Did Malaysia Lose Pulau Batu Puteh To Singapore Because Of A Bribe?

It appears that the Attorney General, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, had intentionally lost the territorial dispute case on Pulau Batu Puteh to Singapore after allegedly receiving a bribe.

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Pulau Batu Puteh Was Originally An Island Within The Territories Of The Old Johor Sultanate

Pulau Batu Puteh was originally within the territory of the Johor Sultanate which was founded in 1528, and remained under the new Sultanate of Johor under the British sphere of influence following the signing of the Anglo–Dutch Treaty of 1824 between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
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Between 1850 and 1851, the British built Horsburgh Lighthouse on the island without informing the Johor authorities of their decision to do so or seeking consent for its erection.

The Horsburgh Lighthouse built by the British.

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Since 1979, Malaysia And Singapore Are Involved In A Dispute Regarding The Ownership Of Pulau Batu Puteh

On 21 December 1979, the Director of National Mapping of Malaysia published a map entitled Territorial Waters and Continental Shelf Boundaries of Malaysia showing Pedra Branca to be within its territorial waters. Singapore rejected this "claim" in a diplomatic note of 14 February 1980 and asked for the map to be corrected.

Singapore first suggested submitting the territorial dispute to the ICJ in 1989. The suggestion was accepted by Malaysia in 1994. In 1998, the text of a Special Agreement to bring the matter before the ICJ was agreed, and the Agreement was signed by the two countries at Putrajaya, Malaysia, on 6 February 2003.

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In 2008, The International Court Of Justice Found That Pulau Batu Puteh Belonged To Singapore

The Court delivered its Judgment on Friday 23 May 2008. It found that sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh belonged to the Republic of Singapore and that sovereignty over Middle Rocks belonged to Malaysia.

The judgment ends the 28-year old territorial dispute between Malaysia and Singapore and both countries had earlier pledged to abide by the decision of the ICJ that is final and not subject to appeal.

Pulau Batu Puteh belongs to Singapore.

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Then In Nov 2013, The Former KL CID Chief Said That The Attorney General Intentionally Lost The Case After Being Bribed

Former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim today revealed that money changed hands, which led to Malaysia losing its claim on Pulau Batu Puteh to Singapore in 2007.

Mat Zain further claimed in his SD that money had allegedly exchanged hands to ensure Singapore won the custody of the tiny rock.

Mat Zain said the Malaysian delegation to the ICJ led by Gani had submitted, as evidence, a controversial photograph that was retrieved from, of all places, an anonymous blog.

The controversial photograph that depicted Batu Puteh within close proximity of Johor.

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Mat Zain described the submission of the "concocted" photograph as a form of deception that severely hurt Malaysia's case.

Rafizi Ramli Will Seek Help From Hong Kong's Graftbusters To Expose The AG's Misconduct

PKR’s Rafizi Ramli will seek help from Hong Kong’s graftbusters once again, this time over bribery allegations against Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail which purportedly led to Malaysia losing its claim on Pulau Batu Puteh to Singapore in 2007.

Despite admitting that it would not be easy to implicate Gani, Rafizi hoped that the action will garner a response from Putrajaya, including suspending the AG pending the investigation.

“They have the authority and power to investigate any financial transactions into Hong Kong if there is reasonable ground to believe that the money was a part of corruption," says Rafizi.

Rafizi Ramli at a press conference.

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It had alleged that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had been told that Abdul Gani had gone to Hong Kong to deposit money paid to lose the Pulau Batu Puteh sovereignty case.

AG Abdul Gani Patail Says Rafizi Is Welcomed To Check His Bank Accounts

In a rare display of transparency, Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail volunteered today to show his bank accounts to Rafizi Ramli after the opposition lawmaker accused him of accepting money in a deal that saw Malaysia lose its stake in Pulau Batu Puteh to Singapore.

“I am prepared to give YB Rafizi the letter of authority if he wants to check my bank accounts in any country including Hong Kong about the millions of dollars that had purportedly been deposited into my account as a bribe in the overlapping claim on Pulau Batu Putih at the International Court of Justice. He can come to my office at any time to get the letter,” Abdul Gani was quoted saying by state news wire Bernama.

Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail.

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Disclose Bank Accounts Of Your Family Members Too, Says Rafizi

PKR’s Rafizi Ramli told Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail today to list down the Malaysian and Hong Kong firms where he and his family members are shareholders, saying this would be one way for the Attorney-General to clear himself of corruption allegations over the Pulau Batu Puteh fiasco.

Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail should provide details of his bank accounts, plus those held by family members and companies controlled by them, says Parti Keadilan Rakyat strategic director Rafizi Ramli.

Rafizi also urged Gani to allow the media access to such information.

Rafizi Ramli.

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