To ensure that there is law and order among a comity of nations.
- New Straits Times
What’s more if the countries are signatories to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982.
One country cannot, arbitrarily, claim the whole of the sea because it has a certain nomenclature.
If this is so — and UNCLOS is very clear that it is not so — then every body of water that bears a certain country’s name will belong to that country.
“Ridiculous” was the response of Malaysia’s foreign minister, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, to the…