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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Philippine Embassy official summoned over claims on Sabah

KOTA KINABALU - The government of Malaysia reiterated its position that Malaysia does not recognise and will not entertain any claims by any party on Sabah, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

The ministry in a statement yesterday also stressed that Sabah was recognised by the United Nations (UN) and international community as part of Malaysia since the formation of the Federation on 16 September 1963.

According to the statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had called in Madam Maria Antonina M. Mendoza-Oblena, Charge d’ Affairs of the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines yesterday.

The meeting was in regard to a statement made by one of the Philippines’ presidential election candidates, in its local media who had vowed to pursue the country’s territorial claim over Sabah should he be elected president in elections scheduled on May 9.

Philippine Vice-President Jejomar Binay, one of five candidatesin this year’s presidential election in the Philippines, had recently been reported as vowing to pursue the country’s territorial claims over Sabah should he be elected to office.

“We will pursue our claim there… (Sabah) is ours,” Binay had reportedly told reporters while campaigning in Quezon province.

Jejomor is a candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance, the same party for whom self-styled Sulu princess Jacel Kiram is a senatorial candidate. Jacel’s father, who claimed to be the sultan of the defunct sultanate of Sulu, was the man who launched the 2013 attack on eastern Sabah which became known as the Lahad Datu incursion.

The incursion by Sulu gunmen was eventually thrown back, but not before 10 Malaysian security forces personnel were killed.

Jacel became known to Malaysians last year when pictures of her and Lembah Pantai member of parliament Nurrul Izzah Anwar surfaced on social media.

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