Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that Malaysia will defend the sovereignty of Sabah and will not bow to any claims by anyone
He was referring to a recent move by the Philippines to include a map of Sabah in its passports.
"Recently, there was a statement by the Philippines on how it wanted to draw out a new map, which among others, to be included in its passport… I am going to make this short, we will not bow to this claim, Sabah remains in Malaysia, Sabah is part of Malaysia," said the Prime Minister.
Muhyiddin is on his maiden visit to Sabah next month's state snap election and was speaking at the Sabah International Convention Centre in Kota Kinabalu today, 29 August.
The Prime Minister said that Malaysia remains steadfast in its stand not to compromise on any issues pertaining to Sabah's sovereignty and will defend the Borneo state at all costs.
"We will fight to defend Sabah to the very end"
He expressed the government's firm stand on Sabah, which he said is an integral part of our country.
"There should not be any attempt to bring Sabah out of Malaysia, or attempt by anyone to claim Sabah as part of their region. We will never allow that and we will fight to defend Sabah to the very end," he said.
"Let there be no attempt to pull Sabah out of Malaysia and let there also be no attempt by non-Malaysians to claim Sabah as part of their territory. We will never proceed with that, we will fight to defend Sabah."
Last month, the Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr had claimed that "Sabah is not in Malaysia":