Ghani: Singaporeans still streaming into Malaysia


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 09 Jan 2003

JOHOR BARU: Strained between Singapore and Malaysia resulting from the overlapping claims on Pulau Batu Puteh and the water price issue has not affected the social relationship between citizens of both countries. 

Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said despite the seemingly strained relationship between governments of both countries, Singaporeans were apparently not bothered about the situation. 

“I have noticed that there has been a steady flow of Singaporeans into Malaysia, particularly Johor. 

“This is obvious, especially when it is a public holiday in the republic, with hundreds of thousands of Singaporeans flocking to Johor Baru for various purposes. 

“I believe this is the result of our friendly attitude towards them,” he told newsmen after chairing the weekly state exco meeting yesterday. 

Ghani said it was the Singapore Government which often created a situation that could sour the social ties between its citizens and Malaysians. 

“They (the government) always think of the negative things each time we decide or do something, the latest being our decision to stop buying treated water from them in the middle of this year. 

“Our decision has been described as being unfriendly, when the truth is we can get treated water from our new RM500mil dam in Semanggar which is scheduled for completion in July,” he added.  

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