Malaysia, Singapore: Mutual solution to water supply issue

Malaysia, Singapore: Mutual solution to water supply issue

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to find an amicable solution to the issue over the supply of water between the two countries, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

The effort will include the possibility of dispute resolution through arbitration on a mutually agreed basis, he told a packed joint press conference with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after the 9th Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat here.

The water agreement between the two countries was among the issues discussed by Dr Mahathir and Lee in their talks.

The 1962 Johore River Water Agreement, which expires in 2061, requires Malaysia to supply Singapore with 250 million gallons of raw water per day at three sen per 1,000 gallons. Malaysia purchases a portion of the treated water at 50 sen per 1,000 gallons.

Malaysia regards the resolving of the longstanding issue of the water price review as a priority.

— BERNAMA

GLOBAL AGRITECH SUMMIT

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