1. Ms Yeo Bee Yin, Minister of Energy, Science,
Technology, Environment and Climate Change of Malaysia, visited Singapore from
14 to 15 November 2019, at the invitation of Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for
the Environment and Water Resources Singapore, for the Annual Exchange of
Visits (AEV) between the Environment Ministries of Malaysia and Singapore.
Since 1979, the AEV has facilitated closer ties and co-operation between the
two ministries in environment-related matters.
2. The Malaysian delegation led by Ms Yeo Bee Yin
comprised Deputy Secretary General
Dr Nagulendran Kangayatkarasu and senior officials from the Ministry of Energy,
Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, Department of Environment
and other government agencies.
3. Mr Masagos Zulkifli led the Singapore delegation,
comprising Permanent Secretary Mr Albert
Chua and senior
officials from the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, the National Environment Agency and other
4. The Ministers reviewed
the progress achieved
by the Malaysia-Singapore Joint
Committee on the Environment (MSJCE) which met on 14 November 2019, and
exchanged views as follows:
Control of Vehicular Emissions
The Ministers noted the close bilateral cooperation to reduce
harmful vehicular emissions so as to achieve better
air quality in both countries. They encouraged both sides to continue to exchange information
on policies and identify best practices for controlling vehicular emissions.
Joint Monitoring of Water
Quality in the Straits of Johor
The Ministers agreed on the importance of good water
quality in the Straits of Johor, and encouraged both sides to continue efforts
to improve water quality by implementing measures to control sources of
c) Progress Report on the Monitoring of Ecology and Morphology in and
around the Straits of Johor
The Ministers agreed for both countries to continue exchanging
information on the monitoring of ecology and morphology in and around the
Straits of Johor, for the purpose of conserving the marine biodiversity of both
d) Emergency Response Plan for Chemical Spill at Malaysia-Singapore
Singapore organised the 12th joint field exercise
on 25 September 2019. The Ministers noted the importance of
regular field exercises as a platform for both countries to test and improve
emergency response plans to deal with incidents involving hazardous chemicals.
The field exercise proceeded smoothly, with agencies
from both sides
responding promptly and effectively
to deal with the simulated
chemical spill incident.
Malaysia will be hosting the next chemical spill exercise in 2021.
Emergency Response Plan for
Chemical Spill in the East Johor Strait
The Ministers highlighted the importance of regular joint exercises
to maintain the teamwork between both sides and to facilitate and coordinate
prompt response actions in the event of an accident in the East Johor Strait. Malaysia will be hosting the next
joint field exercise of the emergency response plan for chemical spill in the
East Johor Strait in 2020.
f) Collaboration between Malaysia and Singapore in the Area of Oil
Spill Prevention and Control in the Straits of
The Ministers commended the good collaboration in
information sharing and capacity
building to prevent and control oil pollution in the Straits of Johor, and
noted the discussions on activities to enhance cooperation. The Ministers
encouraged both sides to continue their work in protecting the shared marine
environment from oil pollution.
g) Collaboration in
Training between Environment Institute of Malaysia (EiMAS) and Singapore Environment Institute (SEI)
The Ministers noted the continued cooperation between
the two institutes in exchanging training opportunities and resources, which
has helped environment officers from both sides to further develop their
professional knowledge and skills.
Exchange of Information under
the Settlement Agreement
Both countries discussed and exchanged information
pursuant to the 2005 Settlement Agreement on matters affecting the environment
in and around the Straits of Johor.
The Ministers exchanged views on other matters pertaining to the
transboundary movement of wastes and e-wastes, as well as enhancing
collaboration in new areas.
5. The Ministers discussed land reclamation works and
projects in the Straits of Johor and their potential adverse transboundary
impact. The Ministers agreed that it is important for Singapore and Malaysia to
continue to fulfil their obligations under international law, in particular the
1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. They also reaffirmed
their commitment under the Settlement Agreement to monitor, exchange
information on and discuss matters affecting their respective environments in
the Straits of Johor, including reclamation works with potential adverse
6. The Ministers noted progress in exploring new areas
of cooperation such as climate change, waste management including plastics and
packaging waste, circular economy, industrial pollution and radiation safety,
and looked forward to the conduct of joint cooperation as appropriate.
7. The Ministers expressed concern over the
transboundary haze from land and forest fires in the region which affected the
citizens of Malaysia and Singapore. The Ministers noted the progress made by
ASEAN Member States in addressing the perennial problem of transboundary haze pollution, and urged all parties to renew their commitment to implement the ASEAN
Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (AATHP). The Ministers also agreed to
explore cooperation in Research and Development in the area of peatland fires
prevention and mitigation to find innovative solutions to address the haze
issue in the region.
8. During her visit,
Minister Yeo visited
the Centre for Climate Research
Singapore that undertakes research
on tropical climate
variability and change,
and the associated weather systems affecting
Singapore and the wider ASEAN region.
9. The next AEV in 2020 will be held in Malaysia.
Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore
Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, Malaysia