Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli called on Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water His Excellency Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Ongkili on 25 February 2016. Both Ministers agreed that climate change presented challenges to all countries. In recent months, the low rainfall has not been able to keep the water level in Linggiu Reservoir at healthy levels. This can cause salinity intrusion in Johor River, thus disrupting Singapore’s abstraction of its 250 mgd entitlement. Both Ministers agreed in principle to institute regular exchanges between the Ministries to monitor and implement mitigation measures to address this concern and ensure a reliable supply of water for both countries.
Minister Masagos also called on Minister of Natural Resources and Environment His Excellency Dato’ Sri Dr. Haji Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jaafar on 25 February 2016. They welcomed the excellent environmental cooperation between Singapore and Malaysia, and called for greater collective action on tackling the perennial transboundary haze pollution in South-east Asia. Both Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to work together to exchange information and address any potential environmental impact of land reclamation projects in the Straits of Johor.
In addition, Minister Masagos made a courtesy call on Minister of Federal Territories and UMNO Secretary-General His Excellency Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan bin Tengku Mansor.
Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources
25 February 2016