Mahathir wants to bring Singapore back to Malaysia? The latest response is here


2022-06-23: [Article Link The former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir, said that his statement on Sunday (19 June) did not advocate that the Maldives should speak to Singapore, Pedra Branca and the Lorne Islands. He stated that his statements were taken out of context. According to the Singapore Joint Morning Report, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir, said that his statement of 19 June did not advocate that the Maldives should speak to Singapore, White Cay and the Rione Islands. He stated that he had merely taken the case of White Cay, stating that his Government had been staring at the “table-sized” White Cay, while ignoring the larger tract of land that others had taken from the country. Mahathir issued a statement stating that his version of the day had been taken out of context, stating that the International Tribunal had ruled that sovereignty over White Cay belonged to Singapore because “it was a mistake for the Government of the State of Johor to deny that the reef belonged to Jovo. Mahathir said, “We should be grateful to the International Court of Justice for awarding us sovereignty over the islands of Ligitan and Sipadan. The White Cay is only a rocky reef, and these two islands are more valuable than others.” Mahathir believes that his country should be grateful that Indonesia did not contest the verdict of the International Tribunal. “Really, we should be grateful for what we have received.” Following a dispute in 1998 between Indonesia and the Maldives over sovereignty over the small islands of Sipadan and Ligitan, off the eastern coast of Borneo, the two sides agreed to refer the dispute to the International Tribunal. In 2002, the International Tribunal ruled that sovereignty over the small islands belonged to the Maldives, and Indonesia subsequently expressed its respect for that decision. According to earlier reports, Mahathir's speech in Kuala Lumpur on the evening of 19 June, "I am a Malay: Starting to Live," said: "Singapore was originally a State of Johor." Johor should speak out for Singapore and bring it back to Johor and Malaysia... We should fight (with Indonesia) for sovereignty over the islands of Sipadan and Ligitan, and we should now call for the return of Singapore and the Rioney Islands to Malaysia. Mahathir said, "We should look at history, think hard and be strong. We have lost too much land. We have lost four cities in the south of the Gulf of Thailand, the Rione Islands, the island of Singapore, and the island of White Cay, the size of a table."


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Mahathir wants to bring Singapore back to Malaysia? The latest response is here


2022-06-23: [Article Link The former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir, said that his statement on Sunday (19 June) did not advocate that the Maldives should speak to Singapore, Pedra Branca and the Lorne Islands. He stated that his statements were taken out of context. According to the Singapore Joint Morning Report, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir, said that his statement of 19 June did not advocate that the Maldives should speak to Singapore, White Cay and the Rione Islands. He stated that he had merely taken the case of White Cay, stating that his Government had been staring at the “table-sized” White Cay, while ignoring the larger tract of land that others had taken from the country. Mahathir issued a statement stating that his version of the day had been taken out of context, stating that the International Tribunal had ruled that sovereignty over White Cay belonged to Singapore because “it was a mistake for the Government of the State of Johor to deny that the reef belonged to Jovo. Mahathir said, “We should be grateful to the International Court of Justice for awarding us sovereignty over the islands of Ligitan and Sipadan. The White Cay is only a rocky reef, and these two islands are more valuable than others.” Mahathir believes that his country should be grateful that Indonesia did not contest the verdict of the International Tribunal. “Really, we should be grateful for what we have received.” Following a dispute in 1998 between Indonesia and the Maldives over sovereignty over the small islands of Sipadan and Ligitan, off the eastern coast of Borneo, the two sides agreed to refer the dispute to the International Tribunal. In 2002, the International Tribunal ruled that sovereignty over the small islands belonged to the Maldives, and Indonesia subsequently expressed its respect for that decision. According to earlier reports, Mahathir's speech in Kuala Lumpur on the evening of 19 June, "I am a Malay: Starting to Live," said: "Singapore was originally a State of Johor." Johor should speak out for Singapore and bring it back to Johor and Malaysia... We should fight (with Indonesia) for sovereignty over the islands of Sipadan and Ligitan, and we should now call for the return of Singapore and the Rioney Islands to Malaysia. Mahathir said, "We should look at history, think hard and be strong. We have lost too much land. We have lost four cities in the south of the Gulf of Thailand, the Rione Islands, the island of Singapore, and the island of White Cay, the size of a table."

Note: This is a translated version of the Chinese news media article. A mature and nuanced reading is suggested.

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