Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim is a Malaysian prominent historian and academician who is an expert in Malaysia studies.
(The Star) PETALING JAYA: The Sulu Sultanate cannot turn back the pages of history to reclaim Sabah, said prominent historian Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim.
If such a precedent was to be set, then Singapore should be returned to Johor and Penang to Kedah, he said.
“Their (Sulu Sultanate’s) claims are difficult to come to terms with as what has been accepted for such a long time cannot be changed,” he added.
“Even if the matter is taken to the International Court, Malaysia would have a better chance of winning as Sabah had been part of the country for a long time.”
Prof Khoo said that although the state was originally part of Sulu, the British North Borneo Company had taken control of North Borneo, now known as Sabah, in 1882.
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