Sabah is ours – Malaysia

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Malaysia has vowed to defend the sovereignty of Sabah following remarks made by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte that the oil-rich state – home to about half a million Filipinos – belongs to the Sultanate of Sulu.

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The Malaysia Digest reported that Duterte was quoted by Philippine media that he will never abandon the Sulu Sultanate’s quest to stake its claim on Sabah.

“We are allowing proprietary heirs to talk (with Malaysia). Since it is part of our claim, it will be there as our land,” Duterte was quoted as saying. “What has been the policy will always be the policy of the government especially those for the interest of the country. We have to stake our claim.”

But Malaysian Prime Minister Da­tuk Seri Najib Tun Razak vowed to defend every inch of Sabah’s sovereignty.

Malaysian media quoted Najib as saying that no one can stake a claim on Sabah that had gained its independence through Malaysia with the agreement of the United Nations in 1963.

The findings of the Cobbold Commission reflected the wishes of the people and this was accepted by the international community, he said.

“As such, no group can make any claim on Sabah,” Najib said in a report by The Star.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman earlier said that the state will remain part of Malaysia and had never recognized any claim by the Philippines on the issue. The report quoted Najib as saying that Malaysia is committed towards defending Sa­­bah from any threat and urged its citizens to be the eyes and ears of the security forces.

The Philippines is claiming that Sabah or North Borneo originally belonged to the Sultan of Brunei, who gave it to Sultan of Sulu Salah ud-Din Karamat Bakhtiar in 1658 as a reward for helping quell a rebellion.

In 1878, Sulu Sultan Jamalul Alam Kiram leased North Borneo to the Hong Kong-based British North Borneo Company of Baron Gustavos von Overbeck and Alfred Dent for “5,000 Malaysian dollars” a year.

Even after North Borneo became part of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur still pays an annual rent of at least 5,000 ringgit to the heirs of the recognized Sultan of Sulu Ismail Kiram.

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  1. Jaime Protacio on

    Yes, we need to claim what is ours. these Malaysians are like the Chinese land grabbers and opportunistic people, the reason they are still paying the rent is because they recognize their fraud claim and appease the Sultan of Sulu and a tiny amount 5,000 ringgit dollars a year comapared to the biilions of dollars Sabah is making. because they know in their heart that Sabah is not theirs. it is an acknowledgement that someone else owns Sabah namely the Royal Sultanate of Sulu, The Cobbold Commision everybody knows it’s a fraud, the Malaysian goverment, harras and corrupt the Datus in Sabah to collaborate with them or else, if it was a free referendum Malaysia would never have it their way and that Cobbold Commission is a fraud commission back by the Australians and the British. Beside why would you hold a commission or a referendum to territory that is not yours. The reason that Sabah was put in the backburner by the Aquino administration is because Benigno Aquino Jr., has an “utnag na loob” to the Sultan of Johor. who help Benigno Aquino return to the Philippines, take this situation the Malaysian was the one who brokered the deal to formulate the BBL, why not the Indonesians who’s the largest Muslim nation in the world. Do you smell the irregularity here