Malaysia too wants peace in Panatag Shoal


Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Photo by Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Malaysia supports the Philippines’ call for a “peaceful resolution” of its dispute with China over the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) in accordance with international law.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak stated his country’s position on the issue during a meeting on Tuesday with Vice President Jejomar Binay, according to Joey Salgado, Binay’s media officer and spokesperson.

“The two leaders only talked about the Panatag Shoal issue,” and not the six-nation conflict over the Spratlys group of islands, also in the West Philippine Sea, said Salgado, who is part of the Vice President’s delegation on his official trip to Malaysia.

In a text message to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Salgado quoted the Malaysian prime minister as expressing support for a “multilateral solution” to the conflict.

The Philippines and Malaysia are among the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), which also groups Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, Burma (Myanmar), Laos and Cambodia.

Four of them—the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam—are claiming ownership of the Spratlys group of islands, along with China and Taiwan.

In an address Tuesday before the Philippines-Malaysia Investment Partnership Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Binay urged Malaysia to “lend its wise counsel to the other parties” involved in the West Philippine Sea disputes.

“In the South China Sea, a broad regional approach to the problem awaits the wisdom and creativity of those interested in the permanent tranquility and stability of our international sea lanes,” Binay said.

“Malaysia, although also a claimant to the Spratlys, has not been drawn actively into any maritime incident, and could probably lend its wise counsel to the other parties,” he said.

Binay referred to the West Philippine Sea issues and the Muslim insurgency in Mindanao as among the “important hurdles” that the Philippines and Malaysia need to overcome.

“They are critical not only to our two countries but to the region as well,” he said.

Binay pointed out that Malaysia had been active as the third-country facilitator in the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

In his remarks, Binay also invited Malaysian investors to “enter into joint ventures with their Filipino counterparts on housing development and mass housing.”

He appealed to Filipino and Malaysian businessmen to continue talking about joint ventures, “guided by the Filipinos’ bayanihan spirit and the Malaysian gotong royong of working together.”

“It makes more sense for our economies to try to grow simultaneously together. I believe we are already headed in that direction,” he said.

Binay was also scheduled to call Tuesday on former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Salgado said.

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  • AFPako

    We are of Indo Malayan stock and bloodline as what our history books say so. The Malaysians on the other hand are busog na sa yaman . So naturaly they dont war and troubles in their midst . They will sing the song of siding with us but real truth was, they stole Sabah from us courtesy of the Brits. THey have plenty of oil in Sabah after they inherited it from their masters the Brits who arbitrarily remapping countries at will.. Our dispute with Sabah ownership is one example and we should be continueing to demand for  their return . We should nt  be friends with these  thieves who were lackey s of thieves (the Brits).  We are always at a losing end even to this day, pucha talaga. Nauuna na ang mga taga Malaysia sa atin in terms of wealth and economic devt because of the dirty Brits.   The Brits has always been the source of troubles eversince they stolen lands and remapped them to their whims and caprices. From Falklands Is from Argentina, to the McMahon line causing the border wars with India and China , the border wars in Jammu and Kashmir by India and Pakistan, the division of Palestine and many more . Imperial UK the source of world troubles. Now they are playing like they are clean as a whistle and sounding righteous when back then they were thieves and users of men in huge proportions. Mga Malaysians, isauli ninyo ang Sabah ! Dapat yung oil revenues sa Pinas na yan.

    • daniboy2012

      Thats my boy..AFP you are back to your senses, welcome back bro. Napahanga mo ko alam mo rin pala to. I have been in Malaysia many times in: kuala lumpur,sepangar and  kotakinabalo, sabah…they are indeed wealthy, I have seen alot of our kababayan in kota, they have businesses…inasmuch I enjoy my vacation there… it does strike my mind with anger..THIS LAND IS OURS and they are enjoying their stolen bounty.  Malaysian will not raise a finger or rally with us in Panatag Shoal…they know once we became great militarily..they are next. We will take back Sabah.  As for the Brits..all white race are of the Devil…europeans cause so much destruction, confusion, wars, slavery and all sort of evil on the planet. They are full of deceptions and lies…they use false religions and ideologies to conquer gentle natives. Pre’ na stress moko don ah…ano ba iinumin natin mamya at anong pulutan. Isda nanaman…kilawin tuna sige ok yan.

      • AFPako

        Huwag munang tuna pare koy , baka ma radiactive ang atay natin . Latest news na yung Fukushima disaster ay isang dahilan ang bluefin ay contaminated. Mag roundeyed scad  lang muna.

