Not in our mind to turn off the taps: Malaysia's new 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

Malaysia's new foreign minister said yesterday that it "is definitely not in our mind" to turn off the taps as his country looks to renegotiate a water agreement with Singapore.

Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said Kuala Lumpur will honour the 1962 pact - which lets Singapore draw up to 250 million gallons of raw water a day from the Johor River and expires in 2061 - while it seeks to restart negotiations on pricing.

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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 'Not in our mind to turn off the taps: KL minister'. Print Edition | Subscribe