31 May '18, 8am

Putrajaya to build island in waters near Singapore

Putrajaya to build island in waters near Singapore

PRIME Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today he wants to develop an island on a cluster of rocks previously disputed with Singapore, a move that could anger its neighbour. The strategically located area has long been a flashpoint between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and they previously took a territorial dispute to the United Nations top court. The International Court of Justice in 2008 awarded two rock clusters, called Middle Rocks, to Malaysia while a nearby island was deemed to be Singaporean territory. Malaysia launched a challenge to that ruling last year but Singapore’s foreign ministry said today it had been withdrawn by Kuala Lumpur . However, at the same time Dr Mahathir announced Malaysia wanted to develop an island on Middle Rocks, at the eastern entrance of the strategic Singapore Strait. The 100km strait is one of the world’s busiest commercial shipping routes...

Full article: https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/51132

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