Singapore has reiterated yesterday that any unilateral move by Malaysia to demolish its half of the causeway and replace it with a half-bridge will bring about serious implications, “however scenic” the bridge may be.
Foreign Minister George Yeo said the republic had explained the matter to Kuala Lumpur through a third party note.
Yeo made the remark in Parliament in response to the issue raised by MPs during the debate on the 2006 budget.
In January, Malaysia said it was going ahead with the plan to replace its side of the causeway with a crooked half-bridge, to be known as the “scenic bridge”, after talks between the two countries had dragged on without any conclusion.
To a suggestion that both sides tackle first the “the low hanging fruits” in resolving the outstanding bilateral issues between Malaysia and Singapore, Yeo said: “Some are on our tree and some are on theirs. We have to decide what is the correct balance of fruits to be plucked, otherwise no fruit can be plucked at all”.
Yeo said Singapore’s relations with Malaysia were good as they rested on “a bedrock of common history and common interests”.
One recent example was the manner in which the police of both countries cooperated in tracking down a Singaporean man who was on the republic’s wanted list in connection with the murder of a nightclub owner here on Feb 15.
The man was arrested by the Kuala Lumpur police on Saturday and extradited to the republic on Wednesday.
On the overlapping claim by Singapore and Malaysia on Pedra Branca or Pulau Batu Putih, Yeo said the case before the International Court of Justice was expected to be heard next year.
“Both sides have already put in their written submissions,” he said. – Bernama