Muhyid­din sug­gests talks over Sin­ga­poreMalaysia mar­itime bound­ary dis­pute

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KULAI, Jo­hor: Home Min­is­ter Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin said yes­ter­day he hopes that Sin­ga­pore’s dis­pute with Malaysia over the mar­itime bound­ary and airspace can be dis­cussed at the ne­go­ti­a­tion ta­ble.

This is nec­es­sary and vi­tal to pre­vent any un­nec­es­sary ri­valry be­tween the two coun­tries, he said to re­porters af­ter open­ing the Jo­hor con­ven­tion of Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (Ber­satu) here.

“I fol­lowed what the Min­is­ter of Sin­ga­pore men­tioned a few days ago that they (Sin­ga­pore) would like to re­solve this am­i­ca­bly; so that is a good move. We do not want to spark an un­nec­es­sary ri­valry that cre­ates a lot of dis­sat­is­fac­tion,” he said.

Muhyid­din was asked to com­ment on the re­cent de­vel­op­ments in Sin­ga­pore and Malaysia over a dis­pute over their mar­itime bound­ary and airspace.

He said these is­sues were dis­cussed se­ri­ously by the Cab­i­net re­cently.

Muhyid­din said he be­lieves that the min­is­ter con­cerned will do his best to re­solve the is­sues, as per the de­ci­sion of the Cab­i­net.

“Sin­ga­pore-Malaysia re­la­tions have been good.

“It is quite nor­mal (to have prob­lems). Even when I was the menteri be­sar (of Jo­hor), we had prob­lems (too) but the fact is that both coun­tries want to work to­gether,” he said.

In Sin­ga­pore, the repub­lic’s Min­is­ter for Trade and In­dus­try Chan Chun Sing, in his first com­ment on the dis­pute, said that with the pos­si­bil­ity of ac­ci­dents tak­ing place, the “risk of es­ca­la­tion can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated”.

“The ground sit­u­a­tion is tense. The ships are in close prox­im­ity with one an­other and we know that some ships are armed, so the risk of es­ca­la­tion can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated. Ac­ci­dents might hap­pen,” Chan­nel NewsAsia quoted him as say­ing.

“We urge all par­ties to re­vert to the pre-Oct 25 sta­tus quo ante for things to calm down. And there are ways to do this un­der in­ter­na­tional law with­out prej­u­dice to Malaysia,” Chan was quoted as say­ing.

Chan re­port­edly said Sin­ga­pore wel­comes talks to find a “swift and am­i­ca­ble res­o­lu­tion” to the is­sue.

He was also quoted as say­ing that in the event of a fail­ure to reach an agree­ment, Sin­ga­pore is open to seek­ing re­course through an “ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­na­tional third-party dis­pute-set­tle­ment pro­ce­dure”. — Ber­nama

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