Territorial Dispute in Northern Borneo

Topics: Borneo, Malaysia, Sabah Pages: 4 (1290 words) Published: March 12, 2013

TERRITORIAL DISPUTE AMONG SULTANATE OF SABAH AND MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT Many of the Filipinos everywhere are wondering what this Sabah claims all about is. Maybe it was tackled all over on different history books and inside the classrooms. But they did not mentioned about what the Philippines’ stake on the northern islands of Borneo’s matter. On the other hand, Malaysians maybe angry now because there is a lot of attention being focused now to the Malaysian federation that they believed it was their since the British handed this territory in 1963. What I was trying to say here is to bring an insight to this dispute based on what I researched of the various facts (or allegations) regarding this subject. As Filipino, our main concern in this matter is bringing this article to tell that this is part of the history of the Philippines. Sabah is the northern part of Borneo. It is bordered by Sarawak on its southwestern side and Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) to the south. Sabah has a coastline of approximately 800 to 900 miles and with the South China Sea in the west and north, the Sulu Sea in the northeast and the Celebes Sea in the east. Sabah's total land area is 76,115 sq km (29,388 sq miles). Sabah's population is about 2.5 million. It is 1,961 km from Hong Kong, 1,143 km from Manila, 1,495 km from Singapore, 1,678 km from Kuala Lumpur and 2,291 km from Taipei - note that it is nearer to Manila than Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur. North Borneo is much undeveloped and very rich in natural resources. One of the wealthiest oil producing countries is located in same island of Borneo, the tiny Sultanate of Brunei. Sabah is a relatively small geographic area in the north of Borneo islands. It was governed by the state of Malaysia. They claim their full rights over this territory however the Philippines also do the same. It was set aside by the recent Filipino governments to fortify the economic and political relation with Malaysia. This...
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