25 May 2010 Latest update 7.35pm:
Blogger/Journalist Reme Ahmad wrote a good piece regarding this issue. Please click here. I feel somewhat reassured by this article.
Update 5.15pm : Utusan Malaysia carried the latest news on the outcome of this meeting. Basically, the KTM station and land from Tanjong Pagar will be moved to Woodlands. By 2018, Malaysia will leave Singapore altogether as the KTM station will be relocated to Tanjung Puteri in Johor. Do we get a fair compensation on the transfer of the said land? Is this strategic move benefits Malaysia more than it benefits Singapore? The answer/devil is in the details.
Stesen KTMB di Tanjong Pagar berpindah ke Woodlands 2011
SINGAPURA 24 Mei – Malaysia dan Singapura hari ini bersetuju stesen Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd. (KTMB) di Tanjong Pagar di sini akan berpindah ke Terminal Pemeriksaan Kereta Api Woodlands (WTCP) pada 1 Julai 2011.
Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berkata, perpindahan tersebut turut melibatkan pemindahan kemudahan Kuarantin, Imigresen dan Kastam (CIQ) Malaysia juga dari Tanjong Pagar ke Woodlands.
Kedua-dua negara juga bersetuju, katanya, untuk membangunkan sebuah perkhidmatan rel pantas atau sistem transit pantas (RTS)secara bersama bagi menghubungkan Woodlands dan Tanjung Puteri di Johor Bahru, yang bakal beroperasi menjelang 2018.
Apabila, RTS itu dapat beroperasi dengan sempurna, Malaysia boleh menimbangkan untuk memindahkan stesen KTMB dan CIQ Malaysia di Woodlands ke Johor Bahru, tambah beliau. – Utusan
Both instances can be summed as an empathic display on how NOT to run a government.
Today, Malaysia and Singapore will discuss on how to resolve the KTM land in Tanjung Pagar, Singapore.
The Prime Minister, Dato Sri Najib Tun Razak must be firm in our own sovereignty rights and must not be cajoled into doing something which may not be beneficial for Malaysia.
If Singapore says it is going to be a win-win situation, please be wary.
There were so many circumstances during the previous administration that ‘win-win’ often than not proves to be a win-lose situation for Malaysia. Besides the oil blocks fiasco, other win-lose situations such as the cancellation of the scenic bridge and Singapore’s role in Iskandar Malaysia come to mind.
Hence, I wish Malaysia the best of luck today and will pray that Malaysia will not be suckered into agreeing something which will not only cause Najib to lose his job, but worse, losing something beneficial to Singapore due to our own leadership’s stupidity.
Najib-Lee meet expected to resolve KTM land issue
SINGAPORE: The retreat between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong today is expected to pave the way for a resolution on the status of KTM Bhd land here.
Malaysian officials are looking forward to a positive response from the Singapore leader on a Malaysian proposal for a new location for the KTM railway station in Tanjung Pagar.
The KTM land issue has bogged down ties in the past with both sides playing hardball diplomacy and having their own interpretations of the Points of Agreement (POA) signed in 1990, on the terms of development and status of the KTM land that expands from Woodlands in the north to Tanjung Pagar in the south of Singapore.
Under the POA, Malaysia and Singapore, among other things, agreed that the KTM railway station be moved from Tanjung Pagar to a location to be decided later.
However, over the years, negotiations stalled after both sides failed to agree on where the new location should be in Singapore.
Najib, who made his first official visit as Prime Minister a year ago, has made it clear to Singapore that he did not want old issues to drag on.
Wisma Putra, in a statement, said Najib’s visit provided an opportunity for both leaders to cement their personal ties and enhance the cordial relations between both sides. He and Lee will start with a four-eyed meeting before being joined by their Cabinet ministers.
Najib is accompanied by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop and Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Ghani Othman.
Malaysia is also looking south to invest in iconic projects, namely a wellness centre and mixed development township in Iskandar Malaysia.
