Boat overloaded with holidaymakers capsizes in Borneo, 23 missing

Survivors gather on the shore of the Rajang River, Sarawak. Photo: Xinhua

Twenty-three people are missing in remote Borneo after a boat overloaded with holidaymakers heading home for a festival capsized yesterday in treacherous rapids on a jungle river.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 1:37am

Borneo river ferry capsizes, 21 missing

An overturned river ferry floats on Rajang River in Belaga, Sarawak State on Borneo Island, on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

Twenty-one people were missing after an overloaded boat carrying an estimated 100 passengers capsized on Tuesday in a remote Malaysian jungle river, police and a local official said.

28 May 2013 - 6:20pm

Death toll in Indonesia boat sinking climbs to 18

Relatives of victims look at a list of names of boat passengers at a rescue center in Samarinda town in East Kalimantan province on Friday as the death toll to rose to 18 from a boat accident in Mahakam river. Photo: AFP

The death toll from a boat accident in the Indonesian part of Borneo island rose to 18 on Friday with five people still missing, a provincial governor said.

The boat carrying workers from a plywood company sank on Wednesday after being hit by a huge wave as it travelled across the Mahakam River in East Kalimantan province.

19 Apr 2013 - 9:50pm

Filipino gunmen injure two Malaysian policemen

Weapons used by Filipino gunmen found in Tanduo village in Sabah, Malaysia. Photo: AFP

Malaysian police said on Sunday two officers were injured in shootouts with Filipino gunmen as they try to end a month-long incursion in remote Sabah state that has already left 61 people dead.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Over 50 arrests in strife-hit Malaysian state

Malaysia's Police Chief Ismail Omar shows a picture of a killed Filipino gunman during a news conference in Felda Sahabat on Friday. Photo: Reuters

Malaysian police said on Friday they have arrested more than 50 people in a remote state since the start of a nearly month-long incursion by Filipino Islamists.

9 Mar 2013 - 1:43am

Malaysia rejects ceasefire, kills 32 Filipino militants

Malaysian soldiers move into Tanduo village in Sabah state, where troops stormed the camp of Filipino militants. Photo: Reuters

Malaysia said clashes between intruding Filipino militants and its security forces had left 60 people dead as of yesterday, as it rejected a ceasefire offer from the fighters' leader.

8 Mar 2013 - 2:53am

Malaysia incursion toll rises to 60 after new clashes

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (right) meets Malaysian soldiers at Felda Sahabat, Borneo, in Malaysia's Sabah state, on Thursday. Photo: EPA

Malaysia said clashes between intruding Filipino militants and its security forces had left 60 people dead as of late on Thursday, as it rejected a ceasefire offer from the fighters’ leader.

7 Mar 2013 - 9:08pm

Philippine ‘sultan’ calls for ceasefire with Malaysia

Malaysian soldiers move into Kampung Tanduo, where troops stormed the camp of an armed Filipino group in Sabah. Photo: Reuters

A self-proclaimed Philippine sultan whose followers launched a deadly incursion into Malaysia last month called on Thursday for a ceasefire, following a major offensive by Malaysian troops.

Jamalul Kiram III declared a unilateral ceasefire for 12.30pm and urged Malaysia to reciprocate, according to a statement read out by his spokesman in Manila.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Malaysia intensifies hunt for Filipino invaders

Filipino protesters stage a rally against ongoing military actions by Malaysia against the followers of the Sultanate of Sulu at the gates of Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila. Photo: EPA

Malaysia's police chief said followers of a self-styled Muslim sultan had scattered after an air and ground attack on Tuesday on their stronghold in eastern Sabah state, aimed at ending Malaysia's worst security crisis in years.

7 Mar 2013 - 2:42am

Malaysia hunts missing invaders as more 'sultan of Sulu' fighters join

Malaysian army commandos are taken to join an assault armed Filipino invaders in Sabah. Photo: AP

Malaysian forces searched house-to-house on Wednesday after armed Filipino invaders apparently escaped a military assault, as a Philippine guerrilla warned more fighters had arrived.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Sultan of Sulu loyalists escape Malaysia military assault, group says

Malaysian army commandos board a helicopter for an assault on Filipino intruders in Sabah. Photo: AP

The national police chief also raised doubts about the success of the air and ground attack, saying "mopping up" operations had yet to find any bodies. That suggested at least some of the militants might have slipped away.

6 Mar 2013 - 4:03am

Malaysian troops sent to Borneo after police slain

Malaysian police commandos stand guard during a stand off with armed supporters of a Filipino sultan in Malaysia's Sabah state on Borneo Island. Photo: EPA

Malaysia sent hundreds of soldiers to a Borneo state on Monday to help neutralise armed Filipino intruders who have killed eight police officers in the country’s bloodiest security emergency in years.

4 Mar 2013 - 3:30pm

Six policemen among 13 dead as violence spreads in Borneo

Jamalul Kiram III. Photo: AP

Gunmen ambushed and killed six Malaysian policemen as fears grew that armed intruders from the southern Philippines had slipped into at least three coastal districts on Borneo island, officials said yesterday.

4 Mar 2013 - 8:55am

Seven killed in fresh clashes in Malaysian Borneo

Malaysian police at a security checkpoint in Cenderawasih in Borneo on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Five Malaysian policemen and two gunmen died in a fresh clash on Borneo as fears mounted that violence linked to a deadly standoff with Filipino intruders had spread to other areas, police said on Sunday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Malaysia threatens to take 'drastic action' against sultan's followers

Malaysian police carry the coffin of a colleague who died in Friday night's shoot-out with the Sultanate of Sulu's followers. Photo: Reuters

Twelve followers of the little-known sultan of Sulu and two Malaysian security personnel were killed in Friday's firefight, police said, as the more than two-week-old siege in a remote corner of Malaysia turned deadly.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:42am