Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamad on PH's claim to Sabah : 'There is NO claim'

Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamad on PH's claim to Sabah : 'There is NO claim'

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamad is in the Philippines for an official visit to reaffirm bilateral relations and boost cooperation on the fields of health, education, and anti-terrorism, among others.

After the standard procedure of signing of the palace guest book, the two leaders met for their bilateral meeting.

President Duterte was able to share with Mahatir the great strides for peace in Mindanao through the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) which creates a new Bangsamoro entity.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamad in an 1 on 1 exclusive interview with ABS-CBN's news channel ANC (photo credit to owner)

“The road leading to the historic transition to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region was paved in large part by the support of our international partners. Malaysia occupies a prominent role in this roster of friends,” Duterte said.
Duterte, thanked the Malaysian Prime Minister for Malaysian investments in the administration’s BUILD BUIL BUILD most notably in  Clark Green City and for the economic development of Mindanao through the BIMP-EAGA stands for Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

Mahatir, congratulates Duterte

Mahatir congratulated the Philippine President for the ratification of the BOL and hoped for a smooth transition process into the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
“I congratulated President Duterte on the success of the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law and the appointment of members into the Bangsamoro Transition Authority. I look forward to the smooth transition of the ARMM through the interim government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao,” Mahathir said.
The Malaysian government vows to help in the development of Mindanao.

“Given the vast economic potential of this area, I believe with the establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao or BARMM, we have to boost economic ties between both countries,” he added

There is no claim

In an exclusive one on one interview with ANC’s Cathy Yang.

The Prime Minister was asked about the country’s dormant claim to Sabah, which was declared part of the Malaysian federation in 1963.

"Well, as far as we’re concerned, there is no claim,” said Mahathir.

“We will not discuss that,” he said, shaking his head to followup questions. 

No statement from Malacanang was released if the said topic was discussed by Duterte and Mahatir.

Philippines Claim

The Philippines has a claim on Sabah, a territory part of Malaysia’s northern Borneo, a lease agreement in 1878 between  the Sultanate of Sulu and the British North Borneo Chartered Co. 

In 2013, hundreds of “freedom figthers” who called themselves as "Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo.” from Tawi-Tawi went to Lahad Datu in Sabah to assert their claim.

Malaysia sentenced 9 Filipinos to death over the incident.

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