HIS MAJESTY SULTAN MUHAMMAD FUAD ABDULLA KIRAM I,
THE SULTAN OF SULU & THE SULTAN OF SABAH
Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram I
The 35th Sultan of Sulu & The Sultan of Sabah,
SROHS, SROS, SRSS, SRK, SRM
Best wishes and welcome to the official website of the Royal Hashemite
Sultanate of Sulu and the Royal Hashemite Sultanate of Sabah . Our
Royal Family with our four sons and two daughters namely HRH Prince
Ezzarhaddon A. Kiram -- Crown Prince of Sabah (Prince of Kota
Kinabalu), HRH Prince Al-Mezzheer A. Kiram -- Crown Prince of Sulu
(Prince of Jolo), HRH Prince Fuad A. Kiram -- Prince of Sandakan, HRH
Prince Mohammad Ismail A. Kiram -- Prince of Maimbung, with HRH
Princess Leila Mae Kiram and HRH Princess Maryam Jaya Kiram, offer you
also their warm greetings.
Law of Succession of the Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah
We have fulfilled the Law of Succession of the Royal House of Sulu and
Sabah (the Royal House of Kiram) when we were crowned on 3rd June 2006,
as the 35th Sultan of Sulu and Sabah . There are three (3) sacred and
vital provisions of this Law of Succession, i.e.:
1) That the most capable and most suitable among the male heirs and
direct descendants (sons or grandsons) of HM Sultan Muhammad Esmail E.
Kiram I (Sultan of Sulu & Sabah 1947 to 1973) must ascend the
2) That the Proclamation of the Royal Datus and the Sharifs
(descendants of Prophet Mohammed) of Sulu and Sabah must be secured as
to who is the Sultan among the male heirs and direct descendants of HM
Sultan Muhammad Esmail E. Kiram I (as members of the Royal Kiram blood
line of succession), and;
3) That the successor must have at least five (5) ancestors who were
consecutive Sultans of Sulu and Sabah.
Proclaimed by the Royal Datus, the Sharifs & the MNLF
We were proclaimed the 35th Sultan by the Royal Datus and the Sharifs
of Sulu and Sabah and the Moro National Liberation (MNLF) the freedom
fighter organization representing the people. We are the last surviving
son of HM Sultan Muhammad Esmail E. Kiram I, our beloved departed
father, who wrote the power of attorney to recover Sabah from Malaysia
in 1962 and 1969 in favor of the Republic of the Philippines, and our
rights as lawful and legitimate landowners of Sabah remained intact and
the same since 1658 up to this day.
Royal Kiram Sultans Great Ancestor
Our great forefather and ancestor HM Sultan Jamalul Kiram I (Sultan of
Sulu and Sabah 1823 to 1844), was the first Kiram Sultan plus his son
and grandchildren then my father together made seven (7) Kiram Sultans
of Sulu and Sabah up to 1973, whereupon our late eldest brother HM
Sultan Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram became Sultan of Sulu and Sabah from
1974 to 1986.
Policy to Recover Sabah from Illegal Occupation of Malaysia
Our policy as Sabah landowners is to recover Sabah from the illegal
occupation of Malaysia and to use the resources of Sabah with an annual
gross domestic product of over US$100 billion to develop and assist our
people in Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan, Zamboanga and Palawan, to build
schools, roads, drinking water supply systems, telecommunications,
hospitals and medical health services, refuge for the orphans, widows,
elderly, destitute and underprivileged. Sad to say, these services and
infrastructures are non-existent in the dominions of the Sultanate of
We urge Malaysia to pay the correct amount of rent based on the current
market value of Sabah and/ or agree to a “joint
administration” of Sabah and split the income derived between
the Sultanate of Sulu and Malaysia .
This offer of joint administration or joint venture is also offered to
all the Royal Sultans of the Federation of Malaysia to be the joint
venture partners of the Sultanate of Sulu to resolve the Sabah issues.
Tausugs Seek Help of the United Nations & International
Community to Protect Their Right as a Minority
Our grave concern and our beloved Tausug people now only numbering over
3 million scattered in Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Palawan, Zamboanga
peninsula and Sabah, that the Muslim Tausug people being a minority
group in 90 million Philippine Christian dominated population, and we
fear our centuries old arts and culture, our Tausug language, identity
and values as a people, now being eroded may be lost forever to the
Tausug future generations.
