Wisma Pu­tra con­firms 14th JMCIM postponed

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PU­TRA­JAYA: Wisma Pu­tra, the for­eign min­istry, yes­ter­day con­firmed that the 14th Meet­ing of the Joint Min­is­te­rial Com­mit­tee for Iskan­dar Malaysia (JMCIM) has been postponed. The meet­ing had been sched­uled for to­day.

Wisma Pu­tra said in a state­ment that Sin­ga­pore had sought the post­pone­ment via a diplo­matic note dated Jan 11.

It had been re­ported that Sin­ga­pore wanted the meet­ing postponed be­cause Johor Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Os­man Sapian had al­legedly tres­passed into Sin­ga­pore wa­ters on Jan 9 dur­ing a visit to Johor Bahru port.

Os­man had in­sisted that he did not tres­pass into Sin­ga­pore wa­ters and that all he did was to watch Malaysian se­cu­rity teams do their job. Wisma Pu­tra said, how­ever, that Eco­nomic Af­fairs Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Azmin Ali would still meet his Sin­ga­porean coun­ter­part Lawrence Wong and For­eign Min­is­ter Dr Vi­vian Balakr­is­han to dis­cuss other bi­lat­eral is­sues.

“This demon­strates that ties be­tween the two coun­tries re­main strong. The meet­ing will form the next pos­i­tive step for­ward after the fruit­ful bi­lat­eral meet­ing held be­tween the Min­is­ters of For­eign Af­fairs of Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore on Jan 8,” it said.

Wisma Pu­tra said the two for­eign min­is­ters were in com­mu­ni­ca­tion and agreed that both sides should re­main calm and not sen­sa­tion­alise the mat­ter.

“The min­istry is con­fi­dent that the cur­rent mo­men­tum of en­gage­ment be­tween Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore will con­tinue and re­it­er­ates its com­mit­ment to strengthen bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with Sin­ga­pore based on equal­ity and mu­tual re­spect,” it added. — Ber­nama

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