NARITO ang paliwanag ng Wikipedia, isang computer-based encyclopedia ukol sa sigalot sa Sabah sa wikang Ingles: The North Borneo dispute is the result of a claim by the Philippines over much of the eastern part of Sabah in Malaysia.
Sabah was known as North Borneo prior to the formation of the Malaysian federation in 1963. The Philippines, via the heritage of the Sultanate of Sulu, claim Sabah on the basis that Sabah was only leased to the British North Borneo Company with Sulu’s sovereignty never being relinquished.
This dispute stems from the difference in the interpretation used on an agreement signed between Sultanate of Sulu and British commercial syndicate (Alfred Dent and Baron von Over-back) in 1878, which stipulated that North Borneo was either ceded or leased (depending on translation used) to the British syndicate in return for payment of 5000 Malayan Dollar per year.
Nevertheless, Malaysia considered this dispute as a “non-issue”, as there is no desire from the actual people of Sabah to be part of the Philippines or of the Sultanate of Sulu.
As reported by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the independence of North Borneo was brought about as the result of the ex-pressed wish of the majority of the people of the territory in a 1963 election.
The Malaysian Embassy in Manila continues to pay “cession money” to the heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu, amounting to 73,940 pesos or RM5,300. This cession money is confirmed by the Malaysian Embassy in Manila, and the heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu.
The website of the provincial government of Sulu recognizes Ismael Kiram II as the present Sultan.
The Sulu provincial government website lists him as reigning from 1983 to 1990.