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“Explain selling Johor land to foreigners,” Dr M tells Johor Sultan

Publish date: Tue, 28 Jun 2022, 07:27 PM

JOHOR ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar must explain the selling of state land to foreign entities, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. 

The former prime minister’s remark came after he was quizzed on the Johor state government pointing the finger at him for Malaysia losing its claim over Pulau Batu Puteh to Singapore. 

The 96-year-old Dr Mahathir, who has a long history of uttering inflammatory rhetoric, further claimed the size of the land sold to the Chinese and Singaporean entities was much larger than Pulau Batu Puteh. 

“He can blame whoever he wants, but he is not a judge. He is a sultan. He can give his opinion. In our country the sultan is free to do anything [as] he is above the law. He can say anything but I cannot respond,” he told reporters in Putrajaya. 

“But I want to know, why did he sell 1,370ha of land to the Chinese? That is a much bigger area than just a piece of rock.” 

Dr Mahathir’s aide later clarified that Mahathir was referring to the Forest City project in Johor. 

Earlier the nonagenarian had walked out in protest from the Attorney-General’s Chambers where he was invited for an interview by a panel on tort misfeasance regarding the sovereignty of Pulau Batu Puteh. 

This comes after he learned that the panel was still being chaired by former attorney-general Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, whom Mahathir said has a conflict of interest in the case. 

Meanwhile, the Langkawi MP also raised questions about another project in Maharani, Muar whereby he claimed that the land was sold to Singapore. 

“…Now, another land piece in Maharani wants to be sold to Singapore. At the rate we are going, there will be no Johor,” he was quoted as saying by Malaysiakini. 

Sultan Ibrahim had previously expressed disappointment over the Pulau Batu Puteh issue.  

His Majesty said that the then Pakatan Harapan government had failed to consult Johor when it decided to withdraw Malaysia’s appeal against the decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to bestow sovereignty of the island to Singapore in 2018. 

On Sunday (June 26) Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi said legal actions should be taken against the betrayal that has caused the country to lose Pulau Batu Puteh. 

He also said that decision to withdraw the appeal was a mistake that not only set a bad precedent but also created a dark moment in the history of this sovereign nation. 

Onn Hafiz further noted that Pulau Batu Puteh, which is about the size of a football field, might not have significant economic importance to some people, but the island was a strategic maritime position crucial to the country, adding that it was located about 14.3 kilometres from Tanjung Penyusop, Johor compared to 46 kilometres from Changi, Singapore. 

He pointed out that losing Pulau Batu Puteh, which was located on the main route for merchant ships through the Straits of Melaka and the South China Sea, hurt the people, especially fishermen who complained that their source of income was affected. – June 28, 2022

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Selling lands to foreign investors perfectly good if it brings progress to the state or country

Hong Kong became so prosperous for 100 years under Foreign Interest

Spore sell lands on Sentosa islands to investors and they bring in their wealth and skill to add value

Dubai sells lands to foreigners and it is the most progressive Arab State in the Middle East

1 month ago


why surrender pulau batu puteh to SIN without any court case silently? sultan's query is valid which Apanama try to divert with another question i/o reply directly

1 month ago


On 24 July 2003, Malaysia and Singapore jointly seised the Court of a dispute between them by notification of a Special Agreement signed on 6 February 2003 and which entered into force on 9 May 2003. Under the terms of that Special Agreement, the Parties requested the Court to “determine whether sovereignty over: (a) Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh; (b) Middle Rocks; and (c) South Ledge belongs to Malaysia or the Republic of Singapore”. They agreed in advance “to accept the Judgment of the Court . . . as final and binding upon them”.

Following public hearings which were held in November 2007, the Court rendered its Judgment on 23 May 2008. In that Judgment, the Court first indicated that the Sultanate of Johor (predecessor of Malaysia) had original title to Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, a granite island on which Horsburgh lighthouse stands. It concluded, however, that, when the dispute crystallized (1980), title had passed to Singapore, as attested to by the conduct of the Parties (in particular certain acts performed by Singapore à titre de souverain and the failure of Malaysia to react to the conduct of Singapore). The Court consequently awarded sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh to Singapore. As for Middle Rocks, a maritime feature consisting of several rocks permanently above water, the Court observed that the particular circumstances which had led it to find that sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh rested with Singapore clearly did not apply to Middle Rocks. It therefore found that Malaysia, as the successor to the Sultan of Johor, should be considered to have retained original title to Middle Rocks. Finally, with respect to the low-tide elevation South Ledge, the Court noted that it fell within the apparently overlapping territorial waters generated by Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh and by Middle Rocks. Recalling that it had not been mandated by the Parties to delimit their territorial waters, the Court concluded that sovereignty over South Ledge belongs to the State in whose territorial waters it lies.

1 month ago


We are selling shares at KLSE but no one wants to buy them now ?

1 month ago


Apanama has a point. When you sell a large swathe of fertile land to foreigners, why cry for a piece of rock in the sea? Fishermen affected?? Come on, get a better reason.

1 month ago

Brian Lee

Before Become PM, raise the issue, after become PM for 22 mths, no raise the issue but ok with it. After no more PM, got issue with it. Syndrome "Mudah Lupa". Sell land not sell country as the gov still collect land taxes (revenue). Foreigners come in, stay, then invest at the same time. Becoming PM nowadays is different from last time as what he said will be remembered and shared easily.

1 month ago


Both Mahathir and Sultan of Johor are in the wrong! Sultan threated to pull out of Malaysia because of his personal mega projects stalled! As for Mahathir, he basically destroy future of Malaysia with his wrong decisions!

1 month ago

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