Disputes Upon Sabah: Clans’ Claims and Malaysian Sovereignty

MAT AKIB, MAT ZIN and Omar Din, Mohamed Anwar and HAJI ABDUL GHANI, ROHANI (2014) Disputes Upon Sabah: Clans’ Claims and Malaysian Sovereignty. International Journal of Asian Social Science, 4 (6). pp. 30-60. ISSN 2226-5139 (Printed) 2224-4441 (Online)

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Abstract

At the risk of appearing Malaysian-centric, this paper seeks to validate the legitimacy for Malaysia to defend North Borneo, now Sabah, as part of her territorial sovereignty based on primary legal documents, namely, four grant legal treaty documents signed by the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam and Gustavus Baron von Overbeck and Alfred Dent Esquire as representatives of a British Company in 1877 and 1878 respectively. According to those treaties, the Brunei Sultanate had ceded or surrendered the three territories to Dent von Overbeck. Accordingly, the British had the absolute right to cede those territories to whomever they wanted, and in that case it was to Malaysia, when Sabah joint Malaysia since 1963. The second part of this paper concerned the claims among the Sulu’s ruling house in the 20th century upon Sabah after the death Dayang in 1947. Those ruling house groups here refered as ‘clans.’

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Brunei Sultanate, the Sultan of Sulu, Overbeck and Alfred Dent, claims, clans
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: Prof.Dato' Mohamed Anwar Omar Din
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2016 04:43
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2016 04:43
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/4515

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