The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled by majority of 12-4 that Batu Puteh/Pedra Branca belongs to Singapore. The Court however rules by majority 15-1 that Middle Rocks belong to Malaysia. However the South Ledge has been ruled belong to the state that owns the water around it, essentially an open discussion which will depend on the outcome of discussions between the 2 countries. Finally the 28 years old ownership dispute is settled. Win-win situation? (as claimed by Rais Yatim). My house could be larger than that Middle Rocks islet! So what is the big deal in fighting over the island sizes less than half a football field? Ada minyak ke? Is it really just to operate the light house for naval navigation?
Malaysia government led by AG, PM advisor and hired foreign QC/legal experts from Cambridge University (as if there is no qualified local counsel), whereby Singapore uses their own local minister and counsels. Waste of public funds? [Latest: read the comments below, very informative]