Singapore and Malaysia keep mum over bilateral talks

Updated On: Mar 04, 2005

Putrajaya –SingaporeandMalaysiaannounced on March 1 that they had made “progress” in seeking an amicable solution on outstanding bilateral issues. But both sides did not release details of what was discussed between Singapore Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi when the two met for over two hours at the latter’s office.

In a joint statement, the two sides said they agreed that “it will not be helpful, at this juncture, to publicise the details”.The three-paragraph statement described the talks as “constructive” and said the two men agreed on steps to move the discussion forward.

The meetingwas a follow-up to their first on Dec 13 last year aimed at reviving stalled talks over a number of thorny issues in bilateral relations.

The outstanding issues are the price of water sold toSingapore, the use of Malaysian airspace by the Singapore Air Force, the development of Malayan Railway land inSingapore, the proposed Johor-Singapore bridge and the withdrawal of Central Provident Fund contributions by Malaysians employed inSingapore.

* Progress made in Singapore-KL talks (The Straits Times, March 2)

* Progress in bilateral talks between Malaysia and Singapore (The Star, March 2)