The Tausugs are the Indigenous People of the Sultanate of Sulu
We and our Tausug people seek protection of the United Nations and the
international community to protect our rights as a minority group in
the Philippines .
This plea of protection to the United Nations has a precedent when the
League of Nations in 1921 granted protection to Aland Soumi people in
Finland to protect their own identity, arts and culture, customs and
traditions and the Aland’s language.
Aland Soumi Autonomy/ Protectorate
Aland islands as an autonomy/ protectorate state though part of Finland
has its own parliament, administration and own government providing
services to its people, flag, national anthem, police force, army,
accepts aid and foreign direct investments, issues passports to its
citizens with Soumi Aland and Finland symbols and names in equal sizes.
Aland’s official language is Swedish while the rest of
Finland is Finnish.
Aland is a member of the Nordic Council (regional grouping of Nordic
nations) and can veto any international agreement that will affect
Aland and its people. The Aland’s parliament had to ratify
the decision of Finland to join the European Union before Finland
joined the EU.
Aland is an example of autonomy/ protectorate that works well for the
Alanders and guarantees their rights as a minority under the League of
Nations that became the United Nations.
Please browse and share our pride in our customs and traditions, our
system of government that started since 1405 and existing to this day.
Also, please note that the Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah is an
“Unconquered Kingdom” of warriors, brave and
courageous, dedicated to the defense of their beloved kingdom, people
and their customs and traditions that persisted for over 600 years.
We are in the service of the Royal Hashemite Sultanate of Sulu and the
Royal Hashemite Sultanate of Sabah under the benevolent auspices of HM
Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram I, The Sultan of Sulu & The
Sultan of Sabah, the 35th Sultan, after his late brother HM Sultan
Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram, 34th Sultan (Sultan of Sulu & Sabah
1974-1986), and his late father HM Sultan Muhammad E. Kiram I, 33rd
Sultan (Sultan of Sulu & Sabah 1947-1973).
Our primary duty and concern are to present to the world the undeniable
truth and facts about Sulu and Sabah . The Kingdom of Sulu was founded
in 1405 but became the Sultanate of Sulu in 1457 while the Sultanate of
Sabah, including Palawan, were annexed in 1658 as the gifts of the
Sultan of Brunei to the Sultan of Sulu bestowing lawful ownership to
the Sultan of Sulu and the Sultanate of Sulu to this day.
Royal House of Sulu & Sabah and Royal House of Brunei , One
Family that Fought Invasion of Spain for Centuries
The Royal House of Sulu and Sabah and the Royal House of Brunei are
related by blood as one family. From 1521 to 1690, the Sultans of Sulu
and Sultans of Brunei fought jointly the invasion and conquest of Spain
in their dominions in Muslim Philippines .
Rajah Lapu-Lapu, a Muslim royal prince, killed Spain ’s
explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 on Mactan island.
Rajah Suleiman (raja muda, crown prince of Brunei and son of the Brunei
Sultan), Muslim royal ruler of Manila with his Bruneian and Tausug
warriors, defended valiantly the Manila invasion of Don Miguel Lopez de
Legazpi in 1570 (first Spanish governor general) but Rajah/ Datu/
Pengiran Suleiman was heavily wounded and the Manila Muslim capital of
Luzon fell to the superior firepower and cannons of de Legazpi.
Sultans of Sulu & Sabah Fought Spain Alone from 1690 to 1898
From 1691 to 1898, the Sultans of Sulu with his brave and courageous
Tausug warriors fought singularly the Spanish conquest and invasion in
the Philippines till Spain lost to the U.S.A. in the Spanish American
War in Cuba in 1898.
The Unconquered Kingdom Signed Treaties as Sovereign & Powerful
The Sultanate of Sulu is known to the world as the
“Unconquered Kingdom” as it was never conquered by
the Spaniards ever since they arrived in the Philippines in 1521 (up to
their departure in 1898) and was never subjugated by the Japanese
during their march in Asia in World War II, as Sulu is a kingdom of
warriors, all consecrated in the defense of their beloved kingdom and
their beloved Sultan.
