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Malaysia lost its right to review water price after choosing not to do so in 1987: Shanmugam

Published on Mar 6, 2014 1:45 PM
 
Malaysia lost its right to review the price of raw water sold to Singapore after choosing not to do so in 1987, Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said on March 6, 2014. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

Malaysia lost its right to review the price of raw water sold to Singapore after choosing not to do so in 1987, Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said on Thursday.

Singapore thus welcomed the Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman's recent statement that they would honour the 1962 Water Agreement and that any review of water pricing is possible only if Singapore also agreed to it, he added.

Mr Shanmugam was responding to a parliamentary question by Ms Ellen Lee (Sembawang GRC), who had asked whether the bilateral water agreement allowed for Malaysia to raise the price of raw water sold to Singapore at any time before its expiry in 2061.

Singapore's stand, conveyed to the Malaysian government on several occasions, is that neither country could unilaterally change the price of water sold to Singapore, just as neither could change any of the terms of the 1962 agreement.

 
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