The veiled and quiescent annoyance in the relationship between the Philippines and Malaysia over the “Sabah Dispute” has suddenly been rekindled by recent exchanges on Twitter between the two top diplomats of both countries. The Philippines is like an inverted bottle with the Sulu Sea as its open end in the south and to which North Borneo is the cork. The followers of Jamalul Kiram III, the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu, tried to takeover parts of Malaysia's Sabah state in 2013.  In the same year, cocoa and palm oil was added to the list. The Philippines stakes its claim to Sabah by citing an 1878 land lease agreement between the Sultanate of Sulu and the British North Borneo Chartered Co.  Because of the heavy workload and lack of interest from younger graduates, Sabah is facing the shortage of doctors. , Further attempts by several Filipino politicians such as Ferdinand Marcos to "destabilise" Sabah proved to be futile and led to the Jabidah massacre in Corregidor Island, Philippines.  As Sabah also lies within the Sunda Plate with a compression from the Australian and Philippine Plate, it is prone to earthquake with the state itself have experienced three major earthquakes since 1923, with the 2015 earthquake being the latest major earthquake. , As of 2015, Sabah was producing 180,000 barrel of oil equivalent per day and currently receives 5% oil royalty (percentage of oil production paid by the mining company to the lease owner) from Petronas over oil explorations in Sabah territorial waters based on the 1974 Petroleum Development Act. This complicated Federal-State relationship has become a source of major contention in Sabah politics. Anna Rosario Malindog-Uy is Professor of Political Science, International Relations, Development Studies, European Studies, SEA and China Studies. Indeed, the Sabah Dispute between the Philippines and Malaysia remains unresolved until today fundamentally because of the contending claims on the 1878 Treaty between the Sultanate of Sulu and the British North Borneo Company or the British government for that matter.  As Malaysia's liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) are much cheaper through the subsidy that was given by the federal government, it was found out in 2015 that around 20,000 LPG cylinders in Sabah east coast were smuggled by immigrants from neighbouring Indonesia and the southern Philippines in a monthly basis to their countries that leading to many Sabahans hard to retrieve enough supplies of LPG.  Sabah has a natural gas demand of 9.9 million cubic metres (350 million cubic feet) per day at standard conditions in 2013, which increase to 14.8 million m3 (523 million cu ft) per day in 2015. In 1963, after an alleged referendum showing that the residents did not want to be part of the Philippines or of the Sultanate of Sulu, Malaysia incorporated Sabah as part of its national territory.  The federal government targeted to eradicate hardcore poverty by the end Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) with overall poverty halved from 23% in 2004 to 12% in 2010 and 8.1% in 2012.  There are an estimated 42 ethnic groups with over 200 sub-ethnic groups with separate own languages, cultures and belief systems. 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The indigenous languages of Sabah can be divided into four language families of Dusunic, Murutic, Paitanic and Sama–Bajau.  Based on a latest record, the total unemployment in the state have been reduced from 5.1% (2014) to 4.7% (2015), although the number of unemployment was still high.  In the following year, Kudat was made its capital but due to frequent pirate attacks, the capital was moved to Sandakan in 1884.  Malaysia however, considers this dispute as a "non-issue", as it interprets the 1878 agreement as that of cession and that it deems that the residents of Sabah had exercised their right to self-determination when they joined to form the Malaysian federation in 1963.  The Bajau community referred to it as pisang jaba. ) are said to originate from South China and Northern Vietnam, and are more closely related to a number of indigenous groups in the Philippines and Formosa (Taiwan) than to the indigenous peoples of neighbouring Sarawak and Kalimantan, These claims were also supported by the findings of Charles Hose and William McDougall in their account of the "Pagan Tribes of Borneo", which stated: "The people in northern Borneo are probably part of Mongolian blood and descended from a race inhabiting southern China. The Federal Territory of Labuan is an island just off the Sabah coast. The Sabah state government has asked Wisma Putra to issue a stern warning to the Philippines government over the printing of the Sabah map on Philippine passports.  