‘Missed’ targets, unpaid ‘settlements’ While Malaysian officers were crowing about total victory over the Kiram forces in Sabah, the leader of the band was giving interviews to PH journalists. The spokesman of the Sultan of Sulu says the Raja Muda escaped dragnet and aerial pounding. More kin crop up with strange claims. Malaysian media confirm state’s efforts to exert rigid control over the news.
Between a fluid region and a hard state How the politics of identity clash with the politics of colonialism. Author says many in the region “still driven by primordial attachments to place, identity, language and culture” – handed down from colonizers” and have a hard time accepting that why certain peoples with ancient ties refuse to accept nation-states’ borders .
With the Sabah death toll rising to 27 Sunday (March 3), various groups call for an end to violence. Hardly any group backs the position of “unconditional surrender” pushed by Manila or Kuala Lumpur.
Also carries a reminder of the Kiram sultanate’s darker side.
Opposition demands open parliament inquiry into Sabah mess. This is an opposition coalition network that includes the People’s Justice Party (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP), and Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS). It is led by Anwar Ibrahim.
The Sultan Sa Ramain speaks, 1934 “…a classic case of shifting self-definition, attaching new value and meaning to one’s identity in the prospect of advancing its political interestsand exigencies of power within the parameters of a newfound state. This is a clear case wherein ethnic identity is simply not fixed but malleable and shaped by one’s interest in preserving power and access to resources”
Sabah issue : It’s borders with long(er) histories, stupid By historian Patricio Abinales Jr. “Where Manila and Kuala Lumpur classify residents of Tawi-Tawi and neighboring Sabah as “Filipinos” and “Malaysians,” respectively, the inhabitants see these official tags as skin-deep and their utility limited (to be brought up only during elections and when they pass official immigration posts). Instead of these “modern” categories, they are comfortable with how they really call themselves—Tausug, Sama Dilaut, Sama Delaya, Kazadan, etc. These are identities that persist and to which a new layer—citizenship—would be added.”
Salonga explains Sabah claim. Excerpts from a speech that Sen. Jovito R. Salonga delivered on March 30, 1963, by way of rebuttal to the speech of Sen. Lorenzo Sumulong berating the Philippine claim to North Borneo (Sabah), which was filed by President Diosdado Macapagal on June 22, 1962, followed by the London negotiations of January 1963
Rizal’s Settlement Project in Sabah: “if it is impossible for me to give my country liberty. I should like to give it at least to these noble countrymen of mine in other lands”. …Rizal was apparently considering of relocating his family in Sabah where he can organize a Filipino community who would devote themselves in agriculture, he serving as the leader. He observed in Hong Kong that Englishmen governed their colony well far from the persecutions suffered by the natives of Philippines from the Spaniards.
Memo Circular #162 signed by then Exec Sec Ermita in 2008 http://www.gov.ph/downloads/2008/08aug/20080820-MC-0162-GMA.pdf
Antonio G. M. La Viña espouses govt view on current #Sabah mess but says it better that govt spokespersons http://www.mindanews.com/mindaviews/2013/03/01/rivermans-vista-the-sabah-dilemma/ …
Amina Rasul notes there may be agitators — but it could be Malaysian, not PH stunt (w historical background) Left unresolved, the standoff in Sabah can escalate into an international incident that could create tension between Malaysia and the Philippines. Worse, there may be vested interests that will fuel an escalation into conflict. For instance, how true are the rumors from Malaysia that this incident may be driven by local politicians out to destabilize the ruling party, UMNO, by creating fear among the Sabahans? After all, the Malaysian government, under UMNO leaders, have been fully supporting the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. News reports from Malaysia surmise that although Prime Minister Najib Razak is popular, the UMNO may be losing support. If this trend continues, then the opposition led by Datuk Anwar Ibrahim may have a stronger hand in challenging the UMNO in the June elections. http://www.mindanews.com/mindaviews/2013/02/24/commentary-the-sabah-standoff/