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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Malaysia doing fine in Batu Puteh sovereignty suit, says AG



Malaysia is doing well in its bid for an application to review the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Singapore owns Pulau Batu Puteh (Pedra Branca), Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali said.
"(In) Batu Puteh's (case, Malaysia) is doing fine," he said.
"We are waiting for Singapore to reply. They are supposed to reply by June 14. So, when they reply, we will see what they reply and then we will respond accordingly," Apandi said.
"I have five researchers in London doing work everyday, going through thousands of documents in their archive and it is not done yet. They are still doing it right now," he said. 
On May 9, 2003, both Malaysia and Singapore agreed to submit their dispute on sovereignty over Pulau Batu Puteh (Pedra Branca), and two nearby maritime features, Middle Rocks and South Ledge, to the ICJ.
In 2008, ICJ gave the sovereignty of Batu Puteh to Singapore. The court ruled that Malaysia owned Middle Rocks, while it refrained from awarding South Ledge to either country, stating that it belonged to the government in whose territorial waters it is located.
Pulau Batu Puteh is located 7.7 nautical miles off the coast of Johor's Tanjung Penyusuh.
In February, Malaysia filed an application to review the Batu Puteh ruling after the discovery of “new facts”.

It was later reported that the “new facts” discovered were three documents in the National Archives of the United Kingdom. 
The documents comprise 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 papers were discovered in the National Archives between Aug 4, 2016, and Jan 30, 2017.- Mkini

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