A Malaysian boat with three crew members and 28 tourists from China capsized in Sabah due to strong winds and large waves at around 10 am on Saturday. The accident happened an hour after it left Tanjung Aru jetty for Pulau Mengalum, a tourist attraction about 56km northwest of Kota Kinabalu. Rescuers search for the six missing people. Five are Chinese tourists and one boat crew – within a 1,650 square nautical mile search area from KK and in Labuan.
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[VIDEO]: Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for all-out search and rescue efforts for 28 Chinese tourists who were among 31 people on board a Malaysian boat that sank off the coast of Sabah state on Sunday.
Survivors and Casualties
The 20 survivors are rescued by a fishing boat which was escorted by a Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) vessel and a marine police boat. The bodies of three tourists who perished in the tragedy are also on board the fishing boat. It could not be verified yet if a crew member of the catamaran is among the 20 survivors or the three dead. Six people are still missing.
Ferdinand E. Marcos on Sabah
The late president Ferdinand E. Marcos is not the only head of a sovereign state that has made a claim to the Sabah. He has taken big steps before to acquire Sabah. The Sabah territory is historically and legally an area and a territory to which the Philippines have, from the beginning of the 18th century.
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History Says it All
The Sabah region known as North Borneo is ceded by the Sultan of Brunei in 1704 to the Sultan of Sulu. It is a reward for the assistance of the Sultan of Sulu in suppressing a rebellion in North Borneo. The Sultan of Sulu is the “lord of all the part of Borneo. It is between Quimanis Point in the island of Labuan itself. This includes the Bay of Santa Lucia that is 150 leagues off the north coast of this Borneo island. The title of the Sultanate of Sulu over North Borneo was recognized by the Dutch, Spain, Great Britain, and other European powers. There are evidence through a series of treaties entered into the 18th and the 19th centuries. The Sultan of Sulu is recognized as the ruler and the sovereign over North Borneo.
Nature’s Wrath for Abusing the Sovereign Rights of Filipinos
Sabah is legally on lease by the Malaysian government. The Sultanate of Sulu has been demanding for its return but the Malaysian government refused to despite the evidence of their yearly rent. The Sultanate refuses to accept continuous payment after the Malaysians dispute its ownership. They cruelly deport Filipino settlers in Sabah and more than a hundred thousand of them are displaced in Mindanao. The Aquino government’s refusal to help the Sultanate prompted them to stage the Lahad Datu Standoff. Sultan Jamalul Kiram urged the Filipinos to continue fighting for Sabah in his death bed. Filipinos of any religion believe that If Malaysia continues to invade Sabah, nature’s wrath will be upon them.