The sovereign Kingdom of Sulu founded in 1405 was transformed into the
Sultanate of Sulu in 1457 to this day. As proof of its sovereign status
as a powerful Kingdom and Sultanate it signed treaties and was
recognized by China in 1417, U.S.A. on 5th February 1842, France on
20th February 1845, U.S.A. again on 20th August 1899 entitled the Bates
Treaty and also other treaties with Portugal, Great Britain and Spain.
The Americans occupied the Sultanate with disastrous consequences as a
result of the 1898 Treaty of Paris as enumerated below:
Spain Fraudulently Included the Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah in
the 1898 Treaty of Paris
Spain unlawfully included the Sultanate of Sulu as part of the
Philippines when Spain signed the 1898 Treaty of Paris, that was a
treaty of surrender by Spain to the U.S.A., as Spain lost the Spanish
American War in Cuba in 1898. Spain ceded/ sold its possessions of Cuba
, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines . Spain did not conquer and did
not own the Sultanate of Sulu unlike the Philippines, so Spain had no
right to sell it to the U.S.A. .
The Americans, misled by Spain and worried on the inclusion of the
Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah in the 1898 Treaty of Paris,
compelled HM Sultan Haji Mohammad Jamalul Kiram II (Sultan 1893-1936,
brother of the grandfather of Sultan Fuad I), to sign the Bates Treaty
on 20th August 1899. The Bates Treaty was proof absolute that the 1898
Treaty of Paris was unlawful and questionable in relation to the
Article ceding the Sultanate to the U.S.A. .
The 1899 Bates Treaty Guaranteed Sovereignty & Protection of
the Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah by the Americans
The Bates Treaty stipulated the guaranteed and continued sovereignty
and enshrined the Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah as a United States
However, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt singularly abrogated and
terminated the 1899 Bates Treaty on 2nd March 1904, without informing
and without the consent of the Sultan of Sulu & Sabah, making
the said termination of the U.S.A. null and void and not valid because,
as per Law of Treaties and based on International Law, no one party can
terminate a treaty without the knowledge and consent of the other
Therefore, based on the Law of Treaties under International Law, the
20th August 1899 Bates Treaty signed by the U.S.A. will show and point
to the truth that the Hashemite Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah is
still a sovereign state and a United States Protectorate today.
Sultan Fuad I respects the actual view of the international community
of nations and the Philippine government that the sovereignty of Sulu
archipelago and Sabah is vested to the Republic of the Philippines
(without consent by the people of the Sultanate). However, due to
historical facts and aforementioned legal evidence, he does not agree
with this view and he and his committed supporters work for the full
restoration of sovereignty of the Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah by
Sovereignty as we see it can be achieved by the Sultanate becoming a
joint Philippine and U.S. Protectorate.
Malaysia Illegally Occupied Sabah From 1963 to This Day
Sabah and the island of Palawan were gifts by the Sultan of Brunei to
the Sultan of Sulu in 1658 that became the properties of the Sultan of
Sulu and the Sultanate of Sulu in 1658 to this day. Sabah was illegally
and unlawfully occupied by Malaysia since 1963 without the consent of
the lawful owners namely the Sultan of Sulu and the good people of the
Sultanate of Sulu.
It is the stated policy of the Sultanate of Sulu and its beloved people
to recover Sabah from the illegal occupation of Malaysia .
Fake Sultans & Impostors
Since the death of the 34th Sultan, HM Sultan Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram
in 1986, many impostors and fake sultans of Sulu and Sabah without
rights installed themselves “sultans” because of
greed and personal vested interests. These fake sultans want to make
money out of the Sabah issue and to claim the deposited assets of the
late Sultan of Sulu and Sabah in foreign banks.
We are duty-bound to expose these fake sultans to right the wrong, as
these impostors are not related to the Royal Kiram blood line of
succession of the Royal House of Sulu and Sabah and/ or the Royal Kiram
Sultans, as they are not the male heirs and direct descendants of and
are not lawful successors to the late HM Sultan Muhammad Esmail E.
