Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, chairman of Malaysia club Johor Darul Takzim (Source: businessinsider.sg).

Crown prince of Johor thanked Singapore Government for assistance during past water crises

The crown prince of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, thanked Singaporean Government for helping Johor during the drought seasons and at times when it experiences water crisis.

Tweeting a post on JOHOR Southern Tiger account on Thursday (28 June), the prince wrote, “We have always helped each other. May the close ties and friendship forged hundreds of years ago last forever.”

The post came after Malaysian Prime Minister stated that the government needed to discuss the “manifestly ridiculous” price at which it is selling water to Singapore.

Bloomberg also reported that Mahathir intended to go back to the drawing board on the water accord, which is set to expire in 2061.

Responding to the matter, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) stated that both countries must comply fully with the provisions of the 1962 Water Agreement and the 1965 Separation Agreement.

Singapore is given full and exclusive rights to draw up to a maximum of 250 million gallons of water per day (mgd) from the Johore River under the agreement.

In return, Johor is entitled to buy treated water of the same volume as up to 2 per cent of the water extracted by Singapore on any given day or about 5mgd if Singapore draws its full entitlement of water from the Johore River.

Following requests for assistance from the Malaysian state’s water regulatory body Badan Kawalselia Air Johor (BAKAJ), Singapore has on several occasions supplied additional potable water to Johor for various reasons.

National water agency PUB stated on 17 July 2016 that it will supply an additional 6mgd of potable water a day for three days to Johor on an urgent request from BAKAJ.

BAKAJ had said that it required the additional water to stabilise its own supply system in Johor Bahru after a temporary shutdown due to pollution in the Johore River.

PUB also agreed to supply an additional 6mgd of treated water a day for one month to Johor a month before that in June, in order to supplement its supply after dry weather severely affected water levels in Johor’s Sungei Layang dam.