Malaysia is in the process of filing more documents on the Pulau Batu Puteh case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), NST Online reported.

Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali said case management of the case was last held at the International Court of Justice in the Hague on Sept 11.

The court had acceded to Malaysia’s request for more documents to be filed, he said.

Earlier today, Singapore was reported to have filed a fresh rebuttal of Malaysia’s challenge to the Pedra Branca judgment at the ICJ.

This followed a second application by Malaysia on June 30 challenging the court’s 2008 ruling awarding the tiny island to Singapore.

It was Malaysia’s second application following an earlier one in February.

Putrajaya claimed it had discovered three documents in the United Kingdom’s national archives which needed the attention of the ICJ.

In February, the South China Morning Post revealed details of these documents.

This included a confidential telegram in 1958, sent by the then governor of Singapore to the secretary of state for the colonies in London. It showed that he “did not consider the island of Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh to be part of Singaporean territory”.

The governor had proposed the establishment of an international high seas corridor passing “only one mile from Pedra Branca/Pulau Puteh”, according to the document.

“If he had understood, or otherwise been advised, that Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh was under Singaporean sovereignty, there would not have been a need for him to advocate the provision of an international passage so near to the island,” Malaysia’s filing said.

The second document is a naval incident report showing that British naval vessels, assigned to defend Singaporean waters,“did not view the waters around Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh as belonging to Singapore”.

The third document is a map dated 1962 but with markings dated February 1966 that the Malaysian filing said showed Singapore’s territorial waters “do not extend to the vicinity of Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh”.-FMT


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