No confirmation from Malaysia on land reclamation: Grace Fu

No confirmation from Malaysia on land reclamation: Grace Fu

SINGAPORE - Singapore has not received any official confirmation from Malaysia regarding two controversial land reclamation projects in the Straits of Johor, said Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Grace Fu in parliament today.

"Singapore has yet to receive the Malaysian government's official response on this issue, including the finalised Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports. We are seeking clarifications from Malaysia and have reiterated our request for Malaysia to provide the finalised EIA reports, and all relevant information, expeditiously, prior to the commencement of such works," she said.

The Straits Times said Ms Fu raised this issue after media reports last week announced that work has resumed for both the Forest City Project and Princess Cove.

Channel NewsAsia reported that both projects were suspended last year, after Singapore voiced concerns on the potential transboundary impact.

Ms Fu added that according to international law, both countries must share EIA reports on all works before projects commence. "We have not received the report and we are working with our Malaysian counterparts to obtain the report as soon as we can and we will study the report seriously," she said.

debwong@sph.com.sg

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