Kiram I (33rd Sultan of Sulu and Sabah 1947 to 1973) and they are never
proclaimed as Sultan by the Royal Datus and the Sharifs of Sulu and
To be the Sultan of the Sultanate of Sulu and Sabah, the successor must
belong to the Royal Kiram blood line of succession as male heir and
direct descendant of the late HM Sultan Muhammad Esmail E. Kiram I, and
that the Proclamation of the Royal Datus and the Sharifs of Sulu and
Sabah as “Sultan” must be fulfilled and secured. As
a vital part of the Law of Succession of the Royal House of Sulu and
Sabah that the successor must have at least five (5) ancestors who were
consecutive Sultans of Sulu and Sabah.
HM Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram I, the True & Legitimate
Only HM Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram I, the 35th Sultan,
fulfilled these three (3) sacred, vital and necessary requirements of
the Royal Law of Succession of the Kingly Family of Sulu and Sabah.
In 2008, the Sultanate of Sulu is 603 years old, and for 185 years the
Sultan of Sulu and Sabah since 1823 was a direct heir of the Kiram
Royal Sultans from the time HM Sultan Jamalul Kiram I ascended to the
throne of Sulu and Sabah (he was the great ancestor of HM Sultan
Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram I and the primogenitor of the unbroken
lineage of the Royal Kiram Family of the Royal House of Sulu and Sabah
that exists to this day).
Official Policy: Reject Terrorism & Peaceful Co-Existence
The Vision and Official Policy of HM Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram
I wherein all activities of the Sultanate of Sulu and Sabah are based:
“We Reject Terrorism and Pursue Peaceful Co-Existence with
others through Peace, Unity, Harmony and Stability in the Sultanate,
the Philippines and other parts of the world.”
This website will help clear the many misconceptions and problems
created by the stolen sovereignty of and the arbitrary annexation
without people’s consent of the Sultanate of Sulu &
Sabah, by the many impostors and fake sultans, and the illegal
occupation of Sabah by Malaysia . Please browse through all the
information presented and do not forget to inform your family members
and friends to visit us also.
Our dearly beloved good people of Sabahan and descendants of great and
brave Tausug warriors living in Sabah and to the members of the Sabah
Pro-Independence Movement who made representations and met our Royal
Cabinet Ministers earlier on!
This is a special message of greetings and best wishes to the good
people of Sabah and to our Beloved Tausug descendants who are sons and
daughters of valiant, loyal and courageous Tausug warriors known
throughout history as defenders of the Sultanate of Sulu &
Sabah, the “Unconquered Kingdom”, who never yielded
and never surrendered to the invasion and conquest of Spain.
Sabah and Palawan were gifts by the Sultan of Brunei to the Sultan of
Sulu in 1658 when the Sultan of Sulu gave military assistance to quell
the rebellion on the island of Borneo by sending Panglima Illijji as
commander of the Tausug expeditionary force numbering over 2,500
battle-tested troops against the Spaniards.
Panglima Illijji (the great ancestor of Datu Prof. Dr. Hadji Nur P.
Misuari) and other Tausug warriors from Tapul and Parang, Sulu
performed his duties brilliantly that made Sabah and Palawan annexed to
the Sulu crown and properties of the Sultanate of Sulu to this day.
In 1878, the royal father of the grandfather of HM Sultan Muhammad Fuad
Abdulla Kiram I, HM Sultan Jamalul Ahlam Kiram, rented Sabah to a
British company with the provisions that it could not be transferred to
any person, company or nation without the consent of the Sultan of
The British took over Malaya and Sabah and continued to pay the rent
for Sabah to the Sultan of Sulu. The British left Malaya and Sabah in
1962 but instead of returning the Sabah property to the Sultan of Sulu,
it was illegally transferred to Malaysia without the consent of the
Sultan of Sulu.
IN 1963, MALAYSIA ILLEGALLY OCCUPIED SABAH TO THIS DAY. It was said
that a referendum was held for the people of Sabah to join Malaysia but
this referendum was unfair and unlawful because Malaysia did not inform
and did not give any opportunity to the owners of Sabah namely the
Sultan of Sulu and the Sultanate of Sulu to present their side as
landowners of Sabah before and during the said referendum.
