Sarawak, Malaysia – As Malaysia celebrated its 56th birthday final month, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addressed the Southeast Asian nation’s two culturally-distinct and more and more assertive Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak, a two-hour flight throughout the South China Sea from the seat of presidency in Putrajaya.
The veteran politician talked of Malaysia as “one massive household” and mentioned the federal government was dedicated to reviewing the implementation of the 1963 Malaysia Settlement that established the brand new nation of Malaysia.
As a sign of the federal authorities’s dedication, the islands of Sipadan and Ligitan, could be returned to Sabah’s management, he added.
“We hope the folks and leaders of those two states can see the willpower and sincerity of the federal authorities to position Sabah and Sarawak as companions with the Malay peninsula,” Mahathir mentioned.
Greater than 50 years after Sabah and Sarawak joined Singapore and the-then nation of Malaya to type Malaysia (the town state was expelled in 1965), the 2 Borneo states have gotten extra assertive;…