More resources: The Sabah Reader (more to come)


‘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 .

PECOJON Resource List -The Peace and Conflict Journalism Network Philippines http://www.pecojon.ph

Groups call for end to violence in Sabah; death toll at 27 By Carolyn O. Arguillas

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.

http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2013/03/04/groups-call-for-end-to-violence-in-sabah-death-toll-at-27/

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

Patricio Diaz of @mindanews writes on the why behind PNOY’s attitude towards Kirams https://twitter.com/mindanews

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, thImagee 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/

MILF, BIFF mum over Sabah firefight (And ARMM Gov Mujiv Hataman on his role as emissary to the Kirams) Acting ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman, in an interview also yesterday, said that he tried but failed to convince the Kiram family to resolve the matter peacefully. He said that for about a week, he talked and negotiated with the Kirams, upon the instruction of President Benigno Aquino, for their supporters to withdraw from Lahad Datu. http://www.morobloggers.com/author/ferdinandh-b-cabrera/

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Clueless on Sabah Maybe present realities no longer favor pursuing the Sabah claim. Consider this report by Ed Lingao of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (MindaNews, February 21, 2013): “Many of the Tausugs we encountered detested the idea of the Philippine government reclaiming Sabah. Refugees from war and poverty, many of these Tausugs see little benefit in a Sabah under the Philippine flag; in fact, for them, it is a worrying proposition, not unlike jumping from the clichéd frying pan into an even bigger fire.” Then there is the peace process between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Philippine government being brokered by Malaysia. Perhaps this is one of the things at the back of  Aquino’s mind when he convinced the Kirams to leave Sabah. He could be thinking that a miscalculation on Sabah might negate the gains of the peace talks. http://www.mindanews.com/mindaviews/2013/02/28/someone-elses-windows-clueless-on-sabah/

By Former President Fidel V. Ramos. Even supposedly knowledgeable DFA Assistant Secretaries and Malacañang Spokespersons today have also beclouded the issues – instead of offering doable options for Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, the designated official “Sultan of Sulu” during the November 2012 conclave of the various factions of the Sultanate (traditionally the opposing claimant heirs).http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/396189/philippines-sulu-malaysia-sabah-asean-first-of-two-parts#.UTKH40LWGlI

Flashback# Filipino Refugees from Sabah: Trapped in an Endless Journey Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos in southern Philippines flock to nearby Sabah for a better life. Again and again, they are sent back to their land of birth. This ordeal became harshest last August and September when thousands of them – called undocumented aliens by Malaysian authorities – were forcibly sent home. But that is just part of a long journey that begins with abject poverty and war. http://www.bulatlat.com/news/2-41/2-41-refugees.html

#Sabah #flashback Remember when the Malaysians pulled out as 3rdparty- mediator in GRP-MILF peace talks? Former U. P. College of Law dean Merlin Magallona reports that “the present Baseline Law, Republic Act No. 3046 of 1961 was amended by Republic Act No. 5446 of 1968. Section 2 of the present Baseline Law provides that “the definition of the baselines of the territorial sea of the Philippine Archipelago as provided in this Act [Rep. Act No. 5446] is without prejudice to the delineation of the baselines of the territorial sea around the territory of Sabah, situated in North Borneo, over which the Republic of the Philippines has acquired dominion and sovereignty.” But despite this clear mandate of the law, Dean Magallona notes that “House Bill No. 3216 (with Congressman Antonio V. Cuenco as principal author) and its counterpart in the Senate (S. No. 1467, with Senator Trillanes as principal author) has deliberately eliminated Section 2 of Rep. Act. No. 5446 in reference to Philippine sovereignty over Sabah, as shown in the deliberations of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on 20 November 2007.” http://midfield.wordpress.com/2008/05/05/malaysia-peace-talks-pullout-linked-to-sabah-claim/

BALIK TANAW SA SABAH  from PinoyWeekly  “Kaugnay ng umiinit ngayong usapin tungkol sa Sabah na kinaligtaan na yatang habulin ng gobyerno, matapos ang magkasunod na rehimen nina yumaong Pres. Diosdado Macapagal at Ferdinand Marcos, minabuti naming muling ilathala rito ang artikulo naming ito (unang lumabas sa PINOY WEEKLY, may petsang Setyembre 25-Oktubre 1, 2002 http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2013/03/balik-tanaw-sa-sabah/

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