JOHOR BARU - Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has thanked Singapore for being "a neighbour and a friend".
In a post on the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page on Thursday night (June 28), Tunku Ismail thanked the Singaporean government for helping Johor when it faced water crises during the times of drought.
"We have always helped each other. May the close ties and friendship forged hundreds of years ago last forever," he said.
Tunku Ismail statement comes days after Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that that Malaysia wants to renegotiate the long-standing water supply agreement with Singapore.
In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Dr Mahathir criticised the 1962 water supply deal with Singapore as "too costly," which came soon after he announced plans to cancel a multibillion-dollar high-speed rail project that would have cut travel time between Kuala Lumpur and the city-state to just 90 minutes.