Monday, May 26, 2008

Stay Away From Middle Rocks For A While - Najib

PUTRAJAYA, May 25 - Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Sunday advised Malaysians to stay away from Middle Rocks for a while until further advice from the government.

He said the country's technical committee was still preparing the recommendations, following the International Court of Justice ruling on Friday that Malaysia had sovereignty over Middle Rocks and the recommendations were expected to be ready in two weeks' time.

"The best thing is, wait for the technical committee to come up with its recommendations and then we will advise accordingly.

"Otherwise, there will be some confusion on the ground," he told reporters after launching the national-level Unity Month Celebration at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here.

Najib was asked to comment on conflicting news reports that local fishermen could now operate freely in the waters off Middle Rocks while another news report advised them to stay away from Middle Rocks for the time being.

The first news report quoted senior lecturer with the Malay World and Civilisation Institute, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Prof Dr Nik Anuar Nik Mahmud while the second quoted Federal Marine Police Commander Senior Assistant Commissioner II Isa Munir.

Both made their comments, following the ICJ judgement in which 15 judges were in favour of Malaysia while one judge was favour of Singapore for the disputed maritime feature - Bernama

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