responded that he would do so at the International Court of Justice.

Nur Misuari, who has been on six months amnesty from criminal charges involving the Zamboanga City siege, met with President Rodrigo Duterte on Nov 3, as part of a measure to bring peace to war-torn southern Philippines.

Muslimin said he believed the invitation extended to Nur Misuari was part of Duterte’s efforts to bring all groups together to promote peace in the country.

He said his MNLF faction was working together with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) towards the peace process and that Nur Misuari was still having “grand illusions” about being the key leader of the Moros.

“Nur Misuari is dreaming when he claims that the peace process can be done without MILF and MNLF. He is not the only leader,” Muslimin, the Cotabato City vice-mayor added.

He said the MNLF wants to ensure the 1996 peace accord that saw the formation of ARMM be successful and the process of peace could be achieved through collective efforts.

“Nur Misuari must remember that the people want peace and progress. They do not want to fight any more,” he said.

  • This article first appeared in the Star