PUTRAJAYA JAN.20: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was informed that the Indonesian Minister of Home Affairs did not make any statement claiming sovereignty over South Ledge as reported in an article published by Defence Security Asia on 18th January 2022.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, it wishes to refer to the 2008 Judgement of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the case concerning the sovereignty over Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge.
“On the issue of sovereignty over South Ledge, the judgement reads “… South Ledge falls within the apparently overlapping territorial waters generated by the mainland of Malaysia, Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh and Middle Rocks…” and “.…sovereignty over South Ledge, as a low-tide elevation, belongs to the State in the territorial waters of which it is located.”
“Following the ICJ Judgement, Malaysia and Singapore have established the Malaysia Singapore Joint Technical Committee on the Implementation of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Judgment on Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (MSJTC),” said the Ministry in its statement here today.
The Ministry was responding to a media queries following an article published by Defence Security Asia on 18th January 2022 entitled “Indonesia Dakwa Tubir Selatan (South Ledge), Karang Singa Miliknya. M’sia Bagaimana?”
The statement added, for that article the Ministry has verified the matter with the Indonesian side.
The statement stressed that under the MSJTC, Malaysia remains committed to resolving outstanding maritime boundary issues between the two countries and will ensure that Malaysia’s sovereignty and interests are protected. –Malaysia World News