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Published: Thursday December 5, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday December 5, 2013 MYT 6:57:42 AM

Noor Farida: Statutory declaration a load of rubbish

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, who acted as co-agent in the Pulau Batu Puteh case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), has rubbished the statutory declaration by a former Kuala Lumpur CID chief about the Attorney-General’s role in the case.

“The contents of the Statutory Declaration (SD) are a load of rubbish by someone who obviously has not read the judgment or understood it,” she said yesterday.

Former CID chief Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim was reported to have made an SD accusing Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail of taking a bribe to ensure the Malaysian legal team lost.

Noor Farida explained that it was a “win-win situation” for both Malaysia and Singapore because the ICJ awarded Pulau Batu Puteh to Singapore and Middle Rocks to Malaysia.

She said the court found that the Sultanate of Johor had the original title over Pulau Batu Puteh but ultimately decided that through Malaysia’s conduct, it lost the title to the island between 1851, when the Horsburgh lighthouse was built by Singapore, and 1980 when the dispute arose over the title.

Referring to Mat Zain’s allegation that Malaysia lost its claim on Pulau Batu Puteh due to a wrong photograph of the location of the island submitted by Abdul Gani in the proceedings, Noor Farida, who was Malaysia’s ambassador to the Netherlands at that time, said, “The photograph was inconsequential. The decision did not revolve around the photograph.

“I am puzzled by the allegations of bribery, which are nonsensical and totally without foundation.

“It was not possible for anyone to be bribed because all the decisions pertaining to the preparation and conduct of the case were collective decisions.”

Noor Farida clarified that Wisma Putra headed the team and not the Attorney-General, and that former Wisma Putra secretary-general Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Mohamad was Malaysia’s agent for the case at the ICJ.

“All relevant government agencies were represented on the team, including the A-G’s Chambers, and we also had a legal team of four international lawyers who were some of the best in the business,” she said.

Tags / Keywords: Courts & Crime, press statement, johor issue

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