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Tensions between Malaysia, Singapore persist over maritime border dispute

13 December 2018

Tensions between Malaysia and Singapore persist over a maritime border dispute following Kuala Lumpur’s declaration that it would extend the limits of a port in the country's southernmost state of Johor, a move that Singapore views as an encroachment into its territorial waters.

Malaysia’s ‘Declaration of Alteration of Port Limits for Johor Bahru Port’, which was issued on 25 October, “unilaterally and arbitrarily" extended the Johor Bahru Port Limits, said Singapore’s Ministry of Transport in a 6 December statement. The statement argued that such an extension goes even beyond what Malaysia had claimed as part of its territorial waters in 1979, a claim Singapore has not accepted.

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