Since the 1950s, rubber and copra are the main source of agricultural economy of North Borneo.  In addition, of the total of 17,488 Javanese labourers brought in by the Japanese during the occupation, only 1,500 survived mainly due to starvation, harsh working conditions and maltreatment.  Majority of the tourists come from China (60.3%), followed by South Korea (33.9%), Australia (16.3%) and Taiwan (8.3%).  The coverage reach 100% in 2012 after an allocation of RM962.5 million from the federal government were given to expand the coverage under the 2012 National Budget.  A younger sister of Ong Sum Ping (Huang Senping), the Governor of the Chinese settlement then married Sultan Ahmad of Brunei. , When the civil war broke out in Brunei between Sultans Abdul Hakkul Mubin and Muhyiddin, the Sulu asserted their claim to Brunei's territories in northern Borneo.  The earliest known footage of North Borneo is from three American movies by Martin and Osa Johnson titled "Jungle Adventures" (1921), "Jungle Depths of Borneo" (1937) and "Borneo" (1937). , In 1846, the island of Labuan on the west coast of Sabah was ceded to Britain by the Sultan of Brunei through the Treaty of Labuan, and in 1848 it became a British Crown Colony. Beyond the coasts of Sabah lie a number of islands rich with coral reefs such as Ligitan, Sipadan, Selingaan, Tiga and Layang-Layang (Swallow Reef).  One theory is that during the time it was part of the Bruneian Sultanate, it was referred to as Saba because of the presence a variety of banana called pisang saba (also known as pisang menurun), which is grown widely on the coast of the region and popular in Brunei.  The indigenous people features a number of alcoholic drinks such as bahar, kinomol, lihing, montoku, sagantang, sikat and tuak; with the state itself becoming the third-highest in alcohol consumption in the country after Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak.  In 2003, archaeologists discovered the Mansuli valley in the Lahad Datu District, which dates back the history of Sabah to 235,000 years. Philippine pundits may oppose or reject Sabah’s inclusion in Malaysia since 1963, but denying the fact of Sabah being a part of Malaysia amounts to abandoning reality.  In 2017, an English woman named Mary Christina Lewin (Tina Rimmer) who had lived in North Borneo since 1949, was given the ‘Sabah Cultural Icon’ as the first person to receive the award for her lifelong contribution to the people in the territory and her biggest role as educationist and artist who portrayed the life scene of North Borneo through her artworks. , Islam is the predominant religion in Sabah, although its society remained secular.  Forest fire also have become the latest concern due to drought and fires set by irresponsible farmers or individuals such as what happened in the 2016 forest fires where thousand hectares of forest reserve areas in Binsuluk of the west coast Sabah are lost. , In 1872, the Sultanate of Sulu granted use of an area of land in the Sandakan Bay to William Frederick Schuck, a former agent of the German consular service who had lived on the Sulu island of Jolo since 1864. The Crown colony government established many departments to oversee the welfare of its residents and to revive the economy of North Borneo after the war. It was believed that Po Ni existed at the mouth of Brunei River and was the predecessor to the Bruneian Empire. , Following the successful formation of Malaysia, Donald Stephens became the first chief minister of Sabah.  The state has its own slang for Malay which originated either from indigenous words, Brunei Malay, Suluk, Cocos Malay and Indonesian language. , Sabah consists of five administrative divisions, which are in turn divided into 26 districts.  The legislature is based on the Westminster system and therefore the chief minister is appointed based on his or her ability to command the majority of the state assembly. Sabah has abundant natural resources, and its economy is strongly export oriented. The origin of the name Sabah is uncertain, and there are many theories that have arisen.  Citing in 1971 when British Prime Minister Edward Heath been asked in Parliament of London on what threats the British intended to counter under the FPDA, the Prime Minister replied: to "forces outside [Malaysia] in southern Thailand and north of the Malaysian border". To eliminate water pollution and improve a better hygiene, the Sabah state government are working to relocate them into a better housing settlement. , All pipes water supply in the state was managed by the Sabah State Water Department, an agency under the control of Sabah Ministry of Infrastructure Development.  