Monday, August 10

We do not recognise Philippines’ claim on Sabah — Musa

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KOTA KINABALU: Any claim by the Philippines or any other party on Sabah should not be recognized and entertained, said former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.

The Sungai Sibuga assemblyman stressed that Sabah is part of the Federation of Malaysia and there is no argument or dispute on this matter.

“I urge the Philippines including its Foreign Minister to stop this type of narrative for its internal political purposes because its not good for bilateral relations within Asean member countries,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Tan Sri Musa Aman

Musa pointed out that the recent High Court case of Government of Malaysia v Nurhima Kiram Fornan & Ors (2020), Judge Martin Idang’s decision had made it abundantly clear that Sabah belongs to Malaysia and no other nation has any right or power overs Sabah’s affairs. “So let me once again clearly state that we do not recognise or acknowledge any claim by the Philippines on Sabah,” he reiterated.

Musa said that Sabah is part of Malaysia and had chosen to be and would continue to be a part of the sovereign nation since the state became party to its formation.

“The people in Sabah choose to be in the state because it is in Malaysia. We have been enjoying peace, stability and economic prosperity within Malaysia,” he added. — Bernama