Tan Yu Yang (4S323) | Zou Xiang Yu (4S331). Pedra Branca dispute (btw. Singapore and Malaysia). What is Pedra Branca?. An outlying island of Singapore Name means “white rock” in Portogese, and refers to white bird droppings on the rocks
The 21 September 1953 letter from the Acting State Secretary of Johor to the Colonial Secretary of Singapore indicating that Johor "does not claim ownership of Pedra Branca".
Malaysia challenged Singapore's contention that Pedra Branca never became part of the new Johor Sultanate
Malaysia rejected Singapore's argument that the traditional Malay concept of sovereignty was based mainly on control over people and not over territory.
As Pedra Branca lies in the Singapore Straits, it was therefore reasonable to infer that Pedra Branca lay within the general geographical scope of the Johor Sultanate.
In doing so, they upheld international law, secured the long-term interests of small states and showed the way to the rest of Asean.