Singapore Water Agreement With Malaysia
- Posted on April 12, 2021
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Members may not be aware of any additional fact, namely that Tan Sri Muhyiddin (Yassin) played a key role in the role of Menteri Besar de Johor at the time, and Prime Minister Emeritus Goh (Chok Tong) just announced to me that they did have a final round of negotiations in the NOL penthouse at the time. In 1990, PUB and the Johor State Government signed an agreement to build the Linggiu Dam to increase the yield of the Johor River to allow a reliable abstraction of the full claim of PUB to 250 million gallons of water every day. This agreement complemented the 1962 water agreement. Malaysia has built a dam along the Johor River near Kota Tinggi to prevent seawater from entering upstream and prevent water capture from the Johor River. Members may not see how shallow the Johor River is and the seawater comes from the strait to Kota Tinggi. That lock helped. I have had some preliminary discussions over the past few months about two meetings with my Malaysian counterpart at the time, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, in December 2019 and January 2020. In 1994, the Linggiu Dam was built upstream of the Johor River and collects and releases rainwater. This allows seawater to be pushed back to the sea, which ensures that the river water is not too salty to be treated. It is operated by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) in Singapore.  PUB and its counterpart in Johor, Badan Kawalselia Air Johor (BAKAJ), have a close relationship.
PUB and BAKAJ meet regularly and conduct useful discussions on current weather trends, water levels at various dams and dams in Johor and plans for the development of water resources. PUB and BAKAJ are also working closely together on the Johor River Dam project. The Johor River Dam, in operation since August 2016, helps prevent the use of saline and improves the reliability of the Johor River water supply, benefiting Singapore and Johor. The Linggiu Dam is a regulatory reservoir. In times of drought or flooding, more seawater hangs along the Johor River. Rainwater collected from the Linggiu Dam is released into the Johor River to supplement its river or recede seawater, allowing a reliable collection of raw water from the Johor River. Singapore`s position, long defended by foreign ministers, is that Malaysia has lost the right to review water prices under the 1962 water agreement.