Holes in Sabah history

Armed operation: Malaysian armoured vehicles on the road in Lahad Datu, Sabah, on March 4, 2013, responding to an armed incursion by followers of the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu who crossed over to Sabah to stress the long-dormant claim. – Filepic/The Star

“THIS subject is too complicated and intricate to be disposed of without a good deal of research, but it seems the Governor’s fears as set out in paragraph 3 of his despatch are not well-grounded. Any concession the Sultan of Sulu may have made to the Americans would, I submit, exclude any concessions made by him previously.”

As expressed in this excerpt from minutes of a 1917 meeting between Charles Frederick Cunningham Macaskie and the British North Borneo Company’s Governor Alymer Cavendish Pearson, the Sulu claim to Sabah required research even back then. Macaskie was an English barrister who was the first chief justice of North Borneo (1934-1945). He later presided over a 1939 case of claims from the Sulu Sultanate.

Start your ads-free experience now!

Monthly Plan


Annual Plan


Billed as RM148.00/year

1 month

Free Trial

For new subscribers only

Cancel anytime. No ads. Auto-renewal. Unlimited access to the web and app. Personalised features. Members rewards.
Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

Sabah , history , Sulu , Philip Golingai


Next In Columnists

Navigating Sustainability: RCEP's Initiative for Sustainable Development across Asia
Shortchanged - like father like son?
Fuel on the fire
Sabah is Sabah, not Sarawak
Breaking free from the shackles of tribalism: Embracing universal compassion
Tight race looms in Sungai Bakap
Of empathy and religion
Have public transport from day one
Tears, rage and a brave comeback by a wronged player Faisal
A gem of an island

Others Also Read