Malaysia Attorney-General Apandi to lead 7-member team against Singapore in Pedra Branca case

Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali speaks during a press conference at his office in Putrajaya.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali speaks during a press conference at his office in Putrajaya. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK)- A team of international and local legal experts has been assembled to represent Malaysia which is seeking to revise the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over Pulau Batu Puteh, known in Singapore as Pedra Branca.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said on Thursday (Feb 16) he would be leading the seven-member team comprising three foreign experts.

"I have a high calibre team whose expertise and knowledge are on par with the legal team representing Singapore.

"I'm withholding their identities for now and will announce my team close to the date of hearing," he said.

Malaysia has applied to revise the international court's ruling that granted Pulau Batu Puteh to Singapore following the discovery of "some important facts".

On May 23, 2008, the ICJ ruled that Singapore had sovereignty over Pulau Batu Puteh, which is about 7.7 nautical miles from Pantai Tanjung Penyusuh, Johor.

Malaysia filed an application on Feb 2 asking the court to revise its judgment.

In the 42-page application, Malaysia cited three "new facts" to argue that "Singapore's officials at the highest levels did not consider that Singapore had acquired sovereignty over Pedra Branca from Johor" in the years following 1953.

Singapore recently said it had put together the "best team" to study and respond to the matter.

The team includes Attorney-General Lucien Wong, Professor S. Jayakumar, Professor Tommy Koh and former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong.

Apandi said Malaysia had found evidence among some 3,000 documents, which were declassified by the British Government in 2013 that could help the country's case.

"We haven't been given a date (for the hearing) but normally this process will take sometime. I'm confident that with the new evidence to be presented by the highly esteemed team, we can change the thinking of the ICJ," he said.