It is time that the Philippine and Malaysian governments sit down to discuss the Sabah issue seriously with the intent to resolve differences peacefully. Filipino ethnic groups including the Sama-Bajaus and Tausugs (known as Suluks in Sabah) have long been residing in Sabah, many predating the 1968 creation of the Federation of Malaysia. These groups crisscrossed the maritime boundaries of present day Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia for trade, visiting relatives and cultural exchange long before […]
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As a proud Malaysian citizen, I’d like to see corruption eradicated; a truly free-market economy; and protection for refugees and minorities. As these words are written, Malaysia will be conducting her 13th General Elections this week. As a first time voter and an amateur political observer, I am naturally excited because I’ll be exercising my right as a citizen to cast my vote for the first time and to play a part in electing the […]
World leaders may justify foreign intervention in other countries. However such actions come at a price which may not be exacted immediately, but when they are least expected. In the aftermath of Operation Merdeka, Malaysian support for the Muslim insurgency in Mindanao and Sulu intensified. Since then, Kuala Lumpur had devised a wily Mindanao strategy that it used as leverage in its dealings with Manila. But later events indicate that this strategy had also backfired. […]
Malaysia and the Philippines’ inability to resolve the resource-rich disputed Sabah territory has resulted in Operation Merdeka, an alleged plan to annex Sabah to the Philippines. Operation Merdeka may have resulted from a failure to reach a compromise solution on the Sabah issue after the creation of the Malaysian Federation. Fear of a deep-seated Malaysian position in the area which may put the Philippine position at a gross disadvantage if a final settlement is drawn may […]
Filipino ethnic groups including the Sama-Bajaus and Tausugs (known as Suluks in Sabah) have long been residing in Sabah, many predating the 1968 creation of the Federation of Malaysia. These groups crisscrossed the maritime boundaries of present day Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia for trade, visiting relatives and cultural exchange long before stricter maritime patrols made these historical movements more difficult. However in the 1970s more Filipinos wanting to escape conflict that plagued Mindanao and the […]
Egyptian opposition parties and their supporters should accept the results of the new Egyptian Constitution. There is no solid evidence of systemic cheating or massive manipulation of the referendum by the Mohamed Morsi government, as alleged earlier. 64% of those who voted endorsed the new Constitution. True, only 32% of the registered voters exercised their right. That in itself is not an argument against the validity of the poll. In some Western democracies, the voter […]
The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) is an advocacy and action group established in 1992 with the aim of highlighting global injustices while striving for a just world guided by universal spiritual and moral values. JUST is guided by the following principles: To develop public awareness about the iniquities and injustices in the existing hegemonic global system To create a better understanding, at the popular level, of how control and domination of the […]