Johor prince hopes for win-win solution to bilateral row

Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim flanked by Singaporean Prem Singh (at left) and Malaysian Samsyawal Muhamad. He said that the three of them are good friends and worked well together in the same organisation.
Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim flanked by Singaporean Prem Singh (at left) and Malaysian Samsyawal Muhamad. He said that the three of them are good friends and worked well together in the same organisation.PHOTO: HRH CROWN PRINCE OF JOHOR/FACEBOOK

He expresses desire for S'pore, Malaysia to resolve issues and prosper together

JOHOR BARU • Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said he hopes Malaysia and Singapore can find a "win-win" solution amid disputes over airspace and territorial waters.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, he said: "I hope the countries can find a solution that is a win-win situation to prosper together and not get entangled in unnecessary issues."

He posted a photo of himself flanked by two men - one from Singapore and another from Malaysia.

"On my right is Prem Singh from the Singapore Special Branch. He has been taking care of me for nine years.

"On my left is Leftenan Kolonel Samsyawal Muhamad from the Malaysian Special Forces (Gerak Khas), who was my sniper buddy when I did my Young Officer's course in Pulada (Malaysian army's combat training centre) in 2002. He has been working with me for the last three years," the 34-year-old heir to the Johor crown wrote.

"Here I am in the middle between Singapore and Malaysia. The three of us are good friends, working well in the same organisation," he added.

PROSPERING TOGETHER

I hope the countries can find a solution that is a win-win situation to prosper together and not get entangled in unnecessary issues.

JOHOR CROWN PRINCE TUNKU ISMAIL SULTAN IBRAHIM

Tensions between Singapore and Malaysia have ratcheted up over airspace and maritime border disputes.

Singapore has lodged a strong protest with Kuala Lumpur over its move to extend the Johor Baru port limits to encroach on the Republic's territorial waters off Tuas.

Singapore officials said Malaysian government vessels had also made 14 incursions into Singapore's territorial waters between Nov 24 and Dec 5.

Singapore responded by extending its own port limits, which Malaysia protested against.

Malaysia has also objected to the new Seletar Airport landing procedures, which were scheduled to be enforced on Jan 3, and said it wanted to reclaim management of the airspace over southern Johor, where Singapore has been providing air traffic services since 1974.

 
 

On Thursday, Singapore took steps to ensure that no country can unilaterally initiate third-party arbitration or adjudication on maritime boundary disputes against the Republic.

Singapore informed Malaysia that it has filed a declaration under Article 298(1)(a) of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), as it hopes to resolve such issues through talks.

Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to meet next month to resolve the dispute regarding Singapore's territorial waters off Tuas.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 15, 2018, with the headline 'Johor prince hopes for win-win solution to bilateral row'. Print Edition | Subscribe