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Malaysia

Singapore’s Foreign Minister’s recent remarks on 1962 Water Agreement “reckless” and unbridled: Malaysia’s Foreign Minister

Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan’s recent remarks against Malaysia in relation to the 1962 bilateral Water Supply Agreement were reckless and unbridled, said Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah. Responding to queries from several Members of Parliament (MPs) regarding the water dispute, Dato’ Saifuddin stressed that at this stage, Malaysia should be “in the second stage of the discussion” with Singapore, …

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“Singapore rapidly developed” due to Malaysia’s raw water supply; Johor must push on water price renegotiation: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

The people of Johor, particularly the state government, should speak up on their rights in relation to the water price agreement, particularly regarding the rate at which water is sold to Singapore, said Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Bernama reported the prime minister as saying at the Johor Government Retreat with Federal Cabinet on Thursday (28 Feb) that it …

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Pakatan Harapan may be facing “teething problems”, but “we are certainly not collapsing”: Klang MP Charles Santiago on Bilahari Kausikan’s remarks

While acknowledging that Malaysia’s ruling coalition Pakatan Harapan (PH) is undergoing teething issues, Klang Member of Parliament Charles Santiago rejected the assertion of Singapore’s former Ambassador-at-Large Bilahari Kausikan’s that PH is “falling apart”. Mr Santiago’s response to Mr Kausikan’s comments was published on Malaysiakini on Tue (26 Feb). “I am not denying that Malaysia’s ruling coalition is experiencing teething problems, …

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Bilahari Kausikan’s call to use military force against Malaysia in bilateral spats “akin to cries of desperate opportunists”: Malaysian senator Yusmadi Yusoff

The recent comments made by Singapore’s former Ambassador-at-Large Bilahari Kausikan regarding deploying military force in bilateral conflicts between the Republic and its northern neighbour Malaysia are “akin to cries of desperate opportunists seeking to rally consensus for war against a bogeyman”, opined a Malaysian senator. In an op-ed article published by Malay Mail on Saturday (23 Feb), Member of Dewan …

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Pakatan Harapan’s internal chaos fuelling frictions between Malaysia and Singapore: Bilahari Kausikan

Singapore is being used as a scapegoat to divert attention from political infighting among parties within the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, said Singapore’s former Ambassador-at-Large Bilahari Kausikan, in reference to the heightened tensions between Malaysia and Singapore in the recent months since the coalition came to power on 9 May last year. The Malaysian Insight reported Mr Kausikan as saying …

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Democracy, despite its shortcomings, is the best system of governance to have, relative to other systems: Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad

Democracy, despite its shortcomings, is the best system of governance to have in relative to other systems of governance, as citizens have the power to overthrow their government “with a stroke of the pen” at the polls, in contrast to authoritarian systems in which violent revolutions involving wars and bloodshed have to occur for a change to take place, said …

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Talks on 1962 Water Agreement “overshadowed” by new issues surrounding ILS and JPL disputes: MFA S’pore

Following the meeting between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad in Nov last year regarding the 1962 Water Agreement between the two nations, a subsequent meeting between the Attorneys-General of both countries was held regarding the issue the following month. A spokesperson for Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, revealed on Tuesday (19 Feb) that the …

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Malaysian government has remitted ‘abortive costs’ for HSR postponement

The Singapore government has announced on Thursday (31 January) that it has received confirmation from the Government of Malaysia through diplomatic correspondence that it has remitted to the Government of the Republic of Singapore the payment for abortive costs incurred by Singapore in suspending the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail Project. The deal came after a formal agreement between the two …

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Palestinian Struggle “a humanitarian struggle for justice and freedom” which “all Malaysians regardless of their background should support”: Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim

The Palestinian Struggle is a humanitarian struggle for justice and freedom which all Malaysians regardless of their background should support, said Malaysia’s Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim. Speaking in a meeting with the Palestinian Cultural Organization Malaysia (PCOM) in Putrajaya on Tuesday (29 Jan), Mr Sim added that greater communication between the peoples and institutions of both Malaysia and …

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