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Jakarta Post

Malaysian firm’s station deemed security threat

  • Liza Yosephine, Nani Afrida and Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 11 2017   /  12:10 am

The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that a landing station for a large underwater optic cable with 400 GB bandwidth owned by Sacofa, a Malaysian-based communications company, in Anambas, Riau Islands, violates international maritime law.

There is currently an agreement between Indonesia and Malaysia for submarine cable placement but this does not cover the landing station, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arrmanatha Nasir told The Jakarta Post
on Monday.

The spokesperson said the establishment of the landing station did not correspond with the permit the company held and was not in accordance with an agreement reached between Indonesia and Malaysia in 1982.

“According to the agreement in 1982 and also the UNCLOS [the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea], it only gives the right to put a cable under the sea for the sake of communication between East and West Malays...