Sabah will never recognise Sulu Sultanate heirs’ claim, says Hajiji

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KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government will never recognise the so-called Sulu Sultanate heirs’ claim.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said Sabah was a sovereign state within the Federation of Malaysia and urged the people to remain calm.

“It is an absurd claim. Sabah’s sovereignty in the Malaysian Federation should never be questioned,” he said in a statement today.

Wisma Putra and Federal Attorney-General in a joint-statement have said that Malaysia rejected the French arbitration court’s order to pay some RM63 billion to the descendants of the Sulu Sultanate.

The arbitrator, Gonzalo Stampa, ruled on Feb 28 that Malaysia violated the 1878 agreements between the old Sulu kingdom in the Philippines and a representative of the British North Borneo Company that used to administer what is now Sabah.

“The Malaysian government does not recognise the claim and did not participate in the purported arbitration proceedings because Malaysia has always upheld and has never waived its sovereign immunity as a sovereign State,” the statement stated.

© New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd

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