NOW GET THIS ONCE AND FOR ALL – THE PEOPLE OF SABAH DO NOT WANT TO HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE PHILIPPINES
COMMENT: We have reminded them so many times that Brunei never gave Sabah away to Sulu as there was no historical record to show it.
Even though a treaty was signed between Baron de Overbeck and Sulu over Sabah, but a superior grant was signed with the Baron and the Brunei side earlier, even the cessation money due to Brunei was more than the one agreed with the Suluk.
The treaty signed with Sulu was an afterthought actually as a deterrent from potential troublemakers; a kind of insurance a fledgling enterprise could ill afford.
Based on records in 1878, the then ruler of Sulu, Sultan Jamallul Alam signed an agreement with de Overbeck and Alfred Dent to ‘cede’ then North Borneo in perpetuity in return for an annual payment. Three years later, the British Chartered Company took over the arrangement from the two gentlemen, and later passed it on to the British Crown when North Borneo was made a colony in 1946. With the formation of Malaysia in 1963, we continue with the payment of the monies to the Suluks.
Despite these basic simple facts, some Filipino politicians pretend not to know, and it makes you wonder what they have between their ears.
Now with the talk of our neighbour adopting a federal system, the Sabah claim is back in the news.
A member of the Philippines Consultative Committee on the Federal System, Aquilino Pimentel Jr was quoted as saying that he would propose Sabah be included as the ‘13th State’ in the new system of the Philippines.
As a reminder to him and his ilk, Malaysia was formed with Sabah playing a significant role in its formation and which was duly recognised by the United Nations and international law.
Why do they keep flogging a dead horse? Which planet are these people from actually?
Didn’t a judge tell the Philippines when they filed an intervention in the Sipidan/Ligitan case before the International Court of Justice that a “historic title cannot prevail in law over the rights of non- self-governing people to claim independence and sovereignty through self-determination?”
You would think politicians like Pimentel Jr would understand that simple principle. It was obvious it has gone past his head.
Let us rephrase it for him; the people of Sabah do not want to have anything to do with the Philippines.
Just leave us alone, okay? Just learn from Brunei; even though they have a stronger case over Sabah, they have respected Sabah’s decision to be with Malaysia.
Isn’t that being a good neighbour is all about?
The last time this issue came up big time was during the Lahad Datu incursion in February 2013.
The general election was held in May 2013.
Now with Prime Minister Najib Razak hinting that the 14th general election would be held sometime before July this year, this issue has resurfaced.
Coincidence? Or some invisible hand at work here?
The timing is a bit uncanny though.
It is time all parties got their act together and remove this never ending irritant once for all.
This is the 21st century after all. We need to move on.
INCLUDING SABAH RIGHTS IN THE BN MANIFESTO CAN ONLY MEAN IT IS NOT GOING TO BE DELIVERED ANYTIME SOON
Why should it be included in the BN election manifesto?
It is rather retrogressive.
A manifesto is usually defined as a public declaration of the policy and aims of a group especially a political party.
In other words, it is a political promise.
When Anifah Aman, our Foreign Minister, told a media conference that Sabah rights under MA63 is to be included in BN election manifesto, a fair few eyebrows were raised.
The interest in MA63 in Borneo States is due to the fact that it has not been implemented properly.
Our rights have been taken away in our reckoning.
The issue has been politicised unnecessarily; even Prime Minister Najib got into his “you help me, I help you” mode over the issue.
He told Sarawakians he would give the rights back on two conditions – stop talking about secession, and if only Sarawakians vote BN this coming election.
It is a complex issue, we all know that.
But if the 40% of tax revenue due to us is in the constitution, there must be some undertaking to deliver, instead of hearing only empty promises.
By including Sabah rights in the manifesto can only mean it is not going to be delivered anytime soon.
We don’t have to go round and round the mulberry bush.
As a matter of interest, have all that have been promised in the previous election manifesto been fulfilled?
It is elementary actually; it is all about compliance and not more promises.