Seeks full probe of the ‘Impostor Sultan’
By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL
DARUL JAMBANGAN, Maimbung, Lupah Sug: The legitimate 35th Sultan in the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (Sabah) has issued stern warning to the Filipino people as well as to the residents of Sabah including those residing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to disregard a man claiming to be a Sultan of Sulu and introducing himself as “Sultan Mudarasulail A. Kiram.”
Incidentally the real name of the true or legitimate one is Sultan Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram who is a real Tausug and the son of the late Sultan Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram who reigned from 1974 to 1986 as the Sultan of Sulu. He is also the nephew of Sulu Gov. Abdusakur M. Tan since his mother Farida Tan Kiram is the cousin of the Sulu provincial governor.
Historical background of the fake Sultan
Whereas the other one by being fake according to confirmed sources is actually known by his real name as Paijal bin Naim of Sabah and whose father is a Badjao.
Hence, in reality the one sporting the royal title “Sultan Mudarasulail A. Kiram” who recently visited the office of National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Commissioner Yusoph J. Mando is the fake one who usurped and pretended as Sultan of Sulu.
Sultan Muedzul-Lail finally revealed that the fake one has completely usurped his legal personality and succeeded in having an identity theft that even his name was almost copied completely since his real name as Muedzul-Lail was adopted by the fake Sultan and called himself as Mudarasulail.
In an interview with Sultan Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram he narrated to the Philippine Muslim Today how this Paijal Naim succeeded as pretender or impostor by being “Sultan Mudarasulail A. Kiram.”
Sultan Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram narrated that “it was sometime in 2010 when I travelled to Kuala Lumpur on the request of some of my friends there. Then this Paijal Naim approached me and asked for a photograph with me. Since then, he began to show to everyone he knows in Malaysia that we are brothers. He is just a little younger than my late father Sultan Mahakuttah Kiram.”
The scam begins here
Then according to the legit Sulu Sultan his confirmed sources from Kuala Lumpur said the fake Sultan had started his shenanigans and was able to amass big sum of money from some Malaysians on his modus operandi of engaging in “fake royal title for sale.” That is for a big sum of Malaysian ringgit one can be conferred with the royal title of Datu or Datuk in Malaysia by declaring them as Datuk.
Thus, the real Sulu Sultan added that in 2017 this fake Sultan was on the run hiding from Malaysian law enforcement authorities for deceiving some Malaysians of his fake royalty. He has string of cases of estafa hurled against him in the Malaysian Court of Justice.
He deceived several Malaysians both Indian and Chinese who were gullible enough to believe on his fake awarding of royal title for a fee.
“The victims even came to me to report that they paid an amount of money to Paijal Naim as payment for the royal title that had been bestowed by this culprit on them,” the real Sulu Sultan divulged.
List of victims of scam and swindling
Sultan Kiram also disclosed that among those who complained goes by the name of Dato Seri Das Sebastian a big time businessman and Charity president Dato Seri Ridwan Sulaiman who told him that they were both scammed or swindled by Paijal Naim thinking that he was a legitimate or authentic Sulu Sultan and not a fake one. Thus, they ended also in having bogus royal titles of Datuk which they call it in Malaysia.
Fake birth certificate & passport
Finally, the fake Sultan was able to elude arrest by escaping to the Philippines via Sabah. Then he was able to obtain a birth certificate by means of late registration from the Local Civil Registrar of the municipality of Tapul, Sulu.
Consequently, he was able to secure Philippine passport by using the fake name of “Mudarasulail Alastam Kiram.”
“Thus, anyone can notice his name Mudarasulail is almost the same with my name Muedzul-Lail. The date of birth is between me and my father. Wherein the birthday of my father Sultan Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram was on August 1, and this fake Sultan he used August 8 as his birthday. Whereas my actual birthday is on August 28,” Sultan Muedzul-Lail narrated.
“It appeared that he is older than me for 20 days but the fact he is almost 70 years old,” the Sulu Sultan added.
Upon his arrival in the Philippines, he continued his illegal or criminal acts by deceiving more people.
Fake Princess title given to a ranking government official in Duterte administration
In fact, one of those victimized by Paijal Naim also like the Malaysians he successfully deceived is a respected government official from Mindanao under the Duterte administration.
However Sultan Kiram said for only the sake of journalistic information of this writer he revealed the identity of the deceived Philippine government official on condition that the name or true identity will not be published in this report.
“I do not like to add more insults to injury to the suffering felt by this lady government official. I know she was really insulted and will bear the humiliation for a lifetime,” stressed Sultan Muedzul-Lail.
