Extracted from BERNAMA
M'sia-S'pore Talks On Outstanding Issues Still On Hold
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Bernama) -- Negotiations on various outstanding bilateral issues between Malaysia and Singapore are still on hold, with both sides focusing on confidence building efforts.
"Both countries feel the best option would be to build confidence to foster bilateral ties through cooperation in various fields," said Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Joseph Salang at the Dewan Rakyat here Tuesday.
He was replying to a question from Datuk Mohamed Aziz (BN-Sri Gading) on whether there were any new negotiations held between the Malaysian and Singapore governments in resolving the outstanding issues.
Among the issues are the price revision of raw water which Malaysia supplies to the city state and the KTM land issue in Singapore.
Salang also said the Cabinet meeting on April 12 decided to stop negotiations with Singapore on the issues of the bridge to replace the Johor Causeway.
As such, he said the issue on Singapore's demand for sand and the use of Malaysian airspace by the Singapore Air Force did not arise.
Replying to an additional question, Salang said the government would continue to ensure it established good relations with its neighbours including Singapore.
"With confidence from both nations, we hope to resolve the outstanding issues," he said.
To a question from Datuk Mahadzir Mohd Khir (BN-Sungai Petani), he said the government was still waiting for the decision on the Pulau Batu Putih sovereignty claim issue, which had been brought before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.
"Let us wait for the (ICJ) decision," he said.
tags : PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Malaysia singapore talk johor
Sep 19, 2006