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Malaysia challenge the ICJ over Pedra Branca with new evidence


In May 2008. I remember that the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that Pedra Branca is under Singapore’s sovereignty. You can read about the Pedra Branca dispute here.

In case some people want to know what is Pedra Branca is, it is an outlying island and also the easternmost point of Singapore, an island which consists of a small outcrop of granite rocks with an area of about 8,560 square metres. Between 1850 and 1851, the British built Horsburgh Lighthouse on the island. The Straits Settlements administered the island with the lighthouse and Singapore then assumed responsibility in 1946 after the dissolution of the Straits Settlements. In 1953, the Acting State Secretary of Johor, responding to a query from the Colonial Secretary of Singapore about the status of the island, stated that “the Johore Government does not claim ownership of Pedra Branca”.

Apparently now, Malaysia is challenging the Pedra Branca judgment using three documents discovered in the United Kingdom’s national archive. Apparently, these documents became available after some files were de-classified. So looks like we will be back at the International Court of Justice to plead our case. Let us see how this goes

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