Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, left, and his Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on March 14. Photo: AP

Malaysia and Singapore freeze port limit claims in bid to resolve maritime tensions, but water woes remain

  • The neighbours’ foreign ministers have agreed to measures including preventing government vessels from anchoring in a disputed area
  • Bilateral relations are at a low point following disagreements over airspace boundaries and the price Singapore pays for fresh water from Malaysia
Topic |   Malaysia

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Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, left, and his Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on March 14. Photo: AP
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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says the current water deal Singapore is “ridiculous”. Photo: Reuters

Singapore-Malaysia relations threaten to boil over as Mahathir makes splash about water prices

  • The prime minister has aired a long-standing gripe over Singapore paying less than 1 US cent per 1,000 gallons of fresh water from Malaysia
  • Mahathir says the deal, which was made in 1962, is on weak legal standing and Singapore will lose if the issue is brought to the World Court
Topic |   Singapore

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says the current water deal Singapore is “ridiculous”. Photo: Reuters
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