Talks the best solution, says Pak Lah

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 10 Jan 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: Having talks is the best way to ease tension between Malaysia and Singapore following disputes over bilateral issues, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. 

The Prime Minister, who is also Umno acting president, said it was important that Malaysia maintained good bilateral relations with its neighbouring countries. 

Abdullah, who was speaking after chairing the first Umno supreme council committee meeting for this year at the Putra World Trade Centre yesterday, will visit Singapore on Monday.  

Long-standing bilateral problems had created tension between the two neighbours. 

The sources of tension include the price of raw water Malaysia supplies to the island republic, a bridge linking the countries, the use of Malaysian airspace by Singapore aircraft and ownership of Pulau Batu Putih. 

Asked whether the Government had plans to repeg the ringgit against the US dollar, Abdullah said the country had no plans to do so. 

“We have no such plans as we still have confidence in the present system.” 

It was reported on Thursday that the International Trade and Industry Ministry was closely watching the market trend over the long term to determine whether there was a need to review the current exchange rate. 

On where the Bakun hydro-electric project would get the resources to continue with construction work, Abdullah said: “We have already allocated money for Bakun.” 

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