As a result of the expansion, the airport is able to accommodate large passenger aircraft such as the Boeing 747. Overbeck and Dent's partnership had no political bearing and Sabah was under the suzerainty of the Sultan of Sulu and Borneo.  Mining activities had directly released pollutants of heavy metals into rivers, reservoirs, ponds and affecting groundwater through the leaching of mine tailings. One thing is certain.  Perhaps due to this relationship, a burial place with 2,000 wooden coffins, some estimated to be 1,000 years old, were discovered in Agop Batu Tulug Caves and around the Kinabatangan Valley area.  A small British factory was then established in 1773 on Balambangan Island, a tiny island situated off the north coast of Borneo. , The land of Sabah is located in a tropical geography with equatorial climate. And the annual payment of 5,000 dollars was equivalent to the lease term.  Political intervention by the federal authorities, for example, an introduction and later abolition of the chief minister's post and earlier PBS-BERJAYA conflict in 1985, along with co-opting rival factions in East Malaysia, are examples of political tactics used by the then UMNO-led federal government to control and manage the autonomous power of the Borneo states. This was followed with the aid from Sabah Foundation (Yayasan Sabah) and Nestlé who helped to establish pre-schools in the state. Although Malaysia controls the territory, the Philippines has claimed Sabah … Other major towns in Sabah include Sandakana… The state has long mountain ranges on the west side which form part of the Crocker Range National Park. The claim by the Philippines Foreign Secretary received an equally fierce reaction from the Malaysian Foreign Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, who responded through his official Twitter account by saying that he would summon the Philippine ambassador in response to his Philippine counterpart’s tweet on 27 July, 2020. Only six of the several hundred Australian prisoners lived to see the war's end.  While the aquaculture and marine fish cage sector have produce 35,000 metric tons of brackish and fresh waters aquaculture and 360 metric ton of groupers, wrasses, snappers and lobsters worth around RM60 million and RM13 million respectively.  Sabah State Library are the main public library in the state. She is President of Techperformance Corp, an IT-based company in the Philippines.  The river begins from the western ranges and snakes its way through the central region towards the east coast out into the Sulu Sea.  A unique feature of Sabah politics was a policy initiated by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in 1994 whereby the chief minister's post is rotated among the coalition parties every two years regardless of the party in power at the time, thus theoretically giving an equal amount of time for each major ethnic group to rule the state. This file photo shows Malaysian police (R) and an army truck driving past each other in Lahad Datu on the Malaysian island of Borneo. The two neighbours recently resumed bickering over Sabah’s status, however, after the US embassy in Manila sent a tweet in July describing Sabah as a part of Malaysia.  Other Peninsular-based radio stations also had set up their offices in the state to tap the emerging market.  Sabah is known for its traditional musical instrument, the sompoton.  Most of secondary schools leavers also did not continue their studies after completing their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) mainly due to financial burden as well because of the lack of interest and confidence to continue their studies in local higher learning institutes, with a survey in 2015 saw only 16,000 out of more than 20,000 secondary schools leavers continuing their studies.  Another theory suggests that it came from the Malay word sabak which means a place where palm sugar is extracted.  The northern area of Tanjung Simpang Mengayau has a type of pocket beach. 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The Philippine claim can be originated based on three historical events; such as the Brunei Civil War from 1660 until 1673, treaty between Dutch East Indies and the Bulungan Sultanate in 1850 and treaty between Sultan Jamal ul-Azam with Overbeck in 1878. The earliest human settlement in Sabah can be traced back to 20,000–30,000 years ago along the Darvel Bay area at the Madai-Baturong caves. In 1704, in gratitude for help extended to him by the Sultan of Sulu in suppressing a revolt, the Sultan of Brunei ceded North Borneo to the Sulu Sultan.  