Kuala Lumpur wants to isolate water-supply talks with Singapore from a host of other niggling bilateral issues, says Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar. The comments came yesterday after a second ministerial meeting ended in the city-state with little or no progress. 'It is not worthwhile to discuss other issues until we can move on the question of water,' Mr Syed Hamid told reporters as he ended two days of negotiations with his Singapore counterpart, S. Jayakumar. Despite years of intermittent talks, the neighbouring countries have failed to iron out agreements on access to Malaysian airspace for Singaporean fighter planes, the conversion of Malaysian railway land in Singapore, and replacing the causeway that links the two with a bridge. But it is the issue of water supply that is the most contentious. Under two deals concluded in the 1960s, Malaysia supplies about 60 per cent of Singapore's daily water needs from rivers in the southern state of Johore. Kuala Lumpur wants to revise the price of raw water that it pipes into Singapore, as permitted by a clause in the two deals. But the parties remain far apart on how this should be done. The city-state has said the revised price should reflect the cost of producing reclaimed water. Singapore has over the past two years developed Newater, which comes from treated waste water. A joint statement issued yesterday said the two parties had presented fresh positions, but no details were disclosed. 'Both sides expressed a desire to resolve the package of issues and agreed that there was much for both countries to gain through co-operation and collaboration,' it said. This week's meeting follows an initial ministerial session in Kuala Lumpur in July which also ended in deadlock.