Singapore to study new facts over Pulau Batu Puteh ownership

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

Singapore has reportedly said it will study the documents brought forth by Malaysia as part of the latter’s application to the International Court of Justice to revise its judgement on ownership of the island of Pulau Batu Puteh (Pedra Branca).

Channel NewsAsia reported late Saturday that Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said he had seen the documents and that a legal team would study the documents and respond accordingly.

Shanmugam said Malaysia would have to satisfy a number of conditions before the court, according to the report.

“Among them are that there are new facts and that the new facts that have been found would have made … a decisive difference and the precise legal scope would have to be clarified,” he was quoted as saying.

“Looking at it from that perspective, I’m wondering what are the new facts n those documents and how they would have made any difference to the case or ill make any difference,” he reportedly said.

The new facts which prompted Malaysia to apply for a revision of the ICJ uling on Pulau Batu Puteh were found in three documents discovered in the National Archives of the United Kingdom.

The ICJ, in a press release on its website on Friday, said the documents included an internal correspondence of the Singapore colonial authorities in 1958, an incident report filed in 1958 by a British naval officer and an annotated map of naval operations from the 1960s.

The documents were discovered in the National Archives between Aug 4, 2016, and Jan 30, 2017, it said.

Malaysia filed its application on Thursday for revision of the judgment. –Bernama

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