Lighthouse Hustle

by Terence

I finally made the time today to go visit http://leuchtturm3.blogspot.com/ to see what the fuss was about. If you don’t know by now, this is the blog that Malaysia cited as their independent source for their photo of the Horsburgh Lighthouse on Pedra Branca. Their intention was to show the proximity of the lighthouse to Johor in order to strengthen their case.

Unfortunately, it turns out that their source used material plagiarised from Wikipedia for one of the blog entries, and the blog was suspiciously created very recently and has only got a few posts. This was uncovered by blogger Simply Jean.

If the blog really was setup for the purpose of scamming the International Court of Justice, then I think that it is appalling the lengths that people would go just to win a case. I also think that the ones responsible underestimated the intelligence of the internet community.

The comments on these other blogs by Jeff Ooi and Sophie also make for interesting reading.