Therefore, this referendum being unilateral and one-sided was unlawful
and null and void ab initio and had no effect on the land ownership of
the Sultan of Sulu and the Sultanate of Sulu over Sabah. Sabah is still
the property of the Sultan and the Sultanate of Sulu to this day.
His Majesty Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram I, The Sultan of Sulu
& The Sultan of Sabah, Head of the Sultanate and Head of Islam
in the Sultanate of Sulu & Sabah, along with the Royal Family
and the Royal Cabinet, support A FREE AND INDEPENDENT SABAH under a
Parliamentary Monarchy whereby Members of Parliament are elected by the
people of Sabah provided, howsoever, that a free and independent Sabah
will be under the reign of His Majesty Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla
Kiram I and his successors according to law of succession as King of
In this proposal, the King of Sabah will reign and the Sabah Parliament
will rule and administer services beneficial to all the people of
This proposal will finally resolve the age-old recovery problem of
Sabah because the Sultan of Sulu & The Sultan of Sabah as
lawful owner has agreed with this compromise solution that will be a
win-win position to everyone concerned.
This also means that the resources of Sabah and its gross domestic
product, as well as the nearly 1 million barrels of oil pumped per day
in Sabah, amounting to USD100 Billion per year, will be utilized for
social and economic developments of the beloved people of Sabah. As per
energy report, Sabah contains over 70% of oil reserves of Malaysia
today but with this reality, Malaysia (a Muslim nation), dispossessed
their Muslim brothers and sisters of their Sabah property without just
compensation. This act of Malaysia is Un-Islamic and against the law of
Allah and must be rejected by good peoples and the international
community of nations.
It is, however, necessary that Sabah assists in the much needed social
and economic developments of their underprivileged Muslim brothers and
sisters in the Sultanate of Sulu and of Mindanao.
This compromise solution is agreed to by His Majesty Sultan Muhammad
Fuad Abdulla Kiram I to resolve the Sabah recovery issue by peaceful
Eventually, once this proposal is well-received and welcomed by the
good poeple of Sabah, they will then become the masters of their own
destiny and the masters of their resources in Sabah worth over USD100
Billion per year, with said resources now siphoned off to Kuala Lumpur.
We pray the good people of Sabah will act on this once in a lifetime
opportunity to resolve the Sabah recovery issue by peaceful means.
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar!!!
1909 SULTAN SULU SABAH MORO SOLDIERS
Long Live Sultan of Sulu Sabah
Sultan Sulu Sabah asserts rights over
By Erika Sauler
Posted by: Giuseppe - SabahPhilippines@Gmail.com
Philippines—The Sultanate of Sulu & North
Borneo Sabah on Saturday declared it would assert its property rights
over Sabah North Borneo regardless of the unresolved
territorial dispute between the Philippines and Malaysia.
Sultan Esmail Dalus Kiram II said he had entered into an agreement with
foreign companies to develop Sabah, especially its oil and gas, to
press his proprietary rights.
In a speech at the Manila Pavilion Hotel in Manila, the sultan said,
“I am getting old and the wait is too long and so I decided
to sign a development contract with some legitimate foreign companies
to develop our property.”
He said he had sent copies of the contract to the Malaysian prime
minister to inform him “that we mean to exercise our rights
as stipulated by the British high court of Borneo (in 1939).”
Sabah was leased to the British North Borneo Co. in 1878 by the
Sultanate of Sulu but it was made part of the Federation of Malaysia in
1963 after the British granted it independence.
The Philippines’ pending claim to Sabah is dormant at this
time but Kuala Lumpur continues to pay yearly rent to the sultan.
The sultan’s son and royal commerce secretary, Abdula Kiram,
explained that “we will exercise ownership regardless of
which government owns [Sabah North Borneo].”
He said they will not question the sovereignty issue because it is
The younger Kiram lamented the measly US$1,000 Malaysia pays in annual
rent for Sabah compared to the US$10-12 billion annual income the
territory generates for the Malaysian government.
In the same forum, the sultan said they will tap private security
agencies to maintain law and order in Sulu.
He said, “The Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo Sabah
has decided to tap quasi-government security and peacekeeping agencies