Workers' Party says Malaysia's actions are provocative

The Workers' Party has criticised Malaysia's ongoing incursion into Singapore territorial waters off Tuas as 'unnecessary' and 'provocative', and said it stands by the Singapore officers deployed to deal with the matter. This is the text of its statement.

A Singapore Police Coast Guard vessel (far right) patrolling Singapore's territorial waters last Thursday.
A Singapore Police Coast Guard vessel (far right) patrolling Singapore's territorial waters last Thursday. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

The Workers' Party notes with grave concern the deployment of Malaysian government vessels into Singapore waters off Tuas West.

As fraternal neighbours with a wide-ranging bilateral relationship, both Singapore and Malaysia cooperate on many fronts, including the military front, with exercises and visits by senior personnel to each other's countries and training areas.

There is a deep economic relationship between both neighbours with much more to be potentially reaped for both Malaysians and Singaporeans through economic collaboration. The people of both countries are deeply invested in each other through ties of family and friendship.

In view of this unique and deep bilateral relationship, any disagreement/s on any matter between both countries can be resolved either through bilateral negotiation or through a third-party adjudication process.

Escalatory actions like the unilateral deployment of vessels to engender new facts on the ground are not only unnecessary and provocative, they do not set the right tone for Singapore-Malaysia relations for our people and, in particular, the younger generation of Singaporeans and Malaysians.

The Workers' Party stands by our men and women in all our security and enforcement agencies who have been activated to deal with the incursion of Malaysian vessels into Singapore waters. They have our full support.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 09, 2018, with the headline Workers' Party says Malaysia's actions are provocative. Subscribe