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More recently, Saidatul Nornis Haji Mahali (1997) did a comparative lexical and phonological study between WC Bajau and East Coast Bajau (‘Bajau Laut’), as well as a morphological description of WC Bajau (2002). Mohamad Said Hinayat (2003) compiled a glossary which compared words from several Bajaw-Sama languages, including WC Bajau words from Kota Belud. 21 The question mark reveals some uncertainty since (as mentioned above) the ‘instrument’ affix peN- could be interpreted as a voice construction.

The fleet of Johore warriors which escorted her was attacked by the Bruneians. The Johore princess was captured and married off to the ruler of Brunei. The Johore warriors could not return to Johore because they had failed in their mission. So some of them settled along the west coast of Borneo, while others became sea wanderers known as Bajau Laut (‘Sea Bajau’). If the Brunei ruler mentioned above is to be identified with the first Sultan of Brunei (Sultan Muhamad), as has been suggested, this initial Bajau migration could have occurred in the latter part of the 14th century (Hamzah 1995:3, 5).

2 on pg. ) Kota Belud is home to the greatest number of WC Bajau speakers of any district in Sabah. 10 Kota Belud is the cultural heartland of the WC Bajau, or so it is regarded by the Bajau living there. 1 Historical background It is not certain when the WC Bajau initially settled in Kota Belud, but their presence here has been documented since Spenser St. John wrote about them in the 1850s and 1860s (Yap 1995:2). Prior to British colonial rule, which began in Sabah in the 1880s, the WC Bajau were (like the Kadazandusun and Brunei-Malay communities) under the nominal rule of the Brunei sultanate.

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