KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Singapore need “at slightest 3 to four some-more bridges” to promote limit trade flow, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad pronounced on Tuesday (Mar 19).
Speaking during a question-and-answer event during a Invest Malaysia meeting, he pronounced that compared to Penang, that is now formulation for a new tunnel to couple a mainland and a island, a trade upsurge between Singapore and Malaysia is most heavier.
“Even Penang, that has reduction race than Singapore, during initial deserted a initial overpass though then, subsequently, we built another overpass and now we wish a tunnel, and that’s (just) Penang and a mainland,” he said.
“We usually have one causeway and a overpass (linking Singapore and Malaysia). We need during slightest 3 to 4 some-more bridges,” he pronounced during a forum.
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Dr Mahathir claimed that Singapore does not wish any some-more bridges, for a reason that he “does not understand”.
In his first stint as primary minister, Dr Mahathir had initial mooted a thought of a curved overpass — a six-lane highway that would curve in a approach that would concede vessels to pass underneath it — between Singapore and Johor.
In 2003, usually before finale his 22-year reign during primary minister, he announced that Malaysia would go forward and build a possess half of a curved overpass if Singapore refused to explode a half of a Causeway.
However, a plan was forsaken by Dr Mahathir’s inheritor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
‘NEGOTIATE LIKE CIVILISED PEOPLE’
Commenting on a emanate of a cost of H2O in a 1962 Water Agreement, Dr Mahathir pronounced that both sides will “try to negotiate like courteous people”.
Under the agreement, that expires in 2061, Singapore is entitled to pull adult to 250 million gallons a day (mgd) of H2O from a Johor River.
Singapore pays 3 sen per thousand gallons of tender H2O and sells treated H2O behind to Johor during 50 sen per thousand gallons, a fragment of a cost of treating a water.
Johor is entitled to a daily supply of treated H2O of adult to 2 per cent or 5 mgd of a H2O granted to Singapore. In practice, Singapore has been provision 16 mgd of treated H2O to Johor during a request.
Dr Mahathir has called for a cost to be reviewed. Singapore has taken a transparent and unchanging position that Malaysia has mislaid a right to examination a cost of H2O when it chose not to do so in 1987.
Last week, it was announced that a attorneys-general of Singapore and Malaysia will continue discussions to “better know any other’s position” on a right to examination a cost of water.
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The attorneys-general of both countries had met in Dec final year though their discussions were overshadowed by issues that had arisen over a Johor Bahru Port Limits and a Seletar Airport Instrument Landing System procedures.
Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan pronounced final week that there has been no agreement done on a right to examination a price.
“There is usually agreement to lay down, to explain, plead and to conclude any other’s particular positions,” he added.
SINGAPORE AND CHINA REMAIN CLOSE ECONOMIC PARTNERS
Dr Mahathir combined on Monday that while there might be differences in views, Singapore and China sojourn tighten partners with Malaysia.
“They are a tip dual pivotal trade and investment partners. With mutual honour we will always find ways to advantage from mutual interest,” a primary apportion said.
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Dr Mahathir pronounced a supervision would like to see a private zone play a bigger purpose in contributing towards a economy. He also pronounced Putrajaya would continue to acquire unfamiliar investment from all countries.
“The concentration is not about that nation a investment originates from, though it is about a value tender of a ventures that have to move offset advantages to both sides,” he added.