Sabah Is Ours: Malaysia
MALAYSIA MALAYSIA has has vowed vowed to to defend defend the the sovereignty sovereignty of of Sabah Sabah following following remarks remarks made by Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte that the oil-rich state – home to about half a million Filip
The Malaysia Digest “What has been the claim on Sabah that had also reported that policy will always be the gained its independence Duterte was quoted by policy of the government through Malaysia with the Philippine media especially those for the the agreement of the that he would never interest of the country. United Nations in 1963. abandon the Sulu We have to stake our The findings of the Sultanate's quest to claim.” Cobbold Commission reflected stake its claim on But Malaysian Prime the wishes of the Sabah. Minister Da¬tuk Seri people and this was accepted
“We are allowing Najib Tun Razak has by the proprietary heirs to talk vowed to defend every international community. (with Malaysia). Since it inch of Sabah’s sovereignty. “As such, no group is part of our claim, it can make any claim on will be there as our Malaysian media Sabah,” Najib said in a report land,” Duterte was quoted Najib as saying by The Star. quoted as saying. that no one could stake a
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman also stated his stand that the state would remain part of Malaysia and had never recognised any claim by the Philippines on the issue. The report further quoted Najib as saying that Malaysia is committed towards defending Sa¬¬bah from any threat and urged its citizens to be the eyes and ears of the security forces against anything that might emerge internally.
Last year, Manila offered to downgrade its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support in its case before the United Nations against China’s claims over scattered islands near the Philippines.
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.
A Zamboanga City government vehicle was spotted parked at KCC Mall. Civil service laws prohibits civil servants from using government vehicles for private purposes. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)