SINGAPORE - The Singapore Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday (Feb 19) that the attorneys-general of Malaysia and Singapore met after both prime ministers agreed that officials should have discussions to better understand each other's positions on the right to review the price of water.
However, the ministry said that the meeting in December was overshadowed by new issues. It was responding to media queries in the wake of comments on Tuesday by Malaysia's foreign minister that "negotiations" on the price of water had taken place last month.
The ministry reiterated that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad had "expressed their willingness for officials to have further discussions to better understand each other's positions on the right to review the price of water under the 1962 Water Agreement" during a meeting in Singapore in November.
It added: "The Attorneys-General of both countries subsequently met in December 2018, but their discussions were overshadowed by the new issues that had arisen over the Johor Baru Port Limits and the Seletar Instrument Landing System procedures."