By: Elena Grace Flores
It’s ironic and a mockery for Malaysians to boast for the slight increase of Sabah lease from US$1,305 to an undisclosed amount – since the issue has not been resolved among its heirs from the Sultanate of Sulu. Actually, there’s no actual confirmation yet from Sultan Phugdal’s side, who replaced Sultan Jamalul Kiram after his death on how much the increase was and if it’s accepted or not. It has been known by this writer that then Crowned Prince Adbimuddin Kiram’s direct family did not agree with the said increase prior to his death as narrated to me by his son Datu Sayed in Zamboanga City in 2005.
The irony is, the Malaysian government publicly attest to the said lease but they denied Sabah being a property of Sultanate of Sulu which is a Philippine entity. Therefore, not acknowledging that it’s a Philippine territory. Can’t they understand the meaning of lease?
Duterte’s stake: “What has been the policy will always be the policy of the government, especially those for the interest of the country. We have to stake our claim. His administration recognized Sabah as the territory of the Sulu sultanate, as is claimed by the Kiram clan, who are citizens of the Philippines.
Details of Duterte’s stake are from here: https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/philippines-sabah-dispute-duterte/