The Singaporean government has expressed disappointment over Malaysia’s decision not to withdraw vessels said to have encroached into the city-state’s waters.
This followed a statement by Wisma Putra tonight that it was not agreeable to a proposal by Singapore to return to the status quo prior to Oct 25 when Malaysia extended the Johor Bahru Port Limits.
“Malaysia has acknowledged that Singapore’s proposal would have been without prejudice to both sides’ respective positions on the maritime boundary.
“Singapore is hence disappointed that Malaysia is unable to accede to Singapore’s proposal to go back to the status quo ante prior to 25 Oct 2018,” its foreign affairs ministry said.
However, Singapore is “encouraged” that Malaysia would take “effective measures” to de-escalate tensions over the issue and handle the situation in a calm and peaceful manner.
“Singapore also welcomes the Malaysian government’s agreement that officials meet in the second week of January 2019, to exchange views on resolving the Johor Bahru Port Limits issue,” it said in a statement.