Malaysia and Singapore’s quarrel has gone full blown after Minister Vivian Balakrishnan called Malaysia “corrupt and dishonourable”.
Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah made a response yesterday (Mar 12) openly criticisng Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan as “malicious” and “hitting below the belt”:
“That is a malicious accusation, it is hitting below the belt.”
According to the 1962 water contract, Singapore has only price protection of 3 sen (S$0.01) per thousand gallons of raw water supply for 25 years. The Singapore PAP government however twisted the interpretation claiming that a price review is due only at the year of 1987 and not after.
Malaysia Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said Singapore Minister’s English is poor:
“So I don’t understand what English is used by the Singaporean Foreign Minister to interpret it in such a manner.”
The Malaysia Minister also confirmed that they will be going to the international court to settle the water price review:
“If they no longer want to negotiate, then we will bring it to the international arbitration and when we reach such a level, I hope the lawmakers here will give us the support to do so.”