Malaysia seeks hotline with Philippines on Sabah


MANILA, Philippines – Malaysia wants to establish a “hotline” between its security forces and that of the Philippines to prevent a repeat of the standoff in Lahad Datu, Sabah last year between over 200 Filipino militants and Malaysian troops.

The Filipino militants, who called themselves the royal security forces of the sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo, went to Lahad Datu to assert the Philippines’ territorial claim to eastern Sabah.

Scores of people were hurt when Malaysian authorities cracked down on undocumented aliens following the standoff.

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