Malaysia Try to Stole our Island (again!)

Living in a neighbourhood, is a fun thing. We can share food with our neighbour , or just do some chat in the evening with them after work.Seems so nice indeed . But that’s doesn’t mean that we must share our husband or boyfriend with them right ? OR they can wear our clothes , right???

This is what happen here . Our neighbour country seems want to occupying our sources…AND our CULTURES….BATIK….REOG PONOROGO…O…O…that’s a big NO!!!
let’s see what happen in 2008.
Possession is nine-tenths of the law. That was the important lesson learned when the International Court of Justice found Malaysia’s claim over the Sipadan and Ligitan Islands more credible than Indonesia’s.

Though the country still has territorial claims to over 17,500 islands, this high-profile loss was a very bitter pill, and the effects still linger today. It is encouraging that the government has not forgotten this lesson by recognizing that the country’s first line of defense in securing dozens of outer islands is not the Indonesian Military (TNI), but migration and development.

Based on official records from the Home Ministry there are officially 17,504 islands spread across the Indonesian archipelago. This data represents a net loss of four islands since 2002 — two islands to Malaysia (Sipadan and Ligitan), and two to Timor Leste (Kambing and Yako Islands).

If the present government remains oblivious and approaches the issue with the same imprudence as its successors, the consequence may be more than the loss of relatively insignificant islands.

There are 88 islets straddling borders that Indonesia shares with 10 countries — Australia, India, Malaysia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.

Only half of those 88 are inhabited.

Though Navy patrols and history may be on Indonesia’s side, ultimately it is the level of “”investment”” put into these islands that will be the determinant of ownership. Neighbors, though they are friends, cannot be entirely trusted.

It is encouraging that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono emphasized a commitment to populate these islands through a transmigration program, which began three years ago and is not supposed to copy the programs of former administrations, but alas this seems to have been largely neglected.

The President himself last month committed Rp 900 billion (US$94.7 billion) to a special fund for a major development drive for outer islands in border areas.

Though these islands are small (0.02 to 200 square kilometers), their possession guarantees rights to the maritime resources in the exclusive economic zone. Furthermore, further losses of islands threatens to redraw Indonesia’s archipelagic territorial borders.

More important for Yudhoyono is that it would be a political bombshell if his administration was even perceived to be less than assertive in ensuring territorial integrity. This was the reason he flatly rejected, during a meeting with Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi last month, the PM’s offer to jointly develop the Ambalat area, which Malaysia claimed shortly after the ICJ verdict.

Apart from uninhabited outer islands, time is running out in naming over 9,000 unnamed islands. Based on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) it is required to properly register these islands.

An UNCLOS conference is due to be held in 2009, which serves as a deadline for Indonesia to register these islands. A special inter-departmental team was established in 2004, however it is questionable whether they can thoroughly complete this daunting task.

Another avenue being pursued that may come to fruition is through diplomatic/security treaties to ensure the overall territorial integrity of the republic.

Diplomats are putting the final touches on a security agreement with Australia, which guarantees that it respects Indonesia’s territorial expanse and rejects secessionist movements.

Diplomatic rhetoric may change with time, but at the very least, there is a de jure insurance on paper that will help settle fears of breakaway movements in the eastern part of the archipelago.

Indonesia is like a lush unkept backyard. We take no notice of it until our neighbor’s kids start climbing the fence to pick the ripened fruit.

When it is too late and the trees are all bare, then we get angry and start paying attention.



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