Kidnappings off Sabah not the whole story, says academic

The solution lies in development of the impoverished region of Mindanao, says B. A. Hamzah, adding that chiefs in the southern Philippines have been involved in criminal activities for centuries.
KOTA KINABALU: The idea that kidnappings-for-ransom take place in Sabah to make money misses the forest for the trees, according to a lecturer at the Department of Strategic Studies, National Defence University, Kuala Lumpur.
“The root causes for maritime violence must be understood and addressed,” said lecturer B. A. Hamzah in an op-ed in Eurasia Review.
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