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Johor disputes Singapore's stand, says Malaysia has right to review water price

Published on Mar 7, 2014 9:39 PM
The Causeway between Singapore and Malaysia's state of Johor, as seen from Woodlands. -- ST FILE PHOTO

JOHOR BARU – The Johor state government has disputed Singapore’s stand that Malaysia has no right to review unilaterally the price of raw water supplied to the Republic under a longstanding pact.

State public works, rural and regional development committee chairman Hasni Mohamad insisted that the 1962 agreement gave Johor and the federal government in Kuala Lumpur the right to “review” the price, according to Bernama yesterday. He said the issue should be brought up in bilateral talks between Singapore and Malaysia.

“The attorney-general has given his view that we have the right to review the price of raw water sold to Singapore. We do not agree with Singapore’s view (that) we have lost the right (to revise the price of raw water),” he was quoted as saying.

Singapore Law and Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam told Parliament on Thursday the pact provided for a review after 25 years but Malaysia “consciously chose not to review the price” in 1987 as it benefited greatly from the pricing then in place.

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