Malaysia to hand over report to Singapore

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 08 Jan 2003

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia will hand over “very soon” its scientific report on the effects of the reclamation works carried out by Singapore around Pulau Tekong in the Johor Straits. 

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said Singapore had earlier requested for such a report to support Malaysia's claims of adverse effects. 

“We hope that after submitting the report, the island republic will take cognisance of this report.  

“This scientific research was carried out by us with the view to conduct foreign relations in a proper manner,” he told reporters after handing over a US$50,000 (RM190,000) humanitarian assistance to Ecuadorean ambassador Dr Marco Tulio Cordero Zamora at his office here yesterday. 

Syed Hamid was commenting on the stance taken by Singapore to continue with its reclamation works despite objections from Malaysia of the project’s adverse effects on the environment, ecology and maritime access in the surrounding waters. 

Singapore had claimed that the reclamation was well within its territory.  

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