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'Genuine pressures': Malaysia's oil-rich Borneo states utilize muscles

As Malaysia commended its 56th birthday celebration a month ago, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad tended to the Southeast Asian country's two socially particular and progressively self-assured Borneo conditions of Sabah and Sarawak, a two-hour trip over the South China Sea from the seat of government in Putrajaya. 






The veteran lawmaker discussed Malaysia as "one major family" and said the administration was focused on inspecting the usage of the 1963 Malaysia Agreement that set up the new country of Malaysia. 

As a sign of the government's responsibility, the islands of Sipadan and Ligitan, would be come back to Sabah's control, he included. 

"We trust the individuals and pioneers of these two states can see the assurance and truthfulness of the government to put Sabah and Sarawak as accomplices with the Malay landmass," Mahathir said. 

Over 50 years after Sabah and Sarawak joined Singapore and the-then nation of Malaya to frame Malaysia (the city state was …