Finally, in October 2002, Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad told Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong that Malaysia wanted to “separate the water issue” from the other elements of the package. Prime Minister Goh told Prime Minister Mahathir that as Malaysia wants to end the package`s approach, Singapore needs to look at water and other issues because of their distinct advantages. Saifuddin said Malaysia is working on several water projects in Johor, which the government hopes will make the state completely self-sufficient when it comes to treated water. Shortly after taking office last May, Mahathir called the price of raw water “patently ridiculous” given Singapore`s state of economic development and called for an immediate review of the agreement. Singapore rejected Mahathir`s claims and said Malaysia had waived its right to verify the price in 1987. Singapore`s position has always been that Malaysia has lost its right to review the price of water under the 1962 water agreement. Neither Malaysia nor Singapore can unilaterally change the prices of raw and treated water set by the water agreements. Under the water agreements, Singapore johor pays 3 soft for a thousand gallons of raw water and Johor pays Singapore 50 soft for a thousand gallons of treated water. 50 senses represent only a fraction of the actual cost to Singapore for water treatment, including the construction and maintenance of the entire infrastructure of water treatment facilities. “The Attorney General of Malaysia and Singapore then had their first discussion, during which both sides agreed to the review. In addition, the two sides should have already entered the second phase of the negotiations, during which it would be appropriate to discuss how the new water price would be determined,” Malaysia`s statement said. SINGAPORE: Singapore has been “clear and consistent” in its position that Malaysia has lost the right to review the price of water under the 1962 water agreement, Singapore`s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AMF) said on Wednesday (March 13th).

Linggiu Reservoir is a regulatory reservoir. In dry or tidal weather, more seawater flows along the Johor River. Rainwater collected in Linggiu Lake is released into the Johor River, supplements its river or remakes seawater, allowing for reliable raw water withdrawal from the Johor River.