Malaysia’s government vessels have repeatedly intruded into Singapore’s territorial waters off Tuas over the past two weeks, said Singapore’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) on Tuesday (Dec 4).
The vessels were from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and the Marine Department Malaysia.
MOT has lodged a “strong protest” over the encroachment, and asserts that it was a “serious violation of Singapore’s sovereignty and international laws”.
MALAYSIA EXTENDED JOHOR’S PORT LIMITS IN OCTOBER 2018
Malaysia’s Attorney General’s Chambers (MAGC) and the Marine Department Malaysia (MDM) first announced the new port limits in Johor Bahru on 25 October 2018, through a federal gazette, “Declaration of Alteration of Port Limits for Johore Bahru Port”.Had_Pelabuhan_ JohorBaharu_20181025_PUB587
NEW JOHOR PORT LIMITS NOT RECOGNISED BY SINGAPORE
In response to the gazette, the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) wrote in a circular to mariners released Nov 30, 2018, that it “does not recognise the port limits…ship masters and owners of vessels should therefore disregard the Gazette Notification.”
Singapore said it has requested that Malaysia refrain from taking any further unilateral action, and to amend the gazette notification “to reflect the sovereignty of Singapore over the waters in question”.
Watch the video of a close shave between Malaysia’s government vessel and Singapore’s navy ship, RSS Independence:
WATCH: The Republic of Singapore Navy issues warnings to Malaysian government vessels intruding into Singapore territorial waters. (Video: MINDEF)Read: https://observer.news/malaysia/msias-govt-vessels-intruded-into-spore-territorial-waters-mot/
Posted by Observer+ on Thursday, 6 December 2018