Despite the return of barter trade activity, the state of Sabah has maintained they will always be cautious on their trade with the Philippines. The federation was opposed by neighbouring Indonesia, which led to the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation over three years along with the threats of annexation by the Philippines along with the Sultanate of Sulu, threats which continue to the present day..  The Cobbold Commission was had been set up prior, in 1962, to determine whether the people of Sabah and Sarawak favoured the proposed union of a new federation called Malaysia, and found that the union was generally favoured by the people. Other main islands including the Jambongan, Timbun Mata, Bum Bum and the divided Sebatik.  The British saw the island as a suitable location to control the trade route in the East, capable of diverting trade from the Spanish port of Manila and the Dutch port of Batavia especially with its strategic location between the South China Sea and Sulu Sea.  However, through the process of the proposed amendment to the Constitution of Malaysia in 2019, the bill for the amendment failed to pass following the failure to reach two-thirds majority support (148 votes) in the Parliament with only 138 agreed with the move while 59 abstained from the voting.  Other main stations including in Papar, Beaufort and Tenom.  Moreover, the illegal activities of the extraction of river sand and gravel in the rivers of Padas, Papar and Tuaran had become the latest concern along with the wildlife and marine hunting and poaching.  On 14 June 1976, the state government of Sabah led by the new chief minister Harris Salleh signed an agreement with Petronas, the federal government-owned oil and gas company, granting it the right to extract and earn revenue from petroleum found in the territorial waters of Sabah in exchange for 5% in annual revenue as royalties based on the 1974 Petroleum Development Act. Adjacent to the Crocker Range is the Trus Madi Range with Mount Trus Madi, with a height of 2,642 metres.  These islands are formed by Quaternary pyroclastic material that was ejected during explosive volcanic activities. , The 2015 Malaysian Census reported the population of Sabah at 3,543,500, being the third most populous state in Malaysia with the highest non-citizens population at 870,400.  Overbeck then co-operated with the British Dent brothers (Alfred Dent and Edward Dent) for financial backing to develop the land, with the Dent company persuading him that any investors would need guarantees of British military and diplomatic support. However, the British government maintained its stand on the matter that North Borneo was ceded to them and it refused to allow any Filipino or third party for that matter to examine its copy of the contract. In 2002, both Malaysia and Indonesia submitted to arbitration by the ICJ on a territorial dispute over the Ligitan and Sipadan islands which were later won by Malaysia.  Neighbouring Sarawak has also previously announced intention to provide additional electricity power to Sabah with full export will be finalised in 2021. Overbeck and Dent’s version of the 1878 Treaty stated that “all the rights and power belonging to me over all the territories and lands being tributary to us on the mainland on the island of Borneo in consideration of a yearly compensation of 5,000 dollars, together with all other powers and rights usually exercised by and belonging to sovereign rulers and which we hereby delegate to him of our own free and sovereign will.”.  More Chinese traders eventually settled in Kinabatangan, as stated in both Brunei and Sulu records. 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With the increase of youth interests on e-sports, Sabah government also targeting to develop the sports as part of the tourism development in the state.  Although country such as Japan have mainly focusing their various development and investment projects in the interior and islands since after the end of Second World War. The central and eastern portion of Sabah are generally lower mountain ranges and plains with occasional hills. The Philippines was explaining the history and legal basis of its claim over Sabah and the origins of the dispute to the UK government. Other major towns in Sabah include Sandakan and Tawau. Mr Hishammudin also said he would summon the Philippines’ ambassador to Kuala Lumpur Charles Jose … Our nation’s sovereignty is non-negotiable and must be defended at all times.  The plant is a joint venture between Petronas and NRG Consortium that also includes facilities such as gas pipeline of Sabah–Sarawak Gas Pipeline and a terminal of Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal.  