It’s been quite a busy news day in the UK, so it’s perhaps not surprising that there’s not a lot of coverage of what’s going on in North Borneo. But for anyone who thought that the story of The White Rajah belonged to a completely different age, it might be worth checking out who the Sultan of Sulu is.
The Sultanate of Sulu was founded in 1457, but it’s a long time since it was recognised as an independent state. The old Sultanates are obviously just part of history, irrelevant to the 21st century. Except that, on 11 February 2013, over 200 Filipinos arrived in Sabah state to reclaim it on behalf of the Sultanate.
This all sounds like a protest that could be safely ignored, and for almost a month, the Malaysian government did their best to ignore it. Then, this morning, fighter jets, infantry and armour went in.
So, over 150 years after James Brooke gained Sarawak in a war between different factions in Borneo’s ruling elite, the fighting continues.
For more information, check out http://www.interaksyon.com/article/56376/malaysia-launches-massive-assault-vs-sulu-sultanates-followers-in-lahad-datu