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Singapore expresses concern over reclamation works for Johor man-made island near border

Published on Jun 21, 2014 10:41 PM
A view of the Second Link at Tuas from the Singapore side. The man-made island will reportedly take 30 years to complete. Called Forest City, the development is sited within the Malaysian side of the Johor marine border. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

SINGAPORE today publicly responded for the first time to media reports about massive reclamation works to build a man-made island in the Strait of Johor, below the Second Link on the Johor side of the border off Tuas.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement that Singapore has asked Malaysia to provide more information on the project and that Putrajaya has agreed to do so.

"Given Johor's close proximity to Singapore, we are naturally concerned about any possible transboundary impact on Singapore from property development projects that involve reclamation works in the Straits of Johor," the ministry said, in response to queries from the media.

"There are also international obligations for both Malaysia and Singapore authorities to work closely on such matters."

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