Problems In Sabah
You may have heard that there was an INVASION, WAR or TERRORIST attack on Sabah. All these are untrue, the sources are out of date! And over dramatizing the situation…
In early Feb 2013 about 200 Filipinos landed on the East coast of Sabah, told a bermused village to leave and declared that Sabah belonged to them. Their claim goes back before the 2nd world war.. An invasion force of 2-300 against the Malaysian army of many 1000′s with tanks, planes and submarines!! It was ridiculous, the whole thing was considered to be a political stunt just before the Malaysian election.
People were describing it as “Lahad Datu” because basically that was the closest place with a name… The Filipinos landed 150km from LD, in a village 3 hours down the dirt the wrong side of Tabin wildlife reserve! About 350km from Semporna. The Malaysian government never stopped anybody from going to LD, or the buses from going through it or anything, which they would have done if there had been the slightest risk. The government here is almost cripplingly cautious about white people. All our volunteers and staff were on the island throughout the incident. We are still there, there is no risk and all the resorts are operating normally.
I think the last “incident” was at the beginning of March 2013. The Filipinos are all in jail in KK sentenced with invading. The villagers are all back in their village (they didn’t take any hostages). The only noticeable difference is that there are extra security patrols in the area, which has to be a good thing.
Things are sufficiently back to normal for the parliaments to have been dissolved in order that we can have a general election on 5th May…
Our professional opinion is that it has never been safer to be in this part of the world, come and visit and enjoy your vacation.