"When Malaya's Tunku Abdul Rahman went to Sabah before the Sabah referendum in 1962 to talk to the elders of North Borneo (Sabah), why did not the Philippines and its Government do the same to organise a campaign in situ to get the Sabahans on side? Why didn't they do it?
By Anne de Bretagne
For the Philippine Sabah Claim Forum
for the Defenders of the Philippine Sabah & Spratly Claims
and for Sabah Claim Society
23 August 2015
Now, is "blame someone else but me" a distinct Filipino character trait? I'm beginning to think it is!
the last few years, the usual refrain when people discuss the Sabah
claim issue is to blame the British for the situation the Philippines
finds itself in with regard to its stale claim on Sabah. Well, well...
let's deal with it and throw the Framework Agreement, the BBL, the
entire immobile Sabah claim, the Sultanate of Sulu bickering
(nearly fratricidal crap, etc, etc) and include with them the kitchen
sink at the British.
agree the British 'created the problem' as many people who have just
recently discovered the North Borneo (Sabah) conundrum have been spewing all over the place. But here's
what: these Filipinos must understand and admit once and for all that
Philippines contributed largely to
that decision that created the problem (and continues to contribute unequivocally to the problem TODAY).
let's be fair and be a bit more
clever about things. It's nice to have a punching bag or to have a butt
"sisi" (much like Noynoy aka as Boy Sisi), in this case, the British,
but we must ascertain that the Philippines, its leaders and its people
aren't at fault either before we cast blame or "sisi" all around.
Anyway, if we want to cast "sisi" all around, here are some real reasons
for you to go and do all the "sisi" you want:
(1) At the time, i.e., early 60s, Senator Jovi Salonga was working so
with the Brits, your/our own countryman, Senator Lorenzo Sumulong, a
flamboyant ex-diplomat to the UN (who happens to be the grand uncle of
current PH president, Noynoy Aquino), was going all over the place,
attacking and casting vitriolic heaps of acid via the PH Senate pulpit
whip PH Govt and its Sabah claim to extinction.
He sold the PH claim to
Tunku Adul Rahman, then Malaysia's Prime Minister by acting as the
soon-to-be-created Malaysia Federation's attack dog against the
Government of the Philippines and its claim to Sabah. It wouldn't
surprise me therefore, that like the big powers at the time, the Brits
took this all-Philippine treasonous approach to the Sabah claim,
happening in one of the highest echelons of power, as an excuse to say,
"Bloody hell! You people don't know what you want? Well, I'll decide for
you!" (Let's not beat around the bush, it was an all-Filipino treason
game which must have greatly amused the Brits and the Malayans!)
(2) Furthermore, if blame has to be cast all around, let's not look far
away.... Our own masters and commanders at the time, the great United
States of America, did not lift a finger, did not do anything at all to
help us convince the British to allow the Sultanate of Sulu to have it
back in 1962. On the contrary, the Americans not only did not pay even
scant attention to this issue but also discouraged us from tackling the
Sabah issue (check out records from as far back as 1957). And one would
have thought that as our greatest allies, they would see our way. But
heck, no...just didn't happen, but you don't see me around blaming the
Americans, now, do you? (Fast forward... In 1967 or 68, it was America
that alerted Britain that Marcos was on a "war path" and so what
happened? Britain tried to show force by landing fighter aircraft on our
own soil. Did America say anything? Nope! Not a word! They were in
cahoots with the UK!)
(3) One important element: When Malaya's
Tunku Abdul Rahman went to Sabah before the Sabah referendum in 1962 to talk to
the elders of North Borneo (Sabah), why did not the Philippines do the same to
organise a campaign in situ to get the Sabahans on side? Why?
The Philippine Government was well aware of
what was going to happen but did not lift a finger, did not do anything
and instead, LEFT EVERYTHING TO FATE as in "Bahala na!" The Government
at the time just sat on its big fat ass while the other party, the
Malayans led by Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, were going at things hammer and tong
right in the heart of Sabah to convince the Sabahans to join the
soon-to-be created Malaysia Federation. TOTAL PHILIPPINE INERTIA! PH Govt just
didn't go the extra mile even if it meant saving Sabah claim's own skin
for God and country. Parbleu! And you think we are not to blame?
And I can recite a long series of other "blames" but I won't. I'll stop
at those because they should be enough to enlighten you.
lets be a bit more clever about this, shall we? Because we can't just be
making "sisi" all around like Noynoy does today when things go wrong and believe that it's everybody
else's fault but ours! If you really want to know, we were as much to
blame for being generally do-lally about the claim.
This "sisi" doctrine seems to be deeply embedded in our psyche but let's get over it and move on!
Let's not allow classic INERTIA (Bahala na!) to overcome us just
because it makes us feel better to whine consistently and to look
back to the past to blame the British for all that has gone badly with
Sabah (of which, I must remind Filipinos, are also largely,
hugely responsible for, anyway) and let this politics of blame stop at
the water's edge! Instead, FIND SOLUTIONS TO HOW TO GET THE BLASTED
SABAH BACK or at the very least, find solutions not to allow this
country to be partitioned by radicals, zealots, fanatics, secessionists,
Malaysian warriors by proxy in the southern Philippines with the
treasonous complicity -- again of Govt officials, elected and appointed!
Blaming the Brits for the Sabah debacle ad vitam eternam is not going to help achieve what many Filipinos want, i.e., get Sabah back.
All about the genuine Sabah Claim Society
ATTENTION! This blog is the genuine Sabah Claim Society.
We are Philippine patriots who have grouped together from around the world and who created the Sabah Claim Society group originally on Facebook on 15 July 2011 and counted close to 6,000 members.
But on 5 October 2011 our group on Facebook was traitorously hijacked by two people we had invited to join us as group admins but who, we learned later on, had been hired to sabotage our patriotic group by a group of sinister individuals sporting fake European sounding nobility titles and other spurious Tausug/Sulu titles ['bestowed' and indiscriminately distributed on Facebook] and organized by a combined team of charlatans namely a datu (sporting a fake sultan title) and the latter's handler who is conveniently sporting an absolutely fake 'princely' title as well.
Please be warned that the said group of individuals, we believe, are in fact con artists out to "claim" Sabah for "get rich quick" reasons and are not genuine Philippine patriots. Their motive, we have discovered, is to be able to convince Malaysians that they are genuine Sulu royalty and pro-Philippine Sabah claim supporters in order to extract from Malaysia (which has control of Sabah today) a premium for letting go of the Sabah claim.
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