Singapore, Malaysia to discuss unresolved issues at retreat, says Dr Mahathir

Dr Mahathir Mohamad meeting Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the sidelines of the Asean summit in Singapore on Nov 12, 2018. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia and Singapore will discuss unresolved bilateral issues during the upcoming Singapore-Malaysia Leaders Retreat, taking place on April 8 and 9, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

Mahathir said talks will take place in a friendly, non-confrontational manner.

“Among the unresolved issues are water, maritime and airspace borders. These will be discussed in a friendly manner.

“We are not going to confront them,” he said in a press conference at his office here today.

Mahathir said he also believes Singapore understands the need to revise the price of raw water.

The retreat is taking place in Putrajaya, where Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will meet Mahathir. It was previously deferred from November.

To another question on whether Malaysia expects to receive money from Singapore, following the Singapore court’s order to return S$15.3 million (RM46.1 million) in 1MDB-linked funds to Malaysia, Mahathir had this to say:

“Our job is to receive the money and to make sure that money came from 1MDB. We cannot accept money that is not ours,” he said.

It was reported in September last year that a Singapore court had ordered the return of about S$15.3 million to Malaysia, a portion of the total cash and assets seized in the city-state as part of an investigation into transactions linked to scandal-hit state fund 1MDB.