Sunday, July 4, 2010
Questions on Blocks L & M not fully answered
The federal government evaded her real question by quoting 'national interests', fairness to neighbours, boundary sharing, socio-economic and cultural ties being the factors for ceding of the oil blocks.
The federal government added that Malaysia's action at the time was to neutralize the tense situation that arose as a result of the oil and gas exploration.
Chua questioned why since it was the issue on the oil and gas exploration rights that created the tense situation, why didn't Malaysia negotiate for joint exploration and extraction rights rather than having to give up the sovereignty rights on the 3 million acres of marine territory?
"In any eventuality, why didn't Malaysia refer the matter to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in resolving such an important issue of national interest?
"No other rational reasoning would be good enough for the people especially when the nation is so proud of the winning of the sovereignty rights of Pulau Ligitan and Pulau Sipadan on 17/12/2002 in ICJ as recorded in the Malaysia Maritime Realm Atlas.