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Is Malaysia heading for ‘BorneoExit’? Why some in East Malaysia are advocating for secession

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Chin, J, Is Malaysia heading for BorneoExit'? Why some in East Malaysia are advocating for secession, The Conversation, Australia, 25 September 2020 (2020) [Newspaper Article]


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Abstract

Unity is a common theme every year on Malaysia Day, the holiday celebrated last week that marks the day Malaysia became a federation in 1963. That year, Britain agreed to relinquish control of most of its remaining colonies in Southeast Asia — Singapore, North Borneo (now called Sabah) and Sarawak. They then joined with Malaya, which had gained independence from Britain in 1957, to form a new nation called Federation of Malaysia.

The legal instrument to form the federation is called the Malaysia Agreement (MA63).

Yet, for the people of Sabah and Sarawak, located on the island of Borneo, the agreement left many with mixed emotions. Some people in these states have long desired secession and, in recent years, the drumbeat of separation has only grown louder.

This issue is now a key political issue in the Sabah state election this weekend and upcoming the Sarawak elections, which must be held before the end of 2021.

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Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:Malaysia, Borneo, Sabah, Sarawak
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Multicultural services
UTAS Author:Chin, J (Professor James Chin)
ID Code:141351
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Politics and International Relations
Deposited On:2020-10-16
Last Modified:2021-07-28
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