SEMPORNA, Malaysia — Each year in Semporna on the east coast of Borneo the Bajau people hold their boat annual boat festival. The festival is colourful and the people use this to highlight their maritime skills. The government also used the 2010 festival to highlight their military skills.The show of force was meant to intimidate locals who have extensive connections with local prates and members of the Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyha terrorist outfit in Indonesia and the Southern Philippines.
FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Beijing’s claims to nearly all of the South China Sea are now embossed in new Chinese passports and official maps. Chinese leaders and foreign ministry spokespersons insist with increasing truculence that […]
ASIAWATCH — A memorial to honour Allied troops who died fighting to liberate North Borneo from Japanese occupation towards the end of World War II was unveiled in Sandakan on Sunday. Luke Hunt reports. Listen […]