Govt must explain why it dropped appeal over Pulau Batu Puteh, says MCA

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  • Thursday, 07 Jun 2018

Datuk Chong Sin Woon. -Starpic

PETALING JAYA: The Pakatan Harapan Government owes an explanation as to why the long-running territorial dispute with Singapore over Pulau Batu Puteh was dropped, says MCA.

"Why this sudden decision by Pakatan? It is more than a little odd to do almost immediately after cancelling the KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail project.

"From the eyes of a bystander, it certainly looks like the sovereignty over Batu Puteh has been used as a sacrificial lamb to appease our project partner," MCA Youth chief Datuk Chong Sin Woon said in a statement on Thursday (June 7).

Chong said the dispute looked promising for Malaysia after three documents dated around the 1960s which were obtained from the UK National Archives indicated that the island did not form part of Singapore's sovereign territory.

However, he said with Malaysia dropping the challenge, it was not only detrimental to the country's economic interest but also "almost treasonous to disregard the rightful claim of the Johor Sultan over Batu Puteh".

"The application for revision can only be made within 10 years from the date of the ICJ's (International Court of Justice) judgment. Giving up now means ceding miles of water that is immeasurable in worth till the end of time," he said.

On May 31, the ICJ informed Singapore that Malaysia was discontinuing proceedings to revise the international court’s ruling that gave Pulau Batu Puteh to Singapore in 2008.

The island is known as Pedra Branca in Singapore.  

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