In the wake of threats of "annexation" from the Philippines after President Ferdinand Marcos signed a bill by including Sabah as part the Republic of the Philippines on its maritime baselines in the Act of Congress on 18 September 1968, the British responds in the next day by sending their Hawker Hunter fighter-bomber jets to Kota Kinabalu with the jets stopped over at the Clark Air Base not far from the Philippines capital of Manila. During the ceremony, both the Union Jack and Chinese flag were raised from the bullet-ridden Jesselton Survey Hall building.  Kinabalu National Park was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000 for its richness in plant diversity combined with its unique geological, topographical, and climatic conditions. by Vicky Morales on the story of Filipino immigrants from the Sulu Archipelago escaping poverty and starvation in the Philippines by entering Sabah illegally to earn livehood but facing risk being caught, tortured and deported as Malaysian laws are getting strict on illegal migration. As in the rest of Malaysia, local government comes under the purview of state government. It then formally emerged as Malaysia with the inclusion of Singapore, North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak on 16 September, 1963 when Malaysia inherited the British colonial enterprise in Northern Borneo.  The government has set to review the Cabotage Policy even thought the cause was due to other reasons with the World Bank has stated that the result was due to weak distribution channels, high handling charges and inefficient inland transportation. As to when it will finally be settled is yet to be ascertained.  Following the various initiatives by state government to encourage local entrepreneurs for state handicrafts, there were a total of 526 entrepreneurs in 2012 which increased to 1,483 in 2013 and 1,702 in 2014 with total sales value up from RM31 million to RM56 million. , The Japanese forces landed in Labuan on 3 January 1942, during the Second World War, and later invaded the rest of northern Borneo. An oath stone was officially officiated by the first Chief Minister Donald Stephens on 31 August 1964 in Keningau as a remembrance to the agreement and promise for reference in the future. , This article is about the Malaysian state. (Cyber-RT) – Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the Philippines ambassador to Malaysia must be summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to explain the matter.  The post of the Resident was abolished and replaced with district officers for each of the district when North Borneo became part of Malaysia. She has worked with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other local and international NGOs as a consultant.  The West Coast Grid supplies electricity to Kota Kinabalu, Papar, Beaufort, Keningau, Kota Belud, Kota Marudu, Kudat and Labuan with a capacity of 488.4 MW and maximum demand of 396.5 MW. Nobody in Malaysia … , There is a number of cultural villages exhibiting Sabah indigenous cultures such as the Borneo Cultural Village, Mari Mari Cultural Village and Monsopiad Cultural Village, where cultural performances are also performed. The KK Sentral operating express bus services from the city to Beaufort, Sipitang, Menumbok, Lawas and Brunei.  Before the formation of Malaysia, North Borneo security was the responsibility of Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand. It covers the three major islands of Banggi, Balambangan and Malawali.  The oldest schools in Sabah are: St. Michael's School Sandakan (1886), St. Michael's School Penampang (1888), All Saints' School, Likas (1903) and St. Patrick's School Tawau (1917).  In March 1945, Australian forces launched Operation Agas in order to gather intelligence in the region and launch guerrilla warfare against the Japanese. at a cost of about RM850 million through the Private Funding Initiative (PFI).  To prevent further disputes over intervention, the governments of the United Kingdom, Spain and Germany signed the Madrid Protocol of 1885, recognising the sovereignty of the King of Spain over the Sulu Archipelago in return for the relinquishment of all Spanish claims over northern Borneo. , In early 2016, Sabah had a total number of 42,047 teachers teaching in various pre-schools, primary and secondary schools.  It was finally agreed to exempt the policy from 1 June 2017; with foreign ships will go directly to ports in the East without need to go to West Malaysia although Cabotage Policy on transshipment of goods within Sabah and Sarawak and the federal territory of Labuan remain.  The residing British and the locals were compelled to obey and gave in to the brutality of the Japanese.  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