KOTA KINABALU, March 10 (Bernama) — “Do not question Sabah’s sovereignty in Malaysia,” stressed Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor in response to the latest claims by a group calling themselves the United Tausug Citizens (UTC).

Hajiji said Sabahans have chosen to jointly form the Malaysia Federation through the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) therefore, any external claims against the state of Sabah will not be recognised by the Sabah government or the people.

Echoing the Federal government’s strong stand against entertaining the claims by UTC, he said that Sabah also has the backing of the global community on this matter.

“The state government strongly rejects any claim on Sabah that is akin to questioning the state’s  sovereignty in the Federation of Malaysia.

“The claims by UTC or any group on Sabah is nothing but a frivolous attempt to disrupt the state’s peace and it is tantamount to threatening the sovereignty of the nation,” he said in a statement.

Hajiji said even the claims by the heir of the defunct Sulu Sultanate ended with the imprisonment of  the arbitarator Dr Gonzalo Stampa.

Yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Institutional Reform), Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said was reported as saying that Malaysia rejects what it terms as frivolous claims by UTC, which claim to be the “rightful custodians of the Sultanate of Sulu Territory” over Sabah.


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