KOTA KINABALU: A repository of historical events in Sabah, including its relationship to the defunct Sultanate of Sulu, is finally taking shape under the aegis of the state’s Institute of Development Studies (IDS).
IDS Director General Dr. Ramzah Dambul (Photo) said the process of establishing the Research Center for North Borneo History (RCNBH) under the IDS has begun, with a committee to formally establish the repository.
The pro-tem members included people who have worked on Sabah’s historical archives for years, he added.
“In terms of document collection, this is already in place with our pro-tem members who have worked for so many years (for their own benefit).
“Now the issue is to establish a proper repository to house all the material, and also support the consolidation of this effort under one umbrella to have more impact,” Ramzah said when contacted. yesterday.
He said the RCNBH could take around three or six months and would need approval from the chief minister’s department and the cabinet.
Ramzah said the RCNBH would not be a ‘simple’ repository for all our documents, but would also be a platform to bring together all activities leading up to the issue of Sulu’s claim through research and exchange. ideas, among others.
“We are also bringing all the experts together in this center – so the perspective will be stronger and more precise,” he added.
The state’s local government and housing minister, Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, recently suggested that the IDS house the North Borneo depot, as the Sabah attorney general’s office was reluctant.
Sabah Law Society (SLS) has lobbied the state government to set up a repository that will establish a proper and documented perspective of Sabah’s history as it relates to the Sultanate of Sulu for government reference federal.
SLS Chairman Roger Chin initially pushed for a legal repository under Sabah AGC that would have a full history and legal arguments of all international cases related to Sabah’s claims.
The filing proposal came after SLS recently hosted an online discussion on the Philippines/Sulu claims, where speakers included former Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas, Singapore-based Queen’s Counsel Dr Colin Ong and former Chief Minister of Sabah Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee.
The webinar highlighted that the collection of information, including crucial historical information, was haphazard and spread across disparate individuals.
Thomas had also said that when he was AG, he was unaware of certain historical documents when dealing with the federal government’s case against the so-called Sulu heirs.
Sabah does not recognize Sulu’s claim.