Best if both stay clear of island

  • Letters
  • Thursday, 02 Jan 2003

THE SINGAPORE government’s behaviour over the issue of sovereignty over Pulau Batu Putih is conduct most unbecoming. 

A recent incident, where a Malaysian craft ferrying journalists was told to stay away from the area in a belligerent fashion, will do little to help resolve the matter. 

Someone could have been hurt, and that sort of thing happening in a spat between Singapore and Malaysia would be unimaginable.  

Granted that both governments have agreed to abide by the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ's) verdict, Singapore has no business building structures on the island while a legal decision is pending. 

Singapore insists it has been administering the island since 1840, but previous historical records dating to the 16th century have established the Johor Sultanate’s jurisdiction.  

In the light of claims and counter claims, it is best for both parties to stay clear of the territory in question until the case is resolved by the ICJ.  





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