MANILA -- Malaysian authorities only extended by 48 hours, or until Sunday, the deadline for the Sultanate of Sulu’s “royal army” to leave Sabah.
In a report, Malaysia’s The Star Online said the Friday deadline "was extended by 48 hours after the Philippines government requested for a four-day extension till Tuesday on the grounds that Manila was trying to persuade the Sulu group to give up their stand.”
The standoff, which began when more than 100 Filipinos led by Muda Azzimudie Kiram, the brother of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, entered Lahad Datu in Sabah last February 9.
The group said they have claims over Sabah, citing numerous historical accounts and rental receipts from the Malaysian government.
Both the Malaysian and Philippine authorities are in deep discussions to end the standoff peacefully.
Malacanang earlier described the situation as “relative quiet” amid the insistence of Kiram’s group to remain there.
Government officials have yet to comment on the developments.