‘Sulu princess wants islands’ (1932)

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The Sultanate of Sulu tried hard in their struggle to contain further Western political influence in Sulu Sea area in spite of the latter’s recognition of the royal family’s links to the region. The struggle went even further to salvage the last but very small tracts of islands in Sulu Sea which were thought to be excluded from the treaty that affected Turtle Islands back into the royal family’s control. Led by Princess Dayang Dayang Piandao, the sister of the-then Sultan Jamalul-Kiram II, she may thought claiming back those islands were worth proceeding. But as this newspaper here reported, “…the Stimson treaty was carefully drawn to settle the ownership of the maze of islets dotting the Sulu sea.”

Article source: Spokane Daily Chronicle, 30 March 1932

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Versi Bahasa Malaysia

Kesultanan Sulu cuba sedaya upaya berjuang untuk menyekat pengaruh politik Barat di kawasan laut Sulu meskipun pihak Barat mengiktiraf hubungan yang terjalin di antara keluarga diraja itu dengan rantau tersebut. Perjuangan tersebut berterusan sehingga di tahap di mana mereka sanggup menyelamatkan beberapa pulau-pulau kecil di laut Sulu yang pada masa itu dianggap tidak termasuk dalam satu perjanjian yang melibatkan gugusan kepulauan Penyu untuk kembali ke pemerintahan mereka itu. Diketuai oleh puteri Dayang Dayang Piandao, adik kepada Sultan Jamalul-Kiram II, dia beranggapan bahawa menuntut kembali hak pemerintahan kerajaan Sulu ke atas pulau-pulau tersebut wajar diteruskan. Namun, sebagaimana yang dilaporkan di petikan akhbar di sini, “…Perjanjian Stimson dirangka secara terperinci untuk menyelesaikan hak milik pulau-pulau yang bertebaran di laut Sulu.”

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