Singapore says Malaysia must abide by water deal

Singapore says Malaysia must abide by water dealSingapore urged Malaysia on Monday to fully comply with a water-sharing agreement struck in 1962, after Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he was looking to renegotiate it. Mahathir, in an interview with Bloomberg, criticized the agreement in which Singapore can draw up to nearly 60 percent of its water needs from Malaysia at a fixed price, as being “too costly”, adding that it was an issue “we need to settle” with Singapore. A spokesperson for Singapore’s foreign ministry responded in an emailed statement, saying: “The 1962 Water Agreement is a fundamental agreement that was guaranteed by both governments in the 1965 Separation Agreement which was registered with the UN.

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