Zamboanga City-based IMT-Mission 11 Officers make final visit to Moro Village

Col. Mohd. Zakri Bin Abu, Kamaruddin Bin Sulaiman, both from Malaysian Royal Police (MRP) and Encik Danish of Brunei Royal Police (BRP) made their final visit to Barangay Tulungatung, Zamboanga City and bade farewell to leaders and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in a ceremony arranged and facilitated by Tirso Tahir, of the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) on February 13.

Leaders of the MILF Political Committee in three (3) Districts of Zamboanga City attended the affair.

In his message, Col Abu expressed his gratitude to the villagers for their hospitality and assured them of the same hospitality once they visit Malaysia. He told his audience to trust the new president and hope for the good outcome of the deliberation in congress of a new draft Bangsamoro Law come July this year. He urged them to be doubly patient for any untoward situation that may pose as challenge is a test to ‘eiman’ (faith).

In the open forum, when Col. Abu was asked how would the Malaysian Government react should there be an influx of  Moro people entering their country? He hesitantly replied but said it depends on national policy in dealing with Muslim brethren since the existing Malaysian Gov’t policy is strict on foreign nationals without proper travel documents entering Malaysian territory. He emphasized that he is just a soldier and a law abiding and law enforcement officer and not in a position to give appropriate answer.

When asked what would be Malaysia’s government  reaction on rumors that the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) is considering the termination of Malaysian facilitatorship of the peace process? Col. Abu succinctly replied, “There can be no reaction as rumor is always been a rumor and as far as I know there is such rumor looming”.

In his message, Dan Daranda, MILF Provincial Information Officer who read his message expressed gratitude to the visiting IMT Officers said:” As you lift your foot and step a pace and keep your presence away from us, bring along in your journey back home our deepest appreciation, commendation, love and gratitude for the good things that you shared with us. You will be remembered and shall remain in our hearts forever”.

Prominent personalities from the MILF Political Committee of Zamboanga City attended the occasion with Max Sumagang acted as Master of Ceremonies.
At the end of the program, tokens were exchanged between the departing IMT officers and the Zamboanga Political Committee.