Bilateral ties with Malaysia put to test in 2018: Singapore AG

SINGAPORE (Bernama) – The past year has been challenging, with Singapore’s bilateral ties with its closest neighbour “put to the test”, Singapore’s Attorney General Lucien Wong was reported as saying by Channel NewsAsia yesterday.

“As a small country, Singapore is never immune from political changes in neighbouring countries, especially Malaysia,” he was quoted as saying at the Opening of the Legal Year 2019.

Other than the Pedra Branca dispute which ended with the withdrawal of applications by Malaysia about two weeks before their scheduled hearing at the International Court of Justice, “the change in government in Malaysia has had significant impact on ongoing projects involving Malaysia and Singapore such as the High Speed Railway,” he said.

“Our officers were on hand to advise the Government on this matter, working in support of the negotiating teams,” said the Attorney-General.

The outcome was positive and balanced, he said, adding that it resulted in a mutually agreeable resolution between both countries.

The online report said the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has also continued supporting the Government on other Malaysia-related issues, including the purported extension of Johor port limits into Singapore territorial waters, airspace management over southern Johor and the review of water prices under the 1962 Water Agreement with Malaysia.

This management of cross-border relationships was a theme apparent in the AGC’s work last year, said the Attorney-General.