Police today rebuffed suggestions that they are not acting firmly enough to expel a group of armed intruders in Lahad Datu, stressing "we know what we are doing".

NONE"You can make assumptions, but I want to stress that we know what we are doing. There are a lot of considerations to be taken into (for the benefit of) everyone's interest," Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar said.

Speaking to reporters at a function in Kuala Lumpur, Ismail said police want to see a "good ending" to the standoff and would expel the group based on the law.

Details of the intrusion - which reportedly occurred on Feb 9 - have been sketchy thus far, with both the police and the Home Ministry refusing to divulge details.

Ismail hurriedly ended his press conference this morning before reporters could press him further.

IGP: Don't listen to online rumours

So far, reports suggest that the police have surrounded Kampung Tanduo, where the 100-strong group, supposingly representing the Sulu Sultanate, is holding out.

NONEAccording to Sabah newspaper Daily Express, the group arrived at 2am last Tuesday.
The group was said to be carrying a flag with a tiger emblem and it has been reported that there were five women among them.

The same report said that the group has assured the locals there that they come in peace. 

Other reports indicate that the group is currently making its demands, but the authorities have been scant on the details, leading to much speculation online.

Earlier, Ismail urged members of the public not to be influenced by online reports on the standoff, which he said were being spread through social media networks.

He said the people need not worry as the situation was under control.

~ Malaysiakini