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THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA
IN RESPONSE TO THE STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
OF THE PHILIPPINES (ON 4 SEPTEMBER 2019)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia unequivocally rejects the statement of His Excellency Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr., Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines, concerning the State of Sabah, Malaysia at the Budget Briefing of the Committee on Appropriation, on 4 September 2019.
Malaysia does not recognise and will never entertain any claims by any party on Sabah. The State of Sabah is an integral part of Malaysia. This fact has been duly recognized and accepted by the United Nations and the international community since the formation of the Federation of Malaysia on 16 September 1963. Therefore, any statements alluding to or insinuating the anachronistic claims will be rejected as unfriendly towards Malaysia.
Malaysia accords great importance and high value to its relations with the Republic of the Philippines, bilaterally and as partners in the ASEAN, as well as other regional and international organisations. The Malaysia-Philippines relationship that continues to expand and bring mutual benefits to the two countries and the respective peoples certainly does not deserve such unfriendly and harmful comments.
8 September 2019