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An exclusive interview by The Philippine Examiner with [the living witness], Shariff Usman Datu Ismael Ali Sultan Toron Lawan Dumaga  or Amah Ali.

This is a rare opportunity in  meeting him as a resource person.  His sharp photographic memory  was  a humbling journalistic experience  for a contemporary working journalist  like  me,  who depend so much on the availability of source of information on internet. He is truly worth of his title as a Living Witness of his quaint past.

Amah Alih is an important “persona” to the life of Raja’s and the Queen’s quest to get back the lost throne of Lupah-Sug. As the unfinished saga of the real heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo continue, he acted as their spiritual guide.

Amah Alih is an important “persona” to the life of Raja’s and the Queen’s quest to get back the lost throne of Lupah-Sug. As the unfinished saga of the real heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo continue, he acted as their spiritual guide.

Quezon City, [09.08.12] – There are two compelling reasons for Shariff Usman Datu Ismael Ali Sultan Toron Lawan Dumaga  or Amah Ali, as the spiritual guide to his grandson, [Sultan Mohammad Ghamar Mamay Hasan Abdurajak  and  HRH Baginda Helen Fatima Nasaria Abdurajak] to prioritize  his sense of expediency be made by himself as  his top priorities  in coming out in the open  to reveal the truth, before old age overtake him.

The first reason is to call upon and convince the Aquino government  to  be pragmatic in rendering decision  recognizing the genuine heirs of the lost kingdom of Lupah Sūg , [Sultan Mohammad Ghamar Mamay Hasan Abdurajak  and  HRH Baginda Helen Fatima Nasaria Abdurajak] so that a lasting peace plan be restored again in Mindanao.

The heirs and successors to the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo is one of the key that will open the way for a genuine development of  the long forgotten.

The second reason is, to make a decisive  move to make the people of Autonomous Region of  Muslim Mindanao [ARMM] – the Muslims, Lumads and Christians  be given  the  preferential treatment, equal opportunities in the decision making-process  in  the crafting  of the peace and development agenda of their homeland. Because these are also their shared responsibilities as   legitimate stakeholders in making   a turn-around into a reality,  on this troubled land.

Let the Lumad’s, Christian’s and  Muslim’s  inherent rights to their ancestral domains  be  respected. Let them be the stewards to their own lands, free from the encroachment of land grabbers.

Agricultural development projects  under the signed covenant with Tribal leaders of Mindanao  was initiated by  Raja Mohammad Ghamar Mamay Hasan Abdurajak  and  HRH Baginda Helen Fatima Nasaria Abdurajak  will  ensure the food security of the country through cooperatives.  A positive approach to stop  the ongoing war  in Mindanao was initiated through a blood compacts with the existing armed groups in including local politicians so that peace and development  be achieved.

A climate for business will be developed  so that investments on power, mining, natural gas and oil explorations, will be a robust  opportunity of employment in  Mindanao. The so called  “Eye of  the Oil” is situated in Liguasan marsh,  was long overdue because of the  ongoing conflict.

Liguasan marsh is a wetland located in Mindanao River Basin and is being shared by the provinces of Cotabato, Maguindanao and Lanao.

This regional development agenda  will  definitely empower the Lumads, Muslims and Christians economically, culturally and politically.

The living witness is, Shariff Usman Datu Ismael Ali Sultan Toron Lawan Dumaga  or Amah Ali. The man is 109 years old  and  was born on July 3, 1903 in Kudat, Malaysia [Kota Marudo].

He is a brother of Tunku Abdul Rahman of Malaysia. The former Malaysian president who was known in Sulu by name as  Sharrif Hasan Pasang [Jamalul Alam]/Sharrif Kamaluddin.

He is also  the grand father of  Raja Mohammad Ghamar Mamay Hasan Abdurajak,  his grandson and  the only replacement  to the throne as the 16th successor, after Sultan Raja Husin Kamaludin.

Amah Alih is the spiritual father of HRH Baginda Helen Fatima Nasaria Abdurajak.

“Kaya habang buhay pa ako, kailangan,  hindi dapat mailipat sa iba ang kayaman ng mundo”, “Ang tunay na Sultan ay ang aking apo na si Mamay,  kailanman ay walang  makukuhang  langis sa ilalim ng Liguasan, kung hindi sa pamamagitan ng tunay na  Raja.” Amah  revealed.

Our ancestors and the Spirits guarding the vast Liguasan Marsh are getting restless to the ongoing squabbles  and conspiracies between the greedy fake claimants to the throne who are using some powerful and influential politicians, he averred.

“Before I die and be with Allah, I want to see that the rightful heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo be known to the whole world, so that the  vast wealth of Mindanao and North Borneo will be under the hands of its legal tenant”, he  added.

Amah Alih  is an important  “persona”  to  the  life of  Raja’s and the Queen’s quest to get back  the lost throne of Lupah-Sug. As  the  unfinished saga of the real heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo continue,  he acted as their spiritual guide.

The man is also gifted with spiritual powers in healing. He is a “pomoh” or  a healer  in his community. Although he never had a formal education, yet he is a man of wit.  His sense of humor makes him a funny companion.

His fervent belief to Allah is his real strength in against evils. True to his faith, together with his spiritual twins, they  can use prayer in thwarting evil designs.

Several plans to plunder the oils and minerals of Liguasan marsh by astute politicians and investors all failed to materialize because of their strong belief to their faith.

A saga  continue which spanned into four generations, the chronicle of events which is almost synonymous  to a myth, as he narrated the significant events of  the past  – the living witness is almost craftily casting a spell about the life of his grandson.

The long best kept  secrets  about the life of  the long lost Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo, together with his 109 colorful adventures in life in his distant past.

His vivid  accounts  about the conspiracies lodged against the late  Jamalul Kiram II, until the successful poisoning was  amazing. There is no question that he is  indeed the living witness and the key to the restoration of the lost kingdom.

He travelled  incognito out of Sultan Kudarat  under  the watchful eyes of his two companions to reveal the truth  to the whole world, that Sultan Mohammad Ghamar Mamay Hasan Abdurajak  is the  rightful heirs and  the 16th successor, after Sultan Raja Husin Kamaludin.