M’sia-Singapore ties remain good


Malaysia-Singapore relations remain good despite the need for further discussions on several matters, Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (picture) 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 in Putrajaya after receiving a memorandum from non-governmental organisations in support of freedom for Palestine.

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

They are 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.

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

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