Thursday March 7, 2013
Lahad Datu: Sabahans reject sultanate’s claims to state
KOTA KINABALU: Sabahans have rallied to sign an online petition which rejects claims by the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu to their state.
Written by five youths on March 2 and uploaded to change.org, it has received 2,908 signatures as at noon yesterday.
The petition by the Concerned Citizens of Sabah group states: “The peace-loving people of Sabah unanimously agree that whatever the result of any injunction or fact-finding mission, we wish to remain as Malaysians.
“We appeal to the international community to acknowledge the people of Sabah's right to self- determination, to endorse the state's constitutional sovereignty of the Malaysian Government as valid and the desire of Sabahans to permanently reject the Sultanate of Sulu's claim on our home.”
It will be forwarded to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III.
Speaking on behalf of the group that wrote the petition, blogger N.I. said it was a way for citizens, especially youth, to exercise their freedom and democratic rights.
“We want them (Najib and Aquino) and the rest of the world to listen to our voice,” she said.
The petition acknowledged the shared history between Sabah and the Philippines but “respectfully and permanently reject” the sultanate's claims, which the group deemed as “irrelevant to modern day Sabah”.
Signing the petition, Nur Azila Awang Sarin from Kota Kinabalu said: “Sabah belongs to Malaysia.”
Netizen Brandon A.J. said there was no room for such “barbarism” in the modern age.
Adam Chin said the Lahad Datu conflict was “doomed to fail”, adding that Sabahans had become one with Malaysians in Sarawak and the peninsula.
To sign the petition, go to http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/saba hans-reject-sulu-philippines-claim-on-sabah-sabah-menolak-tuntutan-sulu-dan-filipina-terhadap-sabah
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