KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah says it is important for Malaysia and Singapore to reach an agreement over airspace issues, following a bilateral meeting with his Singapore counterpart which saw measures agreed on by both sides.
“That is more important to me,” he told reporters here last night.
He said the next course of action after the one-month postponement of Malaysia’s permanent restricted area over Pasir Gudang airspace and Singapore’s implementation of the instrument landing system (ILS) procedures for Seletar Airport would depend on further discussions between the two countries.
He added that the move by Singapore and Malaysia to name the individuals who would lead these discussions, for which a timeline has been set, showed there was already agreement between the countries.
The immediate and simultaneous one-month postponement was announced in a joint statement issued after Saifuddin’s meeting with Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, to discuss the airspace and maritime disputes.
They also agreed that transport ministers from both countries should meet soon for discussions on the restricted area and the Seletar Airport ILS procedures to ensure the safety and efficiency of civil aviation.
On the maritime issues surrounding the Johor Bahru and Singapore port limits, the two ministers agreed to establish a working group headed by the permanent secretary of the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chee Wee Kiong and the secretary-general of the Malaysian foreign ministry, Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob.
The working group is to report to the foreign ministers within two months.