Saging na Sabah ( Sabah Banana )

Need I say more?

While I am inclined to agree with the moderate views of a Malaysian professor at the NUS National University of Singapore whose article was posted by my dear friend, top historian Ambeth Ocampo in his Facebook page, there are many side stories to this issue which are very interesting…

Actually, I was with a group of very well-informed, hotshot lawyers and this is what they had to say…

“After Ferdinand Marcos’ botched plan to retake Sabah in 196_, the Malaysians retaliated by training the Muslim Filipinos as the MNLF, the Moro National Liberation Front. That way, the Filipinos would be busy with their own Islamic insurgency rather than think of retaking Sabah from Malaysia. Think of what immense trouble that was to all of us Filipinos! But talk of things going full circle: the reason why the Kiram Royal Army knew where to position themselves well in Sabah during the attacks was that they were trained there… and how!”

“It was the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration and the Malaysians who decided to ‘recognize’ Jamalul Kiram as the ‘rightful’ Sultan of Sulu instead of the most eligible contender in the Kiram clan, who is a medical doctor. That was because Jamalul Kiram struck them as the most cooperative and the least likely to make trouble; he is not as outspoken as the other contenders. Never in their wildest dreams did they think he could pull off an audacious act like that! On the other hand, that medical doctor, who was the most eligibile contender as Sultan of Sulu, wants the outright secession of Sulu from the Philippines.”

More later…




  1. Vic Leonardo said,

    March 20, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Aren’t there several claimants to the title of Sultan of Sulu? There’s Jamalul Kiram’s brother Esmail Dalus Kiram. Then there’s Mahakuttah Kiram, who passed on and whose son Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram was crowned recently in 2012. His uncle Fuad Kiram also claims to be the rightful heir. Then there’s this other guy who lived in Sabah and says that his father Datu Punjungan who was supposed to be the rightful heir of the last real Sultan was forced to flee Sulu in the early 70’s due to the MNLF wars, thus forcing Marcos to appoint Mahakuttah Kiram and crown him in 1974.

  2. Mike Jordana said,

    March 11, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Allan, I tried really hard to understand your point, but after that rambling, single-paragraph, 716-word discourse, the best I can do — and please tell me if I’m wrong — is that you feel Malaysia should share the bounty of supposedly resource-rich Sabah with us Pinoys because we’re basically cousins with them.

    Well, how would you feel if Malaysia asked to share in our own natural resources? Let’s see… do we even have any left? Ha ha!

    Anyway, I recall reading that primitive tribes had no concept of land ownership and that the land belonged to all. The West introduced the idea of property rights and all that malarkey we can’t live without now.

    But it’ll be interesting to see how things work out.

    By the way, I don’t blame the Malaysians for training the MNLF forces — Marcos started it with his Operation Merdeke in 1967 where, despite his brilliant legal mind, he decided to work around the international legal system instead of through it. When the plan was exposed, the Malaysians, alarmed, reacted with a devious plot of their own — training the MNLF. Just tit for tat.

    Also by the way, I think fried sabah in Bicolandia is called baduya, not maruya. At least in Naga City and environs. Maybe it’s maruya in Buhi Bicol, I don’t know.

  3. allan joseph said,

    March 11, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Sabah as i understand can be cooked in different ways, maruya in bicol region, turon in katagalugan, nilaga or banana cue, in almost all parts of the country. during the war, it was used as a stable food to augment hunger in almost all parts of the country and now as we see it, is causing discomport to a lot of people who seems to have consumed to much of it. If only these people look at sabah as some sort of food that can be shared by a lot of people, after all, a part of pinoys are malays too, pardon my words, for malays as the malaysians would say, means sons of slaves, and stop all the violence and claiming of ownership to the area, we would all be naive to think that the malaysians would give it up for the kirams, nor the kirams would allow ownership of the area to the malaysians, and only violence would now prevail against who is right and who is really right. I said right, simply because i believe that each and everyone of them have their own legal right to justify their own claim. It is so sad and heartbreaking what the humans have become of. Are the southeast asians now evolving into a western type of development where there is no more compassion , sharing, and sentido common as our olds used to say, sitting down and deciding what would be best for each and everyone who has the basic right and needs for the ownership of the land, either by historical rights, by birth rights, by independence, as given by the brits, or just settle the matter through war and violence that comes with it. Maybe now the Malaysians has become nervous after all, since they would now see clearly what damage they have done to us by trainig these rebels who as i might say, have their own cause for their so called rebellion. Does the Malaysian Goverment think that the payment that was documented would suffice the economic benefits that is being reaped by their goverment with the contested land. How would they feel if it was the orther way around. Maybe this is a so called awakening to the military leaders of our country, if only not so many of them have not been implicated with corruption, and instead opted to strengten our Armed Forces, instead of robbing it blind, then maybe our citizenry could have helped in contributing to the modernization of the AFP, maybe just maybe, they would have the guts to stand up and defend every inch of our teritory, to whoever would want to claim ownership to it. we have now been bullied not just once but twice. Maybe it is now high time to send to the musketry corrupt goverment officials as an example so that the filipinos can see and rally as one to make our armed forces help stand against any foreign country who wishes to lay a claim in any part of the territory of the country. Ang sobrang pagkain ng saba ay makapagdulot ng impatso at sakit ng tiyan pag d na kaya kainin at imbes na ipamahagi ay pilit na kakainin pa din. why dont they just share the bounty of the God given land to everyone who has a right to claim it, pinoys malaysians, the kirams, and both goverments, after all we shared some sort of dna whith one another. D ngayun ang takot nila , dapat ipatikim din sa kanila ang gastos na inabot ng gobyerno sa pagtulong nila sa rebelyon sa mindanao. kung anoman saging na sabah ang inaani sa lupang yan paghatian na lang ng lahat makinabang at wala ng awayan. ano yan matira matibay. hay buhay nga naman. These are all so called politics, side effects of it. do we really have to undergo what every rich nations in world have to undergo, a bloody revolution so that we can get our act together and become as one, one nation, one citizenry, all pilipinos, either what language they speak, its all just daydreaming. maybe its time to wake up before i will have my night mare. Good day to everyone have a nice day and enjoy reading and enjoy all comments. peace be with everyone.

  4. Mike Jordana said,

    March 10, 2013 at 11:43 am

    “On the other hand, that medical doctor, who is the rightful Sultan of Sulu, wants the outright secession of Sulu from the Philippines.” Secession, eh? So does the Sulu Archipelago want to become an independent nation? Good luck with that.

    Do they want to hook up with Malaysia? How does the province of Tawi-Tawi feel about that?

    But if they really want to go, I say let ’em. Maybe the other troublemakers in Cotabato and Basilan and other places in Mindanao will want to emigrate to the new mini-archipelago nation too, and leave the rest of the country in peace.

  5. Mike Jordana said,

    March 10, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I just think it’s ironic that this so-called Sultan of Sulu lives not in Sulu, his supposed dominion — maybe in a palace in Jolo — but in Taguig, Metro Manila, which Wikipedia says was “one of the earliest known territories to have been Christianized when the Spaniards succeeded in subjugating mainland Luzon…” Did I say ironic? I meant, hilarious.

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