Malaysia will honour water deal with Singapore, says Foreign Minister

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, who is due to visit Singapore next week, said the Republic has "done a good job" in maintaining religious harmony that his country can learn from.
Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, who is due to visit Singapore next week, said the Republic has "done a good job" in maintaining religious harmony that his country can learn from.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

But it seeks to restart talks on pricing; he calls KL-S'pore High-Speed Rail the pressing issue

Malaysia will honour the water agreement with Singapore while seeking to restart negotiations on pricing, said Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, who described discussions over the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) as the "immediate and urgent" concern between the two neighbours.

Datuk Saifuddin, who is due to visit Singapore next week for a meeting of Asean foreign ministers, waved away concerns about "turning off the taps", saying such a move "is definitely not in our mind".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 25, 2018, with the headline 'Malaysia will honour water deal, says Foreign Minister'. Print Edition | Subscribe