Posted by: Andi Arsana | October 31, 2005

Berhala in the JP

On Sept. 26, 2005 Antara official news agency carried a report on the concerns of a North Sumatra’s provincial legislator regarding a website promoting Pulau Berhala as one of Malaysia’s tourist destinations. When reading this, Sipadan and Ligitan come to mind. The two islands were secured by Malaysia when the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that sovereignty over them rested with Malaysia in 2002.

In Indonesian minds this scenario raises disturbing questions: Is Malaysia now pushing its luck and seeking to secure small, isolated islands in boundary areas one by one? Is Pulau Berhala vulnerable and could there be a repeat of the Sipadan and Ligitan case? Read more…


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