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This paper discusses the Labuk River as an historical extension of the Sulu State on East Coast Sabah on the eve of Chartered Company rule. The author reconstructs the chiefdom from bottom-up, supplementing fragmentary archival records with oral traditions and political theory. The author shows how pioneering Company officers began to take an interest in the local politics on the Labuk River in the late 19th century. Even from their outlandish perspective and even in the time of the abject decline of the Sulu Sultanate, the Labuk River looked nothing like a political vacuum. The paper reaffirms what we have long known: that the Sulu Sultanate was not just a myth but a historical reality on East Coast Sabah.  The paper discusses the dynamics of the Sulu Chiefdom of the Labuk River and how it would have most likely functioned prior to the fall of the Sulu State.

Speaker profile: Sanen Marshall, PhD Nottingham is US Fulbright Scholar (2017) and a UK Chevening Scholar (1997) and has published a number of research articles on ethnic groups in Sabah society including those pertaining to some aspects of Kadazandazan history and culture, and on the issue of the statelessness of the Bajau Laut. 

Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2019

Time: 8.00 pm

Venue: The Secretariat, Damai Plaza, Luyang

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