The Guns of The Malaysian Police & Military During The Sulu Invasion

Earlier this month a group of armed Filipino men calling themselves the “Royal Army of Sulu” invaded a small Malaysian village. They were funded by a man claiming to be the Sultan of Sulu. The long-defunct Sultanate of Sulu once ruled the area until Western powers purchased the land from them.

The Malaysian and Filipino authorities have blockaded the area from land and sea and are trying to persuade the men to leave peacefully on a humanitarian ship sent by the Filipino government. So far the would-be army is not budging.

Azril emailed us some photos showing  what the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) and Malaysian military are using during the siege. No photos have surfaced of what the “Royal Army” are using but the rumor is they are armed with M14 battle rifles , M16 assault rifles, M203 grenade launchers and M60 machine guns, which are typical weapons used by Filipino rebel militias.


Royal Malaysian Navy PASKAL on the first day of the siege. Armed with HK416 rifles.

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RMP General Operations Force operator using the M16 A1

The VAT 69 operator seen here using some kind of AR type SBR.

Sig Sauer SG 553 for Coast Guard

Sig Sauer SG 553 used by the Malaysian Coast Guard

Unit Tindakan Khas (RMP SWAT) and VAT 69 use the Bushmaster Carbon 15 SBR.

Unit Tindakan Khas (RMP SWAT) and VAT 69 use the Bushmaster Carbon 15 SBR.

Bushmaster Carbon 15 in 9mm used by RMP

Bushmaster Carbon 15 in 9mm used by RMP

Thanks to Azril for the photos and info.

Steve Johnson

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  • Oh My..

    • noob

      what? no fencing?

  • carbon15pls

  • Dan

    The “Western Power” in question (Britain) never bought Sabah, they only rented it from the Sultan of Sulu. They forgot to give it back when they left Malaysia, and thus we have two nations arguing ownership over the oil-rich region.

    BTW, I like that tricked out Sig.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      My understanding is that they never stopped paying rent (although they dispute it is rent but rather a payment over time). Malaysia took over paying the rent. As far as international law goes, my understanding is that Malaysia is successor state from Britain and thus inherited their rights, privileges and responsibilities. But this is a moot point anyway since they chose to go the route of invasion rather than suing the state in court.

      • bui

        Yup, plus the real Sultanate of Sulu doesn’t exist anymore.

  • Lance

    Not surprised M-16A1s been standard there for a lng time. Seen some M-4s and HK 416s so the Malaysian Spec Ops upgraded.

    • Eugene

      Also, interesting to note that Malaysia were the first to adopt the AR-15 back in in 1959

      • That is pretty interesting! Little facts like this are always surprising to me.

        • Marzuq

          yup…also surprise me

    • well, they have improved some aspects, but from what i heard, they still dont take care of their weapons (maintanence) properly

  • In other picture, some of the PGA dudes are using either G3 or HK21.

  • Marzuq

    spot a Valtro PM5 shotgun with side folding stock used by the RMP’s 69 Battalion Commando trooper….

    • Marzuq

      like this one over here…

  • jabrauwnie

    cheap guys carbon15….they should have bought airsoft versions, specially the one using the sig c’mon stop mounting replica eotech sights, magnifier, surefire wan’na be lights….I bet the helmet and BDU is not his …bunch of pussies

    • Marzuq

      of course the helmet and BDU is not his…its government issue gears (so does the SG553 & its accessories)

    • Thomas Gomez

      How can you tell thats a fake Eotech?

  • Kai

    I’m digging that old M 16A1

  • Paul J

    There is no copies of eotech… And most of their equipment are high quality.

    If you look a bit closely, they’re also in “like new” condition.

  • A1s in this day and age?

  • Dot Com Dot My