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Friday, May 23, 2008

S'pore takes Pulau Batu Puteh, M'sia gets Middle Rocks

THE HAGUE: The International Court of Justice has ruled that Singapore has sovereignty over Pulau Batu Puteh while Malaysia owns Middle Rocks.

As for the South Ledge, the ICJ ruled that it belongs to the state in whose territorial waters it is located.

ICJ vice-president, Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh read out the judgment, which was carried live over RTM1 Friday.

Pulau Batu Putih, which Singapore calls Pedra Branca, an isle no larger than half a football field, is about 14.3km from Tanjung Penyusop in Johor and 46.3km from Singapore.

Middle Rocks is about half a nautical mile from Pulau Batu Putih and 1.7 nautical miles from South Ledge.

The 17-member bench heard oral arguments from Malaysia and Singapore between Nov 16 and 23 last year.

The judgment ends the 28-year old territorial dispute between Malaysia and Singapore and both countries had earlier pledged to abide by the decision of the ICJ that is final and not subject to appeal.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim described the judgment as a "win-win" situation. He said the status quo remained although Singapore has sovereignty over Pulau Batu Puteh and Malaysia over Middle Rocks.

[source : the star]


pretty upset with this news. i know i have no right to say anything since this case have been judged by professional judges and acts. i just hope Malaysia wins the case... sigh.


  1. I just heard about this on TV just now.

  2. yeah, sigh. pretty sad tho. its closer to us and in fact we were the first one to explore it. maybe they have better evidence and acts. :(

  3. I'm sorry, but I hope you have a good weekend.

  4. Finally the case is over. I guess the result is fair for both countries although I don't really know about the case.

  5. tammy - its ok tammy. things happen... you have a good weekend too :)

    sheng loong - yeah. they read about it page by page this afternoon. i was in the office.

  6. thot that we presented better evidence?

  7. suppose so. did you watch news yesterday? it was in the afternoon. live from there... on tv1. i did not. was working. so have no idea what is that thick book about page by page. things happen. let it be...

  8. heard the news just now, and came to your blog- and you have the same news here! :) sad news, even if it was a small island, winning is a great feeling of victory!

    p.s: I am here to do the meme you left me, check my awards blog after some time ok? :)

    Have a nice weekend Faisal!

  9. yes farah. victory is always a good feeling. so i guess this is a sad news for malaysia even though i guess some ministers just don't care.

  10. cool. saw it and left a comment ;)
    thanks farah

  11. sad?
    y sad?
    nothing wat...

  12. 1. we lose to singapore again
    2. the map of malaysia change now
    3. the history is nothing anymore
    4. losing is always a sad thing



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