Malaysia will investigate Pedra Branca’s possibilities

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On Saturday, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated that Malaysia would consider its options in light of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) 2008 decision to award Pedra Branca to Singapore (Oct 9).
The action comes after the Malaysian government abandoned an effort to appeal the judgement more than three years ago. In a statement, Datuk Seri Ismail said the Cabinet agreed on Friday to create three independent special committees and allow them six months to investigate three long-running disputes, including Kuala Lumpur’s claim to “Pulau Batu Puteh,” which started a disagreement more than four decades ago.
A special task group will “propose acceptable choices by seeking opinions from international legal experts” on legislation in response to a “request to analyse and interpret the Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh issue,” he added. Tan Sri Apandi Ali, who was attorney-general when the Najib Razak administration sought a review of the ICJ’s ruling in 2017, will lead the team.
After Najib was defeated in the May 2018 election, the request was dropped. Because ICJ regulations only allow petitions for modifications within ten years after a judgment. The subject looked to be settled when Then-Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad repeated Malaysia’s acceptance of the verdict in 2019.
“The Cabinet has also agreed to acquire preliminary legal opinions on legal action under the ‘Tort of Misfeasance’ against any person found to have been careless or erred in not continuing the study and interpretation” of the 2008 judgement, Mr Ismail added on Saturday.

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