Johor port extension: Dr M says Malaysia has not ‘touched’ Singapore’s border

Ida Nadirah Ibrahim
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaks during the launch of Union of Pos Malaysia Uniformed Staff (UPUS) conference in Shah Alam December 5, 2018. ― Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

SHAH ALAM, Dec 5 — Malaysia is well within its rights to extend the Johor Baru port as it has not trespassed onto Singapore’s territorial waters off Tuas, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

He said the distance from the border can be measured to determine the claims made by the Singaporean government.

“We can measure to see if it is true or not but we had not touched their border.

“We are still within our own waters,” he told reporters when met after launching the Union of Pos Malaysia Uniformed Staff (UPUS) conference, here, today.

Yesterday, Singapore lodged a protest with the Malaysian government over several alleged actions that encroached its borders, and had warned that it will take firm action against intrusions and unauthorised activities in its territorial waters.

Apart from the extension of the Johor Baru port, Singapore claims that vessels from Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and Marine Department Malaysia has repeatedly intruded into Singapore territorial waters over the past two weeks.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke has said that Putrajaya had informed Singapore of its intention to take back airspace over south of Johor in stages starting next yea

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