We lost a rock; gained some pebbles
No matter how one chooses to look at the judgement of the Pulau Batu Puteh Case by The Hague International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Friday 23 May 2008, Malaysia gaining sovereignty of Middle Rocks is a joke at best.
The Middle Rocks, seriously, and ironically, are more like ‘pebbles.’
Study the picture below.
Pulau Batu Puteh (Pedra Branca in Portuguese), the ‘white rock island’ which is about the size of a football field and now under Singapore’s sovereignty, is in the foreground while Middle Rocks are in the background. Click on the picture below and see what our ‘pebbles’ can accommodate.
Surely winning Middle Rocks is hardly something for us to gloat over when the land area for which we have sovereignty, at most, is only good for a picnic outing (if one is up to it) compared with a land area that can accommodate a whole facility, including more than one kitchen sinks.
So what is our Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, trying to say when he “regarded the judgment as a “win-win” situation”? Trying to soften the loss when we have bungled big time, izzit?
Yeah, i do recall that sometime last year a blogger in Singapore ‘caught’ someone in our defense team ‘lifting and doctoring’ a photograph to help build our case. Who is this person and did what he/she do could have caused us to lose our ‘rock?’ Heck man, cheating is as good as admitting that one does not have a case and resorting to trying to bamboozle the learned judges of the ICJ would be fair game. What cheek! What derring do!
my question to our administration is this: Would there be an inquiry as to whether we had put together the best brains for this mission and whether the ‘forger’ would be brought to book for daring to stoop so low and compromise our nation’s case and integrity?
And how much money did it all cost the tax payers for losing not only our piece of ‘rock’ but also our ‘face’?
The ‘before & after’ of a botched trickery.
Get the full story of the judgment here.
Here’s what our PM have to say here regarding our loss.
Here’s what our Foreign Minister have to say here regarding our win.
And here’s Singapore’s report in The Straits Times here.
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