KOTA KINABALU - The death of self-proclaimed Sulu sultan Jamalul Kiram III, who ordered the armed intrusion into Sabah in February, is not likely to dilute the security threat posed by Sulu militants to the state.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said Jamalul was on the wanted list by Malaysian police for his role in the Sulu intrusion, led by his brother Agbimuddin Kiram, into Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu.
"We are verifying news reports about his death. At the moment, we are unable to confirm it officially," Hamza said when contacted over Jamalul's death, as announced by his daughter on Sunday.
He said Malaysian security forces would continue to be on the alert for any intrusion by the group.
Jamalul was one of the many self-proclaimed heirs to the now-defunct Sulu Sultanate who have been claiming Sabah as their ancestral land.
His daughter Jacel Kiram, in disclosing that her father died of multiple organ failure, said he wanted them to continue to pursue the Sabah case.
"My father said 'you have to be strong because we still have a mission in life, what needs to be returned should be returned to us'," Jacel said.
Agbimuddin, who led more than a hundred followers to stake their claim on Sabah, has disappeared without a trace after he fled Sabah following his defeat to Malaysian security forces in March, a month after he walked into Kampung Tanduo.