ROYAL HASHEMITE SULTANATE OF SULU
ROYAL HASHEMITE SULTANATE OF SABAH
(Sultanate of Sulu & North Borneo/ Sabah)

 



SABAH IS AN ISSUE BETWEEN LESSOR LANDLORD (THE SULTAN OF SULU)
AND ILLEGAL TENANT (MALAYSIA)



Sabah or North Borneo and the island of Palawan were bestowed as gifts to the Sultan of Sulu by the Sultan of Brunei in 1658 in gratitude for the assistance of the Sultan of Sulu to avert a civil war in Borneo. Thus, since that time, Sabah became a property of the Sultan of Sulu and the Sultanate of Sulu. Sabah's problem is that Tenant (Malaysia) is not paying the right amount of rent to the Lessor Landlord (Sultan of Sulu).

In 1878, HM Sultan Jamalul Ahlam Kiram (The Sultan of Sulu and The Sultan of Sabah), as the legitimate owner, leased Sabah to a British company of Gustavus Baron de Overbeck and Alfred Dent for their use and their heirs but the Lease prohibits the transfer of Sabah to any nation, company or individual without the consent of His Majesty's Government (“Government of the Sultan of Sulu”). The transfer of Sabah by Great Britain to Malaysia in 1963 constituted a breach of the provisions of the 1878 Lease as the Government of the Sultan of Sulu did not consent to the transfer to Malaysia. As a point in law, Sabah must and should be returned to the Lessor as owners (the Sultan of Sulu and the Sultanate of Sulu).

In 1906 and 1920, the United States formally reminded Great Britain that Sabah did not belong to Great Britain and was still part of the Sultanate of Sulu but Great Britain ignored and did not listen to the reminder of the USA and transferred Sabah to Malaysia in 1963. This transfer is prohibited under the Sabah Lease of 1878.

The continued occupation of Sabah by Malaysia is illegal and it must end. Malaysia pays the heirs of the Sultan of Sulu very small annual rent of PhP77,442.36 or US$1,500 for Sabah a real estate property with land area of 73,711 square kilometers. This very small yearly rent is unjust and unfair and it is unacceptable and indefensible how Malaysia can stay in Sabah by paying so little amount of rent per year.

Sabah contributes US$30 billion GDP to the Malaysian economy annually and looking at fair commercial rental property transactions the Lessor can expect to receive rental payment of at least 10% to 12% or US$3 billion to US$3.6 billion per year from the Tenant. But the Lessor only received a measly US$1,500 per year so the Malaysian payment needs to be discussed and re-negotiated to the satisfaction of everybody concerned.

Due to the unfair and unjust treatment of Malaysia of the Sabah owners regarded as Un-Islamic and Haram and the lack of economic developments in the Sultanate of Sulu and also in Sabah many pro independence groups advocate independence of Sulu and Sabah. Malaysia is a Muslim nation that grabs Sabah the land owned by Muslims from the Sultanate of Sulu. Malaysia's land-grabbing of Sabah is betrayal of Islam - - and of the norms of civilized society !

The Sultan of Sulu and The Sultan of Sabah HM Sultan Muhammad Fuad A. Kiram I (current Lessor Landlord) expounds that if Malaysia wants to stay in Sabah lawfully, then Malaysia must pay the correct and proper amount of rent of US$3 Billion to US$3.6 Billion per year. If the rental payment is not acceptable, he proposes “Joint Administration” between the Sultan of Sulu and Sultan of Sabah and Malaysia to administer Sabah and all incomes are split co-equally, similar to the joint administration or “Condominium of France and Great Britain in Vanuatu” prior to Vanuatu's independence.

Income to be derived from Sabah rent or Joint Administration will be used to develop Sulu to uplift the welfare of the Sulu people such as roads, hospitals, medicines, education, peace and order, etc. The correct rent payment by Malaysia to the Sultanate of Sulu and/or the Joint Administration of Sabah will be the solution to the Sabah issue. In any Joint Administration the Sultanate of Sulu will insist that 50% of the earnings will be for Sabah people social and economic developments and 25% each for Malaysia and the Sultanate of Sulu.

If the rental payment or Joint Administration is not acceptable then Malaysia must vacate Sabah and return Sabah to the lawful owners – the people of the Sultanate of Sulu. These are three (3) options available to resolve the Sabah illegal occupation by Malaysia.

