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MALAYSIA'S STATEMENT ON THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE 14TH MEETING OF
THE JOINT MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE FOR ISKANDAR MALAYSIA
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms the postponement of the 14th Meeting of Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia (JMCIM), which was originally scheduled for Monday, 14 January 2019. The reason for the postponement, as conveyed by Singapore vide a Diplomatic Note dated 11 January 2019 was due to the visit by YAB Dato’ Osman Sapian, the Chief Minister of Johor to Johor Bahru port in Malaysian territorial waters on 9 January 2019.
However, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali would still meet his counterpart Mr. Lawrence Wong, the National Development Minister and Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, the Foreign Minister to discuss other bilateral issues between Malaysia and Singapore. This demonstrates that ties between the two countries remain strong.
The meeting will form the next positive step forward after the fruitful bilateral meeting held between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia and Singapore on 8 January 2019. Currently, both Foreign Ministers are in communication and agreed that both sides should remain calm and not sensationalise the matter.
The Ministry is confident that the current momentum of engagement between Malaysia and Singapore will continue and reiterates its commitment to strengthen bilateral relations with Singapore based on equality and mutual respect.
13 January 2019