PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia is awaiting Singapore’s response on Malaysia’s application for a review of the International Court of Justice (ICJ)’s judgment over the ownership of Pulau Batu Puteh.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said Singapore is expected to reply by June 14.

“The application review is doing fine. We have five researchers in London working on this, but it will take some time, as they need to go through a lot of documents.

“Once we get the reply, we will respond accordingly,” he told reporters after launching the 17th Asean Senior Law Officials Meeting today.

On Feb 16, Apandi announced he will lead a seven-member team, comprising local and foreign experts, in seeking a revision of the ruling.

The ICJ had earlier awarded ownership of the island to Singapore.

On Feb 2, Malaysia filed an application to review the ICJ’s judgment on Pulau Batu Puteh following the discovery of new evidence.

In May 2008, the ICJ had ruled that the island belongs to Singapore, based on a 1953 letter given by the colonial secretary in Johor to Singapore officials saying that the state does not stake a claim to the island.

Meanwhile, when asked to comment on the removal of Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon from the Sarawak state assembly over allegations that he is an Australian citizen, Apandi said Malaysians cannot have other citizenship.

“I cannot comment further. But the law is clear. We are not allowed to have two citizenships,” he said.

On another development, Apandi said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is expected to wrap up its investigations into the transfer of money from SRC International into the prime minister’s accounts within a month.

He reiterated that he had never ordered a halt to the investigation unless if there is new evidence that warrants a file to be reopened.


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