As a clue to the readers but this writer agreed with what the Sulu Sultan has asked not to reveal the real identity of the victimized government official from Mindanao. The said official before she found out the true story that the “Royal Title” bestowed on her was a bogus one, she was happy and proud that she is now among the royalties or the so-called “Blue Royal Blood” of Sulu after her investiture as “Dayang-Dayang” or Princess in the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo.
In fact, according to Sultan Kiram, Paijal Alastam Naim pretending to be a legitimate Sultan of Sulu had even convinced the scammed or deceived government official from Mindanao to have her investiture ceremony at a posh 5-Star hotel at Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City so that it would appear very authentic and a memorable ceremony for a lifetime.
As have been agreed upon the true identity or the name of the aggrieved government official will not be revealed in order to protect her privacy and not to unearth more of her failures as she was already humiliated so much with the foolishness done by Paijal Naim as a fake Sulu Sultan.
But one thing we can reveal as a form of a clue she was formerly an elected Congresswoman from Mindanao in the House of Representatives. She is also a Doctor of Public Administration that she earned from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. Likewise she has another doctorate that is Doctor of Humanities. Then she also studied abroad particularly in the United States of America at the Harvard Kennedy School or the John F. Kennedy School of Government. It is actually the public policy school of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Then back here in the Philippines this scammed Princess of the Sulu Sultanate took up her Masters in National Security Administration (MNSA) at the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City by being a member of the class that graduated in 1989.
By being one of the NDCP alumni that would earn for a graduate to have an initial rank in the Reserve Military Force as a Lieutenant Colonel. Now after so many years just like a regular military officer in the AFP, the military establishment kept on promoting her rank. Now she is a 1-Star General in the AFP by being a Brigadier General in the Reserve Force of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).
NCMF Commissioner was victimized too
Be that as it may, pending disclosure of the scam or shenanigans of this Paijal Naim this fake Sultan continued his vices as what the language of the netizens says “Scam pa More.” His latest victim is the honorable, respectable and credible official of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) who considers himself as being appointed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to serve the Filipino people as a Public Servant by being one of the NCMF Commissioners.
At this juncture, the Commissioner being referred to is NCMF Commissioner Yusoph J. Mando who was fooled by Paijal Naim who pretended to be the Sulu Sultan when the latter made a courtesy call at his office at the NCMF head office along Commonwealth Avenue in Diliman, Quezon City.
Commissioner Mando was also deceived by Paijal Naim where he declared the Commissioner as Datu of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (Sabah). However, in fairness to the fake Sultan just like what he was doing in the past to all his prey, he did not ask for a fee from Commissioner Mando.
However, Sultan Kiram said although the fake Sultan did not ask for payment of the conferment of a royal title as a Datu to the honorable NCMF Commissioner their picture together valued so much that it is even priceless. You know what it has given more credence to his authenticity that including a high official of a Muslim government agency believed in him too.
As a matter of fact, Commissioner Mando who is a close friend of this writer gladly informed the latter that he is being visited by the Sultan of Sulu. Immediately the Philippine Muslim Today called up Sultan Muezul-Lail to say hello to him and asked him when did he arrive in Manila.
However, the Sultan answered in the negative that due to this pandemic travel restrictions at the airport like this RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction) test, it is a hassle and for this reason he added, he avoided traveling that’s why while pandemic on COVID-19 is still going and for his health protection he has himself put on self-isolation in his Astanah or Sultan’s official residence in downtown Jolo.
Going back to the visit of Paijal Naim at the office of the NCMF commissioner, Commissioner Mando said as a public servant his office is not selective and would always welcome anybody whether Muslim or non-Muslims to visit him. He said although the mandates of NCMF was established as a government agency to cater to the welfare of the Muslim Filipinos but many non-Muslims have visited his office especially those who are asking for conversion to the Islamic faith or they would like to perform the Shahadah. Hence, for non-Muslims, this Shahadah is the first step to be done when a person who would like to revert or embrace the Islamic religion by reading the Shahadah as in “Assahadu Allah Ilaha Illawla Assahadu Anna Muhammadur Rasullah.“ I bear witness that I have no other God to worship except Allah and that Prophet Muhammad is the last Messenger of Allah.”
In the meantime, Sultan Muezul-Lail Tan Kiram said he is hoping that the illegal activities of Paijal Naim of his pretensions will be put to an end so that there will be no more victims of scam as perpetrated by him as fake Sultan.
(Next: Philippine government interference is asked)