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Sabah Rejects Philipines’ Claim

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KOTA KINABALU – The Sabah state government in no uncertain terms rejects any claim by the Philippines on the state, says Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.

“I have made our stand on this matter before. Let me once again clearly state that we do not recognise or acknowledge any claim by the Philippines or any other country on Sabah,” he said in a statement here today.

Responding to remarks made by a member of the Philippines Consultative Committee recently on the proposed inclusion of Sabah in Philippine territory, Musa said Sabah remained a part of Malaysia and had chosen to be and would continue to be a part of the sovereign nation since the state became party to its formation.

”The people in Sabah choose to be in this state because it is in Malaysia.

“We have been enjoying peace, stability and economic prosperity within Malaysia,” he said.

Philippines Consultative Committee member Aquilino Pimentel Jr, who had been appointed to review the Philippines’ 1987 Constitution, said he would propose the inclusion of Sabah in the Philippines as part of the country’s shift to a federal system of government. – BERNAMA

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