Ku Li writes to Foreign Minister on Pulau Batu Putih

YBM Tengku Tan Sri Razaleigh Hamzah, MP Gua Musang  wrote to Minsiter of Foreign Affairs Dato’ Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim on the issue of Pulau Batu Putih, dated yesterday. Amongst other compalints was the interests of the State of Johor were never presented at the International Court of Justice:

TRH/U/Phb/Kel/36

3rd September, 2008

3hb Ramadhan, 1429

YB. Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim,

Menteri Luar Negeri,

Kementerian Luar Negeri,

No. 1, Jalan Wisma Putra,

Presint 2,

Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan

62602 PUTRAJAYA Post & Fax No. 8889 2855

I read in today’s newspapers that you have issued a statement that you will respect the decision of the ICJ and that Malaysia will be engaging in technical discussions on various aspects of Singapore’s claim to territorial waters and their Economic Zone.

No doubt this has been done with the approval of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.

I wish to state that I am unhappy and concerned with the outcome of the international arbitration on the state of Batu Putih.

I am deeply dismayed that the interests of the state of Johor were never brought to the attention of the Court.

Perhaps I should point out to you that Malaysia is a Federation of sovereign states and Johor retains territorial jurisdiction on some matters, including its territorial seas. This interest is paramount.

It is for this reason that I think that the arbitration proceedings are still incomplete. Johor has a right to be a party to these proceedings and to seek the necessary variations, particularly in relation to sovereignty over the seas surrounding Batu Putih, which has always been in the hands of Johor and never surrendered to the British Government nor to Singapore.

By stating that you accept the ICJ’s decision without any reservation, and participating in technical discussions with Singapore on matters that involve the sovereignty of Johor, the Government has committed a serious infringement of the Constitutional rights of the state of Johor.

I hope the Government will refrain from making any further statement or participating in technical discussions with Singapore on these matters.

I want to record my disappointment and disapproval of the manner in which the Government has conducted the case in the ICJ and acted subsequently.

These are serious matters of sovereignty and there are grave repercussions if the present conduct continues.

Yang ikhlas,

(Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah)

Published in: on September 4, 2008 at 12:19  Comments (5)