Malaysia, Singapore ties remain good

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – Malaysia-Singapore relations remain good despite the need for further discussions on several matters, Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said yesterday.

“Our relations with Singapore remain good. There are some issues but we are talking to each other, and that is very important.

“Most importantly, the discussions are going on. I am confident the discussions are moving in the right direction,” he told reporters at Wisma Putra after receiving a memorandum from NGOs in support of the freedom for Palestine.

Saifuddin said that besides him, four key persons would be holding discussions on specific topics and issues with their Singapore counterparts.

They were Transport Minister Anthony Loke, Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Attorney General Tommy Thomas and Foreign Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob.

Malaysia Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, yesterday. – AP

It was reported that the 14th meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia (JMCIM) between Malaysia and Singapore scheduled for January 14 has been postponed.

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

Osman has insisted that he did not trespass into Singapore waters and that all he did was to watch Malaysian security teams doing their job.

Saifuddin said Malaysia and Singapore would be steadfast in their negotiations.

“We have always safeguarded our sovereignty and our independence. We just have to continue talking to our Singapore counterparts,” he said.