Malaysia moots meeting with Singapore over airspace, maritime issues

The meeting will look at resolving the Instrument Landing System issues for Singapore’s Seletar Airport. (Facebook pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has proposed to convene a meeting with Singapore to discuss airspace and outstanding maritime boundary issues.

Wisma Putra indicated in a statement that the meeting would also look at resolving the Instrument Landing System (ILS) issues.

“The government of Malaysia today communicated to the government of Singapore on two protest notes, through the Singapore High Commissioner to Malaysia. The first concerned Singapore’s publication of the ILS and ILS Approach Procedures for Seletar Airport on Dec 1, 2018.

“The second relates to the outstanding maritime boundary delimitation issues between Malaysia and Singapore, including the new Johor Bahru port limits and the recent incidents in relation to it,” the statement said.

The issues were raised after Singapore had broadcast its ILS and ILS Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) on Dec 1 without the agreement of Malaysia.

The republic also claimed that Malaysia had recently purported to extend the Johor Bharu port limits in a manner which encroaches into Singapore territorial waters (STW) off Tuas.

The statement also affirmed that the new Johor Bahru port limits were within Malaysia’s territorial waters.

“It is well within the Government of Malaysia’s right to draw any port limit in its territorial sea in accordance with Malaysia’s own national laws. As such, the government of Malaysia refutes the view that Malaysia’s government vessels had intruded into Singapore territorial waters off Tuas,” Wisma Putra said.

Malaysia is confident that both countries acknowledge and value the good and strong bilateral relations as such sentiments were expressed most recently by the prime ministers of both countries during Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s official visit to Singapore last November.

“For this reason, it is important to avoid any act which may lead to escalation and fuel tension,” said the statement.