Since they don’t want us, all of us who are Babi(s) or pigs,swines, whatever, can perhaps make our home in Spratlys Island. But are we going to lose it, too.
After Pulau Batu Putih, can we be sure anymore?
Taipei on Wednesday refuted Malaysia’s claim over a controversial South China Sea islet, saying the island belongs to Taiwan.
“Pulau Layang-Layang belongs to the Republic of China (Taiwan’s formal title), either from the point of view of history, or geography or international law. We hope claimants of Spatlys islands put aside sovereignty disputes and jointly develop resources (near the islands),” the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“The ROC government is willing to hold talks (with related countries) and solve the dispute over Spratlys island through peaceful means,” it added.
On Monday, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia would safeguard its sovereignty over Pulau Layang Layang off Sabah because it does not want a repeat of its “loss” of Pulau Batu Puteh, off Johor.
“If we want oil or other products from the earth, we have to safeguard the sovereignty of this island,” Najib said as a group of Malaysian journalists visited Pulau Layang Layang, located in the South China Sea about 300 kilometres north-west of Kota Kinabalu.
Najib, who is also the defence minister, said the visit was necessary to help create awareness in the people on the sovereignty of the nation.
He also said the stationing of strategic assets such as combat aircraft and warships, as well as a Royal Malaysian Navy base to protect the island, were a form of assurance for the country.
Pulau Layang Layang is located near the Spratly Islands, a group of about 600 islands and atolls claimed in all or part by several countries including China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. The waters around the island are believed to straddle substantial petroleum reserves.
In May, the International Court of Justice handed sovereignty over Pulau Batu Puteh, located off Johor, to Singapore and granted ownership of Middle Rocks to Malaysia.