The Impact of Filipino Muslim Ethnic Migration into Sabah on ASEAN Integration
Ibnor Azli Ibrahim1, Mohd Nur Hidayat Hasbollah Hajimin2, Ezad Azraai Jamsari3, Badlihisham Mohd Nasir4, Mohd Hafiz Safiai5
1Ibnor Azli Ibrahim (Corresponding Author), Centre for Contemporary Fiqh and Syariah Compliance, Faculty of Islamic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, UKM Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.
2Mohd Nur Hidayat Hasbollah Hajimin, Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
3Ezad Azraai Jamsari, Centre for the Middle East and Nusantara, Faculty of Islamic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600, UKM Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.
4Badlihisham Mohd Nasir, Academy of Islamic Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UTM Skudai, Johor, Malaysia.
5Mohd Hafiz Safiai, Centre for Contemporary Fiqh and Syariah Compliance, Faculty of Islamic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, UKM Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.
Manuscript received on 22 August 2019. | Revised Manuscript received on 12 September 2019. | Manuscript published on 30 September 2019. | PP: 369-372 | Volume-8 Issue-11, September 2019. | Retrieval Number: K13540981119/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijitee.K1354.0981119
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Abstract: Migration among ASEAN countries is not new and Sabah is one of the states in Malaysia that faces this phenomenon. Even prior to independence, Sabah had already been receiving immigrants from ASEAN countries. This study aims at analysing Muslim ethnic migration from the Philippines into Sabah and its impact onto ASEAN integration. This study was qualitatively conducted using content analysis instrument and found that the migration has created a multi-ethnic Muslim community in Sabah, making Sabah as an exemplary multi-ethnic state where the different ethnics can live in harmony. Indirectly, Sabah can become a model to other ASEAN countries which have a multiracial population. This is in line with the desirable declaration to form the ASEAN Community. Simultaneously, Sabah can become a link or medium that foster ASEAN inter-member relations, especially between the Philippines and Malaysia in line with the ASEAN community integration agenda.
Keywords: Migration, ethnicity, Filipino Muslims, Sabah, integration, ASEAN.
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