According sources in the shipping industry, preliminary investigations are now pointing to the Singapore government being the chief culprit arranging for the incident as a case to drive Malaysia out of the disputed Johor Straits waters.
It is no coincidence, Greece is a bankrupted country with 178.6% of its GDP in government debt. Likely chances are that the Singapore dictatorship could have deliberated the sea incident on Saturday (Feb 9), as a form of debt payment.
In the incident at the disputed waters, the first respondent was the Singapore state media who had their cameras prepared for the incident. A video was uploaded by the Singapore state media, Straits Times, almost immediately after the incident at 2.26pm. See video here:
A check with the vessel speed revealed that the Greek ship informed the Malaysian ship that they will steer clear. The Greek crews slowed down the vessel 50 minutes before, but they did not change the course – ostensibly to minimise damage on the deliberate contact.
The Singapore government also issued an inaccurate press release stating the time of collision at 2.28pm – which is likely an arranged ETA time for the “incident” arranged between the Singapore government and its debtor. The Singapore authorities, after all, were the first respondent and even had a video: how could they get the time wrong then?
The Greek vessel was previously docked at Singapore, and chances are the crews have taken bribes to arrange the crash as the ship set off in Polaris’s direction, and timing the crash by differing its sailing speed.
The Singapore authorities, who claimed that the incident took place in their waters, did not attend to the incident – as if they already knew that the crash is nothing serious and there would be no injuries or life-threatening mishaps.
Investigators are now looking up finances of the Greek ship owner, Chronos Shipping, and the interactions of the crews at the Singapore harbour.
The Singapore government yesterday (Feb 10) issued a warning demanding the Malaysian government to withdraw their ships from the disputed waters, and pushed all fault to Malaysia for “threatening” safety in the waters:
“The persistent presence of its vessels clearly poses a threat to safety of navigation in the area. As we have said previously, Malaysia will be responsible for any untoward situations on the ground that arise from continued deployment of its vessels into this area.”
The Singapore government had previously extended its territorial map by claiming the newly-reclaimed Tuas industrial areas as basis. This is however unrecognised by international laws as artificial islands do not extend one country’s water territories.
The territorial dispute however is actually an economical fight, as Malaysia just upgraded its Johor port to directly compete with Singapore over the lucrative container shipping business. The two country sit in the Malacca Straits which see vessels carrying at least US$600 billion of oil every year.