History catches up with Sabah

19 February 2013

By Ed Lingao

… For decades, the dispute over Sabah has alternately simmered or blown up, depending on the mood of whoever is in charge in Kuala Lumpur or Manila. Former President Marcos tried to raise an army of infiltrators to destabilize Sabah, but that caper ended in bloodshed with the Jabidah Massacre, resulting in even more bloodshed with the ensuing Moro rebellion. Presidents after Marcos either ignored the issue or delegated it to that process of systematically gathering dust called diplomacy. More recently, President Benigno S. Aquino III said the country’s claim over Sabah was just “dormant.”

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29 Responses to History catches up with Sabah

  1. February 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm
    jojie-die hard Pinoy


  2. February 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm
    manuel buencamino

    1. I wonder what that 19th century $5K a year is worth in today’s money.

    2. How much of Sabah did the Sultan of Brunei give to the Sultan of Jolo? Meron bang mapa somewhere? How much of the Jolo sultan’s land was leased by Overbeck? Meron bang mapa?

    The reason I’m asking is I’ve heard that the boundaries marking the jolo sultan’s property are not very clear.

  3. February 21, 2013 at 1:07 am

    I’m really for this one. Go Kirams!

  4. February 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm
  5. February 21, 2013 at 9:51 pm
    jojie-die hard Pinoy

    TAxing the Kiram family is a brilliant stroke. Unfortunately, being Muslim they Are not required to pay income taxes to the govt. Instead,in Islam obliges them to pay the “ZAKAT” which is the counter part of the 10% tithes or church offerings by Christian Catholics. Good move from the point of a Christian govt., but i doubt if Muslim are covered under our laws.

    • February 21, 2013 at 9:56 pm


      • February 21, 2013 at 11:16 pm
        jojie-die hard Pinoy

        YeS, as one of the pillars of Islam and as practiced by Arab muslim states where I have worked, one is not required to pay personal income tax (even expatriates do not pay govt taxes for income), except busineses are required to obtained zakat certificates (meaning they have paid i think 10% of their gross receipts/income, this is not the same as the net personal income by inidividuals).

  6. February 21, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    was googling muslims n taxes, found this harvard pdf instead “Governing Muslims in the Philippines” by Thomas McKenna http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~hapr/winter07_gov/mckenna.pdf

  7. February 22, 2013 at 1:29 am
  8. February 22, 2013 at 1:33 am
  9. February 23, 2013 at 12:58 am

    “Why this eagerness to please Malaysia?” by Solita Collas-Monsod http://opinion.inquirer.net/47461/why-this-eagerness-to-please-malaysia

  10. February 24, 2013 at 12:53 am
  11. February 24, 2013 at 11:40 am

    “Who owns Sulu?” by Randy David http://opinion.inquirer.net/47495/who-owns-sulu

  12. February 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    “Jabidah, Sabah” by Alejandro del Rosario http://manilastandardtoday.com/2013/02/23/jabidah-sabah/

  13. February 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    “Sabah and US” by Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S. J. http://opinion.inquirer.net/47587/sabah-and-us

  14. February 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    “Not a very good idea” by Conrado de Quiros http://opinion.inquirer.net/47591/not-a-very-good-idea

    • February 25, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      1) I agree the timing is not a good and probably a political mischief to scuttle the PEACE agreement
      2) Colonial document?? I do not agree 100% because Malaysia is paying rent. It is the crux of this injustice is that our brother Muslims are fighting Western COLONIALISM since the coming of the Spaniards. Yet, this is NOT a question of propriety rights or extended sovereignty for the claim land is both inhabited by ancestral tribes of the Sultunate of Sulu and migrant sabahs. The only tragedy is our Imperial Manila govt and its Christian leaders was NOT speaking on the same level and of the same language and historical antecedents, they favored their colonial masters. The western educated leaders of our govt couldnt careless if the issue is on Muslim protesting landgrabbing.

  15. February 28, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    “It’s about self-determination not historic title” by Manuel Buencamino http://aer.ph/?p=5609

  16. February 28, 2013 at 3:36 pm
  17. March 1, 2013 at 1:37 pm
    • March 1, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      @CP Araullo :=(( It is indeed pathetic that our own national leaders fail or deliberately ignore the interests of its own citizens while championing the rights of foreign power. Ika nga, fellow Pinoys are themselves enemies destroying the dignity of our selves as a nation.. I am disgusted and frustrated that our present and previous govt fails to appreciate the historical antecedents just for political expediency and sublime subservience to foreign powers. Damn this country whose govt cannot fight for its citizens. This is not an issue of propriety rights or sovereignty. This is a critical issue on local and international social justice recognized under the UN Universal rights charter.

  18. March 2, 2013 at 9:31 pm
    satur sulit

    it is not how stupid the palace is sounding on sabah, but who and where the pressure is coming from and what is at stake.

  19. March 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    It’s borders with long(er) histories, stupid by Patricio N. Abinales http://opinion.inquirer.net/47971/its-borders-with-longer-histories-stupid#sthash.qhk86TUw.uxfs

  20. March 4, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    North Borneo (Sabah): An annotated timeline 1640s-present by Manolo Quezon http://www.quezon.ph/2013/03/01/north-borneo-sabah-an-annotated-timeline-1640s-present/

  21. March 6, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Nery compiled the best reads on the issue…but The Nutbox completed the whole picture so far:


    • March 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      ganda nitong nutbox!

      • March 7, 2013 at 1:19 pm

        Thanks! :)

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