Singapore’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) said that it has “no objection” if its Malaysian counterparts want to make public the correspondence the two sides have had on the Seletar Airport issue. However, they should release “all correspondence and records of discussions” between both parties, including the latest meeting held on Nov 29 and 30, “for transparency”.
The MOT said this in a statement on Monday (Dec 10), after the Malaysian transport ministry called on Singapore to make public the letters from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) to its Singaporean counterparts on Oct 9, Nov 15, 21 and 28.
“Failing to do so, we are prepared to release the letters for full disclosure of such information for the public’s comprehension of our stand on the same,” Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport said earlier on Monday in a statement.
It added that the MOT’s disclosure of documents relating to the proposed Instrument Landing System (ILS) procedures for Seletar Airport were “only partial and selective with the primary aim of influencing public opinion”.
In response, the MOT said: “We would like to explain that Singapore had released correspondence on Dec 4 to address media queries as to whether the (Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore) had consulted CAAM in December 2017.
“The queries arose from Malaysia’s inaccurate claim earlier in the day that this matter had only come to their attention two months ago.”