Monday, 1 December 2008

Malaysia still paying Sultan of Sulu

The Malaysian Government is still paying RM5,300 cession money to the Sultan of Sulu's heirs based on the North Borneo Court 1939 McKaskie Judgment, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim Parliament told last week.

This was the minister's answer to a question from Kota Kinabalu Member of Parliament Dr Hiew King Cheu (pix).

The sole DAP MP in Sabah wanted to know whether the Sulu Sultanate's claim on Sabah is valid and why Malaysia is still paying the cession money to the heirs.

Rais said the payment was merely assumed as a civil judgement and that is has no effect whatsoever because Sabah and its people had made a collective will to be part of the Federation of Malaysia through the Cobbold Commission.

The payment is not a basis to claim Sabah and that any claims bu the Sultan Of Sulu or any other quarters on Sabah will not be entertained.

"Sabah is part of Malaysia and that its sovereignty and independence is honoured by all," Rais said.

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