Malaysia-Singapore diplomatic ties not affected by review of decision

Feb 5, 2017
The island of Pedra Branca or Pulau Batu Puteh sits at the entrance to the Singapore Strait about 30km east of the city state and 15km off peninsular Malaysia’s southern coast on Jan 6, 2003. Photo by Reuters
The island of Pedra Branca or Pulau Batu Puteh sits at the entrance to the Singapore Strait about 30km east of the city state and 15km off peninsular Malaysia’s southern coast on Jan 6, 2003. Photo by Reuters

Diplomatic relations with Singapore will not be affected although the government has filed an application for a review of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision on the sovereignty over Pulau Batu Puteh (Pedra Branca), Batuan Tengah (Middle Rocks) and Tubir Selatan.

Foreign Deputy Minister Reezal Merican Naina Merican said Malaysia was a nation which always abided by the principles of international laws.

He said the application for review being submitted too, was based on the correct law because it could be done in 10 years after the final decision was made by the ICJ in 2008.

“We bring (the Pulau Batu Puteh case) to the ICJ because it cannot be done unilaterally, we take it mutually and this is a normal matter and like the previous decision given by the ICJ in favour of Singapore, did not result in deterioration of (our) relationship…in fact, our trade ties went up.

“(However) The government will never let go any single possibility to defend our sovereignty because it is paramount to us. We will fight to maintain, defend and retain our sovereignty,” he added.

Reezal Merican was met by reporters in Kepala Batas today, after handing over schooling items and scholarship grants to 20 students in the Kepala Batas parliamentary constituency.

On Friday, Malaysia’s Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali, in a statement said Malaysia had filed an application for a review of the judgement of the ICJ on Pulau Batu Puteh, Batuan Tengah (Middle Rocks) and Tubir Selatan (South Ledge).

The application for review was filed at the ICJ, The Hague, Netherlands on Thursday, following the discovery of three documents at the National Archives of the United Kingdom. –Bernama