ABC TV reported on Sunday 7 August an incident on or about 31 August 2015 when Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency(Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia) officers removed a Malaysian flag that had been planted on Luconia Shoals by Australian marine archaeologist Hans Berekoven.
The planting of the flag itself has been reported before (see below) but it was only yesterday that Berekoven revealed on ABC TV that a MMEA Bombardier surveillance plane flew over after he planted the flag, and that MMEA officers then came on to the shoal and removed the Malaysian flag.
By doing so the Malaysian Government has signalled that it will not enforce its hitherto exclusive right to administer and enjoy the economic zone on and around Luconia Shoal. Given that China has been asserting what it says is its right to the shoal (and the entire South China Sea) ,it follows that China can now enjoy equal if not greater right to the shoal and the surrounding economic zone.
The map below illustrates what has been lost.The polygons represent oil concessions awarded by Malaysia and Indonesia.
The map may be viewed and enlarged at this link.