26 November 2015
Seminar on Borneo Studies “‘Brunei and Malaysia: Borders and Boundaries’ by Prof. Victor T. King, Emeritus Professor at the University of Leeds, UK, and a Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
 
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Seminar on Borneo Studies “‘Brunei and Malaysia: Borders and Boundaries’ by Prof. Victor T. King, Emeritus Professor at the University of Leeds, UK, and a Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Currently he is also an Adjunct Professor at Chiang Mai University.

Date and time: 26 November 2015 at 13.30-16.30

Venue: 4th Floor meeting room, Operational Building, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University

 

About the seminar ‘Brunei and Malaysia: Borders and Boundaries’

The presentation situates the relations between Brunei and Malaysia within the context of the maritime or island states of Southeast Asia and the development of ASEAN and a regional dimension to the interaction between the constituent nation-states. Although there has been a range of severe political and economic crises in the maritime states primarily, though not exclusively in the immediate pre-independence period and during the early years of independence, these have been addressed and the principle of reciprocity and inter-state stability and harmony has been established.  Nevertheless, maritime Southeast Asia has faced a number of significant border and boundary issues and disputes, none of which have been finally and firmly resolved. They have been put to one side in the spirit of negotiated cooperation. Using the case study of Brunei and its changing relations with the neighbouring Malaysian Borneo states of Sarawak and Sabah, and with brief reference to relations with Indonesian Kalimantan, it is argued that the largely fortuitous regeneration of the sultanate of Brunei, based on oil and gas wealth, has produced a set of interesting cross-border interactions, and the development on a modest scale of a Brunei economic dominance of the affairs of communities in Malaysian Borneo in close proximity to the Malaysian-Brunei border.