Malaysia will not entertain compensation claims from any party involving Sabah –PM Ismail

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PUTRAJAYA MAR 18: The government of Malaysia will not entertain claims from any party involving Sabah as it has been recognised by the United Nations (UN) and the international community as part of the Federation of Malaysia since 16th September 1963.

Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the government of Malaysia looks at the national sovereignty issue seriously including the sovereignty and oneness of the state of Sabah in Malaysia.

“The demand from the party who claims to be the heirs of “Sultan Sulu” (Sultan Jamalul Kiram II) from the government of Malaysia through an international arbitration is not valid and has breached the laws.

“This was due to the appointment of arbitrator Dr. Gonzalo Stampa had been cancelled by the Madrid High Court on 29th June 2021 that caused all the decisions released by Dr. Gonzalo Stampa were invalid including the Final Award released on 28th February 2022,” Ismail said in a statement here today.

The statement added, even though the appointment of Dr. Stampa had been cancelled but he had put aside the decision of the Madrid High Court and transferred the arbitration to Parris, France and continued with the proceeding until he took out the Final Award.

“To ensure the sovereignty and the Malaysian interests are protected, the government has filed an application to cancel the Final Award on 3rd March 2022 at the court in Paris.

“This is to ensure the Final Award could not be enforced by the claimant at any time and in any country demanding Malaysia to pay compensation amounting to AS$14.9 billion or RM62.59 billion as claimed.

“In this regards the government of Malaysia is committed to solve and finalise the issue thoroughly,” Ismail reiterated.

Ismail emphasized that Malaysia will not move even an inch in guarding and protecting the sovereignty of the country and Sabah’s position in Malaysia will be defended forever. –Malaysia World News

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