1878 DEED OF SABAH LEASE/ RENTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN
THE SULTAN OF SULU & SABAH (AS LESSOR) AND A BRITISH
COMPANY (AS TENANT) BUT MALAYSIA OCCUPIED SABAH
ILLEGALLY IN 1963 WITHOUT CONSENT BY
THE SULTAN OF SULU & SABAH



HM SULTAN MUHAMMAD FUAD ABDULLA KIRAM I,
THE SULTAN OF SULU & THE SULTAN OF SABAH, APPEALS
TO END ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF SABAH BY MALAYSIA



The Sultan of Sulu and The Sultan of Sabah prays for the good people of Sabah to recognize and know that Sabah belongs to The Sultan of Sulu and The Sultan of Sabah and the Sultanate of Sulu as lawful owners, and that Malaysia illegally occupied Sabah since 1963. He appeals to the good people of Sabah and the fair-minded leaders of the international community to end the Malaysian illegal occupation and return Sabah to its lawful owners, so that roads, hospitals, electricity plants, schools, drinking water supply system and other basic services can be realized in Sulu. Out of 18 towns of Sulu province alone, only the town of Jolo has cursory power and water and some roads, but all the 17 towns of Sulu lack these services and infrastructures depriving the people of their basic needs that have been existing for many many years that must be urgently resolved.

HM Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram I representing the people of the Sultanate of Sulu being the lawful owners of Sabah comment that, in the event of successful Sabah recovery from Malaysia, the Royal Family and the Sultanate of Sulu will not drive anyone out of Sabah, be it may Malaysians, Tamils, Indians, Chinese, Filipinos, Tausugs, Australians, Europeans, Americans, or other nationalities, etc.

HM Sultan Muhammad Fuad I further states that any investor or any developer who put their investment capital in Sabah will not be dispossessed of their investment, and that the rule of law will be upheld, with no distinction of any kind, such as race, color, language, gender, religion, political or other opinion, social origin, property, birth or other status, etc.

HM Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram I further envisions that one day the nations of the international community will finally intervene to force the departure of Malaysia in Sabah, as the illegal land grabbing and unlawful occupation of Sabah by Malaysia dispossessing the poor people of the Sultanate of Sulu of their Sabah land ownership, cannot be condoned and tolerated forever by good nations and peoples who believe in natural justice and in a fair and just society, as the acts of illegal occupation of Sabah by Malaysia are against the rule of law.


SMALL CESSION MONEY OR RENTAL MONEY OF USD1,500
A YEAR FROM MALAYSIAN EMBASSY IN THE PHILIPPINES


*NOTE:

The meaning of "Cession Money", in International Law, is the payment of a sovereign government to another sovereign government for the cession of a certain landed territory.

Since Malaysia, a sovereign government, pays the nine (9) heirs of the Sultan of Sulu & Sabah who are private individuals (and not sovereign government), therefore, the annual money paid by Malaysia through its Embassy in Manila is not cession money but "Rental Money" to Sabah/ North Borneo which Malaysia illegally occupied since 1963 to this day.

Thus, in view of the above, we state that the illegal occupation of Sabah by Malaysia must stop and that Sabah must be returned to the lawful owners -- the people of the Sultanate of Sulu.


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  GENEALOGY & SUCCESSION BASED ON LAW OF SUCCESSION OF THE KINGLY FAMILY OF THE ROYAL HASHEMITE SULTANS OF SULU & SABAH: HM Sultan Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram I is the most capable and most suitable member of the Royal blood line as per Law of Succession of the Royal House of Sulu and Sabah and is the legitimate and lawful Royal Hashemite Sultan of Sulu and Sabah. HM Sultan Muhammad Fuad A. Kiram I is the brother of the late HM Sultan Mahakuttah Abdulla Kiram (Sultan 1974-1986) and son of the late HM Sultan Muhammad Esmail E. Kiram I (Sultan 1947-1973), who gave the power of attorney to Philippine Pres. Diosdado Macapagal in 1962 then to Philippine Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos in 1969 for the Philippine Government to recover Sabah. His grandfather was HM Sultan Mawallil Wasit Kiram, successor to his brother HM Sultan Jamalul Kiram II (Sultan 1893-1936), childless, who died of poisoning. HM Sultan Mawallil Wasit Kiram ruled only for six (6) months due to death by poisoning in 1936, whereupon the throne was inherited by his first-born son HM Sultan Muhammad Esmail E. Kiram I. The father of HM Jamalul Kiram II was HM Sultan Jamalul Ahlam Kiram who leased North Borneo (Sabah) to a British Company in 1878. HRH Prince Ezzarhaddon A. Kiram is the Crown Prince of the Royal Hashemite Sultanate of Sabah and is known as the Prince of Kota Kinabalu while his brother HRH Prince Al-mezzheer A. Kiram is the Crown Prince of the Royal Hashemite Sultanate of Sulu and is known as the Prince of Jolo.  
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