Friday, 23 May 2008

Pedra Branca belongs to Singapore

The ICJ has just now ruled that Pedra Branca / Pulau Batu Puteh belongs to Singapore. However, the maritime feature called Middle Rocks has been ruled in favour of Malaysia. The status of the third feature, a tidal elevation called South Ledge (visible only at low tide) is still open-ended.

In the almost two-hour reading of the judgement, the President of the Court Judge Al-Khasawneh, elaborated on various observations and considerations of both parties arguements.

If I was to put it simply on why we lost, it was because Malaysia did not show any objections or disputed Singapore's actions on the island or show any interest in claiming the island throughout the period from when the Horsburgh lighthouse was built in 1851 to until 1979.

Just goes to show that silence is not always golden...

Anyway, I wish to thank the Malaysian team, headed by Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Mohamad for putting in a brilliant effort in presenting Malaysia's case.

Hope we learn something from this.

Update 25 May 2008 : My related comment on Rocky's Bru, here.

Update 31 May 2008 : Opinion of a former Ambassador, here.

5 comments:

AL Ho said...

Saudara,

TQ for an interesting post to aid citizenry thinking.

May I publish an extract of your post in my website
http://mylivingwall.com and direct my readers to read your full post.

fyi, we publish selected blog posts of the day to help give multi perspective viewpoints to our readers.

Thank you.

mylivingwall.com

Kerajaan Rakyat said...

Perbicaraan tuntutan Pulau Batu Putih yang terletak 7.7 batu nautika dari Johor dan 25 batu nautika dari Singapura itu adalah hanya sandiwara untuk menutup kelalaian, kealpaan, kebebalan dan kedurjanaan pemimpin Melayu dan Pemangku Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Johor yang berkhidmat pada tahun 1953.

Aku mempunyai segala asas untuk mengatakan mereka telah dengan lalai dan relahati menyerahkan kedaulatan Pulau Batu Putih kepada Singaparu.

http://kerajaanrakyat.blogspot.com/

Oldstock said...

-> al ho, by all means, feel free to link. Thanks for visiting.

-> kerajaanrakyat, PBP telah diserah kpd Singapura sejak dulu lagi. Pada saya, bukan salah Pemangku Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Johor yg menulis surat pada tahun 1953 sebab pada masa tu, kerajaan Johor memang tak kisah pun pasal seketul batu di tengah laut. Yang pentingnya ialah, apa yg perlu kita lakukan sekarang?

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fie the elf said...

Nyeh. I think malaysia didn't try hard enough.