Sabah state is rich in natural resources. Photo: Shutterstock

Explained: what’s behind the revived dispute between Philippines and Malaysia over Sabah?

  • Manila recently reignited an old row with Malaysia over Sabah, a founding state of the Malaysian Federation that was historically under the rule of a Philippines-based sultanate
  • The decades-long row takes place even as both countries are working together to stamp out Islamic militancy in their shared waters
Topic |   The Philippines

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Sabah state is rich in natural resources. Photo: Shutterstock
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Teodoro Locsin Jnr, the Philippines’ Secretary for Foreign Affairs. Photo: AFP

Malaysia rebukes Philippines for ‘unfriendly’ remarks as Sabah sovereignty claim resurfaces

  • The Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary recently said Manila would not abandon its longstanding claim on the state of Sabah, reigniting an old row between the neighbours
  • Malaysia says Sabah state has been ‘recognised by the United Nations and the international community’ since the formation of the Federation of Malaysia 56 years ago
Topic |   Malaysia

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Teodoro Locsin Jnr, the Philippines’ Secretary for Foreign Affairs. Photo: AFP
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