JOHOR BAHRU, Jan 12 – Less than two days after a bilateral talk on maritime and airspace boundary disputes was held, Singapore today claimed that five Malaysian vessels entered its waters.
In a report on the republic’s news portal, five vessels allegedly entered the waters off Tuas which were carrying the entourage of the Johor Menteri Besar, Datuk Osman Sapian, during a visit to the Malaysian Marine Department’s asset MV Pedoman yesterday.
The report also posted some pictures, courtesy of the Singapore Police Force, of the vessel which Osman was on taken from a distance.
“Five Malaysian vessels were in Singapore waters off Tuas at 6pm on Wednesday, a day after both countries agreed to set up working groups to address maritime disputes.
“Two ships remain in Singapore waters at 6pm Thursday (yesterday), said the Maritime Port Authority (MPA) when answering questions by the media,” the report said.
At press time, NSTP is still trying to reach Marine Department for comments.
Earlier, Osman posted a statement on his Facebook page over his visit to MV Pedoman and meeting officers and personnel on board the mothership of the Marine Department at the border of Malaysian-Singapore waters.
“Captain Mohamad Azlan Aziz also explained the disputed boundaries.
“I would like to express my highest gratitude for the services and sacrifices of security personnel and civil servants who are committed to controlling and securing our waters,” he said.
On Tuesday, the foreign ministers of Malaysia and Singapore concluded a meeting held to resolve maritime and airspace boundary disputes involving the two neighbouring countries.
In the meeting, Malaysia had agreed on a one-month postponement of Malaysia’s permanent restricted area (RA) over Pasir Gudang airspace and Singapore’s implementation of the instrument landing system (ILS) procedures for Seletar Airport.