Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called on the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to convey Malaysia’s position and protest against the presence and activities of Chinese ships, including a prospecting vessel, in Malaysia’s Exclusive Economic Zone off the coasts of Sabah and Sarawak.
The presence and activities of these vessels are incompatible with Malaysia’s Exclusive Economic Zone Act 1984, as well as the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), an official statement said. published by the ministry.
Malaysia’s position and consistent actions are grounded in international law, in defense of our sovereignty and sovereign rights in our waters, the statement read.
Malaysia had also protested against previous encroachments by other foreign vessels in our waters.
In determining Malaysia’s position and course of action on the South China Sea issue, which is complex and involves interstate relations, Malaysia’s national interests will remain of paramount importance.
Malaysia reaffirms that all issues relating to the South China Sea must be resolved in a peaceful and constructive manner, in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law, including UNCLOS of 1982.