[ View the story "Sulu Princess battles Malaysians online" on Storify] Sulu Princess battles Malaysians online Southeast Asian land dispute enters the Twittersphere.
The Stream· Wed, Mar 13 2013 10:27:16
From the Princess' account:
Long Live the Sultanate of Sulu!Princess Jacel Kiram
For those who are asking, yes @jacelkiram is the official twitter account of Sulu Princess Jacel Kiramsherrie ann torres
Khairy Jamaluddin, the youth leader of Malaysia's ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party, encouraged Malaysians to bombard the Princess' Twitter account.
OK. Bro @tankengliang, the invading faux princess @jacelkiram is now on twitter. Unleash your unending tweets & end this conflict.Khairy Jamaluddin
Many netizens, some of whom identify themselves as "Keyboard Warriors," responded to the call:
@Khairykj yb, let us all 'sekolahkan' this so called princess jacel. Let her know the meaning of 1malaysia!Akmal Azri
Ya Allah ya Tuhanku. "Princess" Jacel Kiram ada twitter. So now is it acceptable for me to become a keyboard warrior?Sarah Leong ✿
Lol at so-called Princess Jacel Kiram. Opened Twitter acc at the wrong time. Embrace yourself dear, M'sian keyboard warriors are coming.farahhanis
Jacel is on Twitter. Jom troll dia. Hello "Princess" Jacel.Cikgu Ilmu Hisab
The Princess responded to some of the tweets, leading to a series of exchanges with her opponents.
Salam @jacelkiram please tell your brothers to go home to the Philippines. Thank you.Fatin Nadia
@kinkywildcat please tell your government to give our land back!Princess Jacel Kiram
Honestly though, Ms @JacelKiram, did you really expect us to "welcome you with open arms" when YOUR "ARMY" landed on our shores with guns?Geminianeyes
@geminianeyes excuse me.... read history its never yours! Malaysia never owned Sabah! they are still paying rent!Princess Jacel Kiram
Not so long. “@jacelkiram: Long Live the Sultanate of Sulu!”Hazrey
@jacelkiram Get the hell out of Sabah and stop the killing.dax muhamad
Others contributed to the online conversation with humourous observations.
Just noticed Princess Jacel Kiram had just opened a twiter account.iTink she might claim ownership of Twiter soon.Art Harun
Says a lot that Princess Jakel opens a Twtr acct during a time of war to reclaim her "motherland" & 1 of 5 ppl she follows is Jennifer LopezKhairy Jamaluddin
OW. Now the self-proclaimed princess Jacel open a twitter account in the middle of war. Their family must be total weirdoConstantine Lawrence
I am now following the delusional princess of sulu @jacelkiram on twitter..she's now being trolling by our twitterjaya troopers..and yes she's in yellow tat is to prove that she's a princess of sulu..do check it out!Jaleel Rashid
Some Filipino netizens showed support for the Princess.
@jacelkiram I support the struggle of the Sultanate of Sulu to reclaim Sabah! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!Dixie Pea
People let's connect to @jacelkiram, Show support against ethnic discrimination & brutality by Malaysians against Filipinos living in Sabah. Easylynks Earl1901
@jacelkiram we support for you and your family i will to pray to god i hope sabah willing to back our counrty make peace our counrtySyd Vonn Secuya
The UMNO youth leader, however, seemed to claim victory for Malaysia online.
Tonight somewhere in Manila, a girl who dreamt her whole life she was a real princess is regretting she even thought about joining Twitter.Khairy Jamaluddin