      • daniboy2012

        oo nga nasa news nga….pero pre matibay tibay naman ang atay natin dyan….eh gin bulag kaya nga…..pero sige roundeyed scad muna…wala bang local na alak dyan sa palawan?

      • AFPako

        pare koy, gusto mong pagi (stingray)? Marami dyan dito.

      • Marko

         Bakit mag papainom ka ba? sarap yan pulutan…

    • boyfarmer

       Your problem with Sabah is that the people there grew up and think they are Malaysians, they will chose to be Malaysians so how can you get back Sabah when natural born residents there are Muslims and Malaysians? they wont chose to be governed by Catholic  Philippines as they are Muslims. Sabah is lost due to historical error of past leaders specially during Spanish times. Though I think the Malaysian government is willing to settle proprietary rights with the Sultanate of Sulu. To insist on re-claiming Sabah would be war no less that with hundred of thousands of people who were born in Sabah. They will think Philippines as invaders. They will reject you, Sabah is lost.

      With regards to Falklands, the resident there also voted and chose to be British.

      • daniboy2012

        Boy….stay on your farm. Philippines will claim it again in due for the malaysians they know it not theirs ,thats why they are paying rent to the heir of Sultanate of Sulu…Catholics won’t governed will be our Muslim brothers….you sound like a greedy brits, the devil race.

      • avmphil

        Tama na: The British played the ‘divide and control” game. The Kadazans make a large majority of indigenous peoples domiciled in Sabah for centuries. The Christainization of the Kadazan group kept the status quo with others until WW2.When Malaysia was muted to incorporate Sabah and Sarawak, there was total dissention. It was the British who manipulated and swayed these peoples. One major factor has to be understood: Indonesia was totally against this amalgamation and the Philippines too. After generations of bloodline being diluted and the great divide: RELIGION, Sabah is lost forever as far as the Philippines is concerned. We have to take cue from many other countries in the midst of similar situation. Hence these are the reasons Malaysia, did NOT voice its support in the last 50 odd days we are embroiled with China, but now. And this too came after Mrs.Clinton blamed Beijing for a series of “misdemeanor” in the West Philippines Sea. However, this moral support by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is welcome.

      • AFPako

        Hahhaha, dont trust the Malaysians. THey have this superiority complex inherited from their former limey masters. Ive talked to some Malaysians and they have a very poor impression of us. When i tried to mention Sabah, they right away cut me short and said its part of Malaysia.  SO i avoid the topic but at least i tried to see how they react. 
        Sana nga talaga nasa atin ang Sabah, napaka yaman sa oil . Diyos ko po ! At kung isipin natin yung panahon na gustong kukunin ni Makoy at the same time frame we were embroiled in  war with the MNLF forces in Sulu. In fact the Phil Marines and Navy ships  were doing naval bombardments sometime in early 70s. Besides our relations with our own muslim population wasnt cozy to say the least . We killed many of them and at the same time we re trying to claim Sabah bec of some Sultanate ‘s real estate, was just absurb.  Many muslim in Mindanao were also marginalized and relations between Christian s and them were getting more sour.

  • linoca

    Nagpapagamit kayo sa grupo ni Binay.  Nagkaroon ba ng joint statement o KWENTUHAN lang yan.  Wala na sanang  PALUSOT.  TAMA  NA.

    • daniboy2012

      beso beso lang.

  • IanAlera

    BOYCOTT EVERYTHING made in China – people, products, language.

    People let us fight back, and take control of our economy from these chinese.

    BUY LOCAL, support local industries. The Philippine government should
    make it a priority to source primarily from Philippine suppliers, and
    from friendly countries.

    • daniboy2012

      Not just BOYCOTT…throw and burn ‘em!!! they’re poison anyway.

  • Hero

    kick all chinese nationals out including immigrants/natural born fil-chinese who doesn’t have filipino surnames and maiden names! kick also the NPA/communists out and send them to their comrades in china!

  • joboni96

    asean members can easily
    fix their claims’ boundaries
    in the asean sea

    asean can respect
    taiwan’s occupied islands

    then face tsina
    as 1 block
    with the support of
    japan and sokor

    tsina has to be assured of
    commercial access to the
    asean sea resources

    but not seagrab

  • Hero

    Laughing on the internet…how juvenile…You want to kick yourself and you even enjoy it?! Bring your whole family along with you!

  • daniboy2012

    Hero…na offend mo si pulangkokak…eh ka tsikahan nya yung mga sisipain mo kase eh.

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