Philippines' claim over Sabah becomes hot topic at state polls

Sabah chief minister in hot seat as Manila may reopen Borneo bureau

The Philippines' revival of its claim over Sabah has come just in time for politicians in Malaysia's easternmost state to take to the stump ahead of its Sept 26 vote.

Despite diplomatic and defence matters falling under the purview of the federal government in Kuala Lumpur, it is incumbent chief minister Shafie Apdal who has been put on the defensive by allies of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin over a suggestion that Malaysia discuss the matter with its neighbour.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 23, 2020, with the headline 'Philippines' claim over Sabah becomes hot topic at state polls'. Print Edition | Subscribe