Ir­mo­hizam: Move to re­view ICJ’s rul­ing a pa­tri­otic act

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KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Supreme Coun­cil mem­ber Datuk Seri Dr Ir­mo­hizam Ibrahim chas­tised the op­po­si­tion for be­lit­tling the coun­try over the move to seek a re­vi­sion of the Hague-based In­ter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice’s (ICJ) judg­ment over Pu­lau Batu Putih.

Ir­mo­hizam said the gov­ern­ment’s move to seek a re­view of the de­ci­sion was a pa­tri­otic act.

“The ef­fort to de­fend the sovereignty over Pu­lau Batu Putih was not viewed favourably by the op­po­si­tion.

“They ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of politi­cis­ing the is­sue,” Ir­mo­hizam said.

He de­scribed their ac­tion as a rhetor­i­cal dis­course.

“It is about the dig­nity and sovereignty of the coun­try.

“All par­ties, in­clud­ing the op­po­si­tion, should sup­port this fully and put pol­i­tics aside.

“We should not un­der­mine the abil­ity of our coun­try be­cause such an at­ti­tude will only dis­credit the coun­try,” he said.

Cit­ing At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Tan Sri Mo­hamed Apandi Ali, Ir­mo­hizam said the AG was con­fi­dent that in fil­ing for the re­vi­sion, Ar­ti­cle 61 of the ICJ Statute had been met.

“The three newly-dis­cov­ered doc­u­ments found at the Na­tional Archives of the United King­dom can be a favourable in­di­ca­tor for Malaysia.

“Pu­lau Batu Putih is closer to the coun­try.

“It is 7.7 nau­ti­cal miles off the coast of Jo­hor’s Tan­jung Penyusuh com­pare to Sin­ga­pore, which is 25.5 nau­ti­cal miles off Tampines.

“They (the op­po­si­tion) pre­fer to see the fail­ure of the coun­try be­cause for them it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the gov­ern­ment to main­tain the coun­try’s sovereignty and dig­nity.

“How­ever, it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of all,” he said.

Datuk Seri Dr Ir­mo­hizam Ibrahim

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