ICJ verdict: What is Pulau Batu Puteh? Middle rocks : What’s beneficial to us?

It’s sad to lose Pulau Batu Puteh to the hand of Singapore (the Grinch who stole everything) but look at the bright side. We get Middle Rocks and sovereignty over South Ledge.

What’s Pulau Batu Puteh?

Pulau Batu Puteh is a granite island 137m long, with an average width of 60m and covering 8,560 sq metres at low tide. It is situated at the eastern entrance of the Straits of Singapore. It lies 25.5 nautical miles to the east of Singapore, 7.7 nautical miles to the south of Johor and 7.6 nautical miles to the north of the Indonesian island of Bintan. The Horsburgh lighthouse in Pulau Batu Puteh was built in 1851.

What’s Middle Rocks?

Middle Rocks and South Ledge are the two maritime features closest to Pulau Batu Puteh. Middle Rocks is located 0.6 nautical miles to the south and consists of two small rocks about 250 metres apart that are above water and stand 0.6m to 1.2m high. South Ledge, at 2.2 nautical miles to the southwest of Pulau Batu Puteh, is a rock formation only visible at low tide.

How the ICJ verdict went?

12-4 majority ruling, held that sovereignty over the island(Pulau Batu Puteh) belonged to Singapore. 15-1 majority ruling, the court held that Malaysia had ownership of Middle Rocks. The court, in a 15-1 majority ruling, also stated that sovereignty over South Ledge belonged to the “state in the territorial waters of which it is located”.

What’s beneficial to us (Malaysia) ?

MALAYSIAN fishermen can now operate freely in the waters off Middle Rocks following the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) ruling. The navy and marine police could patrol the area without hindrance. The air force would also have access to the airspace. The sovereignty over South Ledge also belonged to Malaysia (South Ledge is only 1.7 nautical miles south of Middle Rocks).

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3 Responses to “ICJ verdict: What is Pulau Batu Puteh? Middle rocks : What’s beneficial to us?”

  1. icedlemontea Says:

    hurmm.. curious though? didn’t the 2 countries had agreed that they’re going to form a special committee to decide on who’s going to get South Ledge? oh, i added you on my blogroll already. Hope that we can exchange ideas and all 🙂

  2. deluge Says:

    deluge says : I absolutely agree with this !

  3. Iyyar Says:

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Iyyar
    .

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