Dias Pradadimara Pradadimara


This paper is a review on the ways in which the issue of Sabah‘s status was being raised at the
same time as the birth of Malaysia and the objection of the Philippines over the inclusion of
Sabah into the newly born nation-state, and how Indonesia with their own territorial problems
especially over West Irian/ Papua was dragged in it. The dispute over Sabah (which until 1963
was called as North Borneo) was part of the birth of the Malaysian Federation. The ―Sabah
Question‖ has indeed not been resolved. This issues seems to be deliberately forgotten both by
Malaysia and by the Philippines, elthough for different reasons. What happened on February
2013 in Sabah seems to force both sides to remember the past to find a way out.
Keywords: Sabah—decolonization—Southeast Asia—dispute—history

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