PETALING JAYA: Singapore has raised its concerns over Malaysia setting up a permanent Restricted Area for the purpose of military activities over Pasir Gudang, Johor, from tomorrow.
It has proposed a meeting to discuss the matter.
It also said Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat visited Putrajaya yesterday to convey a message to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad on behalf of Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong.
The republic’s transport ministry said the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia published a Notice to Airmen (Notam) on Christmas Day to inform the aviation community of the establishment of the permanent Restricted Area.
“The Restricted Area, being within a controlled and congested airspace, will impact the existing and normal operations of aircraft transiting through the airspace,” it said in a statement issued through the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur today.
“We have raised with Malaysia our concerns over the Restricted Area’s adverse impact on civil aviation.
“Singapore has proposed to meet with Malaysia to discuss its establishment of the Restricted Area.”
Meanwhile, responding to media queries on bilateral meetings between the two countries, a Singapore foreign affairs ministry spokesman said the foreign ministers of both countries would meet in Singapore on Jan 8.
There were also plans for the transport ministers to meet soon, it added.