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Joint Press Release on the 32nd Malaysia-Singapore Annual Exchange of Visits, 15 November 2019

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 government agencies.

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:

 a)  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.

 

 b)  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 pollution.

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 countries.

 d)  Emergency Response Plan for Chemical Spill at Malaysia-Singapore Second Crossing

 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.

 e)  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 Johor

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.

 h)  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.

 i)  Other Matters

 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 transboundary impact.

 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.

 

 Jointly issued by:

Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore

Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, Malaysia

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