May 23, 2008
ICJ rules for S'pore on islet dispute with Malaysia
By Lydia Lim, Senior Political Correspondent
Pedra Branca is considered important for its strategic position and impact on territorial marine boundaries. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A 28-YEAR-OLD tussle for sovereignty over Pedra Branca and its outcrops came to an end on Friday when the International Court of Justice (ICJ) awarded the main island to Singapore, and two smaller outcrops nearby to Malaysia.
The court did not make a definitive ruling on the third rock of contention, South Ledge which is visible only at low tide. It belongs to whoever owns the territorial waters it sits in, said the court.
Source : The Straits Times
I felt intrigued when I read this piece of news because it reminds me again just how truly vulnerable we are as a nation. Over the past 2 years or so, Singapore was embroiled in numerous tit-for-tat policies which our neighbouring countries had stirred up like little children at the playground when they lose their marbles - from drinking water, sand and now this isle. On the other hand, the reminders of our vulnerability does help to keep us from becoming conceited in the light of our amazing successes. Moreover, who was it who had called us that little "red dot" on a map? I seriously think he should consider thinking before he speaks next time. Now the little red dot has just grown its size and won some nautical grounds!
Labels: Pedra Branca, politics, Singapore