The DAP takes note of the decision of the ruling made by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on the 12th of July, 2016, on the dispute between the Philippines and China reading the South China Sea. We affirm our commitment that any disputes in the South China Sea should be settled in a peaceful manner between the relevant countries in question through diplomatic channels which includes reference to international law such as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) of which the China and the four claimant countries (Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia) are signatories of.
We take note of the Malaysian government’s submission notes to the PCA in asking for the tribunal to ‘show due regard to the rights of Malaysia’ in its ruling. The DAP has been and will continue to be fully committed to upholding the sovereignty and territorial rights of Malaysia including within the 200 nautical mile zone that constitutes Malaysia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). We ask Wisma Putra to explain to the Malaysian public the full implication of the PCA ruling to Malaysia and the steps which it will take to preserve and protect the integrity and security of Malaysia’s EEZ which is within the South China Sea.
We support Wisma Putra’s continued efforts to push for a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) agreement between China and ASEAN that will provide a framework for resolving the current disputes in a peaceful manner and de-escalate tensions in the South China Sea.