No reason for Singapore to complaint

Posted: 30 May 2014 04:39 AM PDT

A massive land reclamation and development project backed by the Johor royal household ‎is causing a wrinkle in the close Malaysia-Singapore ties, the Edge Review reported today.

Quoting sources in its Informer column, the paper reported that China's Country Gardens Holding Co Ltd has secured rights from the Johor government to reclaim as much as 2,000 hectares of land on the Johor coast for a luxury residential project.

The multi-billion dollar project will extend the Johor coast around the so-called Second Link right up to the edges of the boundary separating Malaysia and Singapore. The Malaysian side of the Johor-Singapore link is creating unease in the island state.

Why must it create unease? Johor has every right to the reclamation project and it is not meant to spy on the republic!

Taking a look at the area (Google map), Singapore has been doing it on a vast area over the last two decades, including stretching it to Woodlands and its front line facing Johor. Have Johor or Malaysia complained about it?
It quoted sources as saying that Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Ismail Sultan Iskandar is behind the project, which is being actively promoted by powerful politicians in Johor.
It further said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was facing a serious dilemma on how to deal with concerns raised by Singapore.
There are potential hurdles to the planned Johor development.
Malaysian environmental rules stipulate that reclamation projects involving areas exceeding 50 hectares must carry out environmental impact assessments before development can proceed.
To circumvent this legal requirement, the promoters of the Johor development have proposed dissecting the reclaimed area with canals.
While environmental issues come under Putrajaya's purview, all land matters fall under the jurisdiction of the state government.
Although Singapore has yet to publicly raise any concerns over the project, the Edge Review reported that the republic's diplomatic feathers have been ruffled.
Singapore too has no say in it when they themselves have been carrying out continuous reclamation work around its territory. So, is there any valid reason to complaint about Johor?

Or is there any Malaysian parties trying to heat up our good bilateral relations with the republic? Is it anything to do with the Sultan's instruction for the state government to take back Pulau Batu Puteh from Singapore?

Sultan Ibrahim yesterday instructed the Johor state government to set up a special team to consider making an appeal against the decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Pulau Batu Puteh.

He said the move was in accordance with his late father Almarhum Sultan Iskandar's instruction that the island belonged to Johor and that it must remain as part of the state of Johor.


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