Singapore, Malaysia suspend implementation of overlapping port limits


On 8 Apr, Singapore and Malaysia have suspended their overlapping port limit claims at 12.01am, a spokesman for the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said.

The suspension is one of the five recommendations in the report of the Working Group on maritime issues surrounding the overlapping Johor Baru port limits off Tanjung Piai and Singapore port limits off Tuas.

Other measures include the suspension of commercial activities in the area and the agreement of not anchoring government vessels there.

In addition, both countries agreed to operate within the area by the international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah agreed to establish a committee by 14 Apr to ensure that the proposed measures are implemented. The committee will then begin the negotiations for the overlapping port limits in the area.

Separately, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad are to meet in Putrajaya on 8 and 9 Apr for the Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ retreat to discuss unresolved issues.

Finally ah, some progression… Always want to find problem with us. This time, the meeting better has some positive outcome.

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