Malaysia – Sin­ga­pore

airspace and ter­ri­to­rial waters dis­pute

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore are cur­rently locked in a dis­pute over airspace and ter­ri­to­rial waters. The dis­pute started with the dec­la­ra­tion by Malaysia, pub­lished in the Fed­eral Gazette, of an al­ter­ation to the Jo­hor Baru port lim­its. Sin­ga­pore protested this move, claim­ing that it was done uni­lat­er­ally.

At the same time, Malaysia said that it will not al­low Sin­ga­pore to im­ple­ment the In­stru­ment Land­ing Sys­tem (ILS) and ILS Ap­proach Pro­ce­dures for Sele­tar Air­port. Malaysia also wanted to re­claim its airspace in phases, which is man­aged by Sin­ga­pore since 1974 un­der the Op­er­a­tional Let­ter of Agree­ment be­tween Kuala Lumpur and Sin­ga­pore Area Con­trol Cen­tres Con­cern­ing Sin­ga­pore Ar­rivals, De­par­tures And Over­flight (LOA 1974).

Oct 25: The At­tor­ney Gen­eral's Cham­bers is­sued a Dec­la­ra­tion of Al­ter­ation of Port Lim­its for Jo­hor Baru Port in the Malaysian Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment Gazette.

Nov 5: Sin­ga­pore is­sued a Third Per­son Note (TPN) for Malaysia to amend the gazette to re­flect Sin­ga­pore’s sovereignty over its waters.

Nov 11: Malaysia is­sued a port cir­cu­lar, show­ing the new port lim­its as men­tioned in the gazette.

Nov 22: Malaysia is­sued a no­tice to mariners to alert the ship­ping com­mu­nity of the ex­panded Jo­hor Baru port lim­its.

Nov 28: Malaysia told Sin­ga­pore that it will not al­low Sin­ga­pore to im­ple­ment the ILS and ILS Ap­proach Pro­ce­dures for Sele­tar Air­port, lo­cated near Sin­ga­pore’s bor­der with Jo­hor, as it will in­fringe Malaysia’s sovereignty and airspace. Trans­port Min­is­ter An­thony Loke also said that the ILS would af­fect devel­op­ment in Pasir Gu­dang as there would be height re­stric­tions im­posed on struc­tures, and also af­fect ship­ping ac­tiv­i­ties at the Pasir Gu­dang port.

Nov 29: Sin­ga­pore is­sued a se­cond TPN to protest against the no­tices put out by Malaysia.

Nov 30: Sin­ga­pore pub­lished a cir­cu­lar in­struct­ing ship masters and own­ers of ves­sels to dis­re­gard Malaysia's gazette.

Dec 5: Malaysian Gov­ern­ment sent two protest notes to the Sin­ga­porean Gov­ern­ment through the Sin­ga­porean High Com­mis­sioner to Malaysia, one on

Sin­ga­pore’s pub­li­ca­tion of the ILS and ILS Ap­proach Pro­ce­dures for Sele­tar Air­port and the other on the on­go­ing mar­itime bound­ary de­lim­i­ta­tion is­sues be­tween the two coun­tries, in­clud­ing the new Jo­hor Baru Port Lim­its and the re­cent in­ci­dents re­lated to the mat­ter.

Dec 7: Malaysia pro­posed to Sin­ga­pore for both coun­tries to “cease and de­sist” from send­ing as­sets into the dis­puted area start­ing from mid­night on Dec 8, pend­ing dis­cus­sions on out­stand­ing mar­itime bound­ary is­sues.

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