TAWAU (Bernama) – The attempts by extremist groups from the southern Philippines to create tension in Sabah are futile and would not serve to benefit the local Suluk community, according to a grass-root leader here.
Sabah Suluk Solidarity Council secretary Mohd Zaki Harry Susanto said the groups’ action to undermine Malaysia’s sovereignty had impacted negatively on local Suluks whose origins could be traced to Sulu, Southern Philippines.
He urged the community, now an ethnic group in Sabah to guard against being drawn to the extremists who were out to indoctrinate them.
“We should be grateful that we have become Malaysian citizens. Compared to the Suluks in the southern Philippines we are far better off and living peacefully here,” he said in a statement here yesterday.