Darlan Palencia Barcelon
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.
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.