10 Jul '18, 1am

Malaysia chose not to review water pact in 1987, says Vivian

In 1987, Malaysia had the right to review the price of water under the 1962 Water Agreement. But it chose not to, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said yesterday. In fact, its leaders subsequently also acknowledged they chose not to ask for the review because the pricing arrangement under the 1962 agreement benefited them, he told the House. Water, however, is in the spotlight again as a potential bilateral issue after Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said about a fortnight ago that the price at which raw water is sold to Singapore is "ridiculous". Dr Balakrishnan yesterday reiterated that the 1962 Water Agreement (62WA) is no ordinary agreement, as it was guaranteed by both countries in the 1965 Separation Agreement, which was registered with the United Nations. "Any breach of the 62WA would call into question the Separation Agreement, which is the basis for ...

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