In a recent Parliamentary session, Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan updated Parliament on discussions with Malaysia on the water agreement.
There are several important points to note:
- Malaysia cannot review the right to review the price of water under the agreement
- However, Singapore is willing to listen but terms needs to be a balance of benefits for both sides
- If there is any review of the price of raw water sold to Singapore, this will also mean a review of the price of treated water sold to Johor.
- There have been recurrent pollution incidents in the Johor River.
- Johor has ever bought more than 4x their entitlement and even on normal days, they usually buy 3x the entitlement. Out of goodwill, Singapore still continues to sell the treated water at the same price.
- Both sides have benefited from these arrangements and need to continue cooperating effectively and urgently to meet the future challenges.
- Singapore has been prepared to hold discussions with Malaysia on these matters related to the 1962 Water Agreement upfront without prejudice to our legal position.
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