Malaysia to resume maritime boundary talks with Singapore

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Malaysia and Singapore will resume negotiations on the maritime boundary in the area of Pulau Batu Puteh (Pedra Branca), Batuan Tengah (Middle Rocks) and Tubir Selatan (South Ledge), the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday.

Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya said Malaysia will host the eighth meeting of the Malaysia-Singapore Joint Technical Committee (MSJTC) expected to take place in October.

The two countries established the MSJTC to implement the 2008 judgement of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the matter of sovereignty over Pulau Batu Puteh, Batuan Tengah and Tubir Selatan.

“To date, seven MSJTC meetings have been held in the process of negotiating the maritime border demarcation in the area of Pulau Batu Puteh and Batuan Tengah.

“The negotiation process was delayed as there were some discrepancies in the negotiations between the two countries and because Malaysia had submitted a judicial review of the case to the ICJ,” he said replying to Datuk Mansor Othman (PH-Nibong Tebal) who wanted to know the status of the Malaysia-Singapore maritime boundary negotiations.

On May 23, 2008, the International Court of Justice awarded sovereignty over Pulau Batu Puteh to Singapore, ruled that Batuan Tengah belongs to Malaysia and concluded that sovereignty over Tubir Selatan belongs to the State in whose territorial waters it lies.