A river in Sabah, Malaysia. The author states that Sabahans pressing for better federal representation want to be a greater – not a lesser – part of Malaysia, and that the Philippines’ claim has no historical justification. Photo: Handout
A river in Sabah, Malaysia. The author states that Sabahans pressing for better federal representation want to be a greater – not a lesser – part of Malaysia, and that the Philippines’ claim has no historical justification. Photo: Handout
Bunn Nagara
Opinion

Opinion

Bunn Nagara

Why the Philippines has no justifiable claim to Sabah and never had

  • Manila’s move derives from the defunct Sulu sultanate’s disputed earlier claim to North Borneo when it was still part of the Brunei Empire
  • As the ruling against China in the South China Sea shows, international law does not recognise claims based just on historical interpretation

A river in Sabah, Malaysia. The author states that Sabahans pressing for better federal representation want to be a greater – not a lesser – part of Malaysia, and that the Philippines’ claim has no historical justification. Photo: Handout
A river in Sabah, Malaysia. The author states that Sabahans pressing for better federal representation want to be a greater – not a lesser – part of Malaysia, and that the Philippines’ claim has no historical justification. Photo: Handout
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