Singapore to study potential impact from Johor reclamation

SINGAPORE, July 9 (Bernama) -- Singapore will conduct relevant studies to ascertain how two reclamation projects in the Straits of Johor will impact the city state.

Speaking in the Parliament Thursday, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Masagos Zulkifli said Singapore was very concerned about the potential transboundary impact on the republic from reclamation projects in Malaysia that were in close proximity.

The two reclamation projects are by Country Garden Holdings Company Ltd and Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor in the western Straits of Johor, also known as Forest City; and the second is by Guangzhou R&F Properties Company Ltd in the vicinity of Johor's old customs, immigration and quarantine complex by the Causeway, also known as R&F Princess Cove.

Masagos said Singapore was not given prior information on these reclamation projects.

"In this regard, we have, on a number of occasions, registered our concerns with Malaysia regarding these projects.

"We have requested for all relevant information on all their reclamation and construction works, including the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports and projected timelines for their completion, for our further study and consideration," he said.

These were conveyed through letters from the National Environment Agency or NEA to its Malaysian counterpart, and through third party notes, which are formal diplomatic correspondence between governments.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke and wrote to Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on this matter, whilst Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan also wrote to his co-chair of the Malaysia-Singapore Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia, Minister in the Malaysian Prime Minister's Office Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar, to express Singapore's concerns.