Friday, November 30, 2007

Singapore 'wins' in Pedra Branca claim

It's not exactly official but Singapore has trounced Malaysia in the competing claim for Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Putih, according to an online poll by Sophie's World.

When the three-week poll closed tonight, a total of 334 readers had cast their votes. This is quite a decent number but it is still not big enough as a scientific poll. The three options were:

Who will win Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Putih?
1. Singapore because it has been squatting on the little rock for more than 150 years;
2. Malaysia because the islet is nearer to the country; or
3. Two countries should re-merge and have joint ownership of Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Putih

Those who voted for Singapore outnumbered Malaysia 169 to 141. Votes for Singapore represented exactly half of the total number of votes. Support for Malaysia was 42%, while the remaining 24 votes or 7 per cent picked the third option of joint ownership of the little island.

The court hearing ended on Nov 23 and the judges are still deliberating on the decision. The International Court of Justice's judgement is expected within the next two months.

The issue has naturally divided readers on both sides of the causeway, due probably to nationalism and differing interpretations of history.

Sophie's World is still betting on an official victory for Malaysia despite the odds against the country.

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