S'pore & M'sia transport ministers Khaw Boon Wan & Anthony Loke meet, post different accounts of meeting

Has an agreement been reached or not?

Sulaiman Daud | January 23, 2019, 05:42 PM

The meeting between the Transport Ministers of both Singapore and Malaysia finally took place.

On Jan. 23, Singapore's Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan posted on Facebook about his meeting with his Malaysian counterpart, Anthony Loke.

The two were all smiles in the photo, as Khaw spoke of the "heart-to-heart" discussion that took place.

Khaw suggested a mutual extension of ILS and Restricted Area

Details were scarce, with Khaw revealing two things:

  • He suggested a mutual extension of the suspensions of both the Restricted Area over Pasir Gudang in Southern Johor, and the Instrument Landing System (ILS) at Seletar Airport.
  • He suggested another meeting after the Lunar New Year.

The mutual extension is intended to give both sides more time for discussions to reach a "win-win outcome".

Khaw wrote that Loke agreed to take the suggestions back to his Cabinet for his own discussion with his colleagues.

Loke claims they have agreed on the way forward

Loke posted his own message on Facebook, complete with his own photo of the pair.

Even though his post said it was a "fruitful and constructive" meeting with Khaw, its content was slightly different.

Loke said: "We agreed on the way forward to solve the Seletar airport issue and the Civil Aviation Authority of both countries will continue the discussion on the technical aspects."

The Malaysian added that the Civil Aviation Authorities of both countries will continue the discussion on the technical aspects.

This implies that Singapore and Malaysia might have reached some kind of a tentative agreement, even if details are not forthcoming.

However, this was not stated in Khaw's post.

In fact, Khaw's suggestion of extending the mutual suspension to continue discussions implies that an agreement had not yet been reached by both countries.

Because of the differing Facebook posts, it is unclear at the moment as to the progress made in the discussions so far.

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