Malaysia must abide with historical truth and give Sabah back to its true owner

Filipino Muslim gunmen of about 400 with about 200 of them heavily armed infiltrating the Sabah state in Malaysia a little over a week ago and identifying themselves as the Royal Sulu Sultanate Army lead by one of the heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu Sultan Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram might be a case, for the now Islamic country and former British colony, of taking a dose of its own medicine. Malaysia has been a major supporter of a Muslim rebellion in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao as its way of weakening the Philippine republic as well as a diversionary tactics to keep the Philippine government’s focus away from claiming Sabah back. It must be known, for those who still don’t know the real score why that Northern portion of Borneo (called Sabah) once owned by the Sultanate of Sulu has now become a part of Malaysia, that the Sultanate of Sulu which is a part of Philippine territory is the true owner of Sabah. Allow me to give you just a brief review on history.

Sabah has been given by the Sultanate of Brunei to the Sultanate of Sulu as a gift for the latter’s military assistance to the former in the year 1703. Several years later it was leased back to the British company based in Brunei by which, as what was agreed upon between them, the company will provide arms to the Sultan to repulse the Spaniards in the Philippines and an annual rental of 5,000 Malaysian ringgits based on the Mexican peso value at that time or its equivalent in gold. Malaysia has continued the rental payment up to the present time. It was the British who, upon granting Malaysia its independence in 1963 opted Sabah to form the new Malayan state by which to also include Singapore, Malayan peninsula, and Sarawak. 

It was not until the presidency of Philippine president Diosdado Macapagal in the year 1962 that the Sabah claim by the Philippines has been formalized based on the Sultanate of Sulu heirs’ claim on the said territory. The late and only Philippine president who later on became a dictator Ferdinand Marcos almost made it to take Sabah back from the Malaysians by force. He trained young Muslim recruits from Mindanao secretly in the island of Corregidor as part of the force that will invade Sabah. But when the said operation has been leaked out to the media, all the young trainees were eliminated except for one that survived by swimming across the sea towards the mainland Luzon. Upon learning about the aborted mission by the Philippine government, Malaysia somehow retaliated by giving support to the rising number of Muslim rebels from Mindanao who were so much angered by the massacre of their brothers in Corregidor island.

These heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu have earlier announced that they will not leave the area and will fight to the death whenever necessary and to stay in the land they have called their own. Malaysian troops as well will only be following orders from their boss and is every now and then waiting for the go signal. The Philippine government lead by the commander in chief himself, Philippine president Benigno Aquino III must act and carefully address for the peaceful resolution of the said stand-off as soon as possible to avoid bloodshed. He must have the initiative to draw ignorance out of the picture while, at the same time, bringing the issue into the light of historical truth and stand by it.


  1. are you sure the whole sabah did belong to sultanate of sulu or did the sultanate of brunei really give part of it to sulu?

    1. I'm not going to argue with you on this nor will I allow myself to be bothered by your argument (disguised as questions). But it will take someone to re-write history in Malaysia's favor to support its claim. Historical truth will remain a historical truth that we must all abide with. Nevertheless, thank you for commenting.


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