By: Elena Grace Flores
As Malaysian Prime Minister Da¬tuk Seri Najib Tun Razak vowed to defend every inch of Sabah’s sovereignty, Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, tough as he is will not retreat to continue former President Diosdado Macapagal’s policy on Sabah.
Najib was quoted as saying that no one can stake a claim on Sabah because it gained its independence through Malaysia’s Cobbold Commission as agreed by the United Nations in 1963. This has been challenged by a Sabahwanon humanitarian activist who is based in the UK – citing that Sabah to be under Malaysia was never the intention of the Bornean founders. In fact, the referendum conducted by the Malaysian government gave no option for Sabah residents; it’s join or leave condition!
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman also said that Malaysia never recognized such claims by the Philippines. Najib added that they will defend Sa¬¬bah from any threat. In fact, it has ordered its citizens to be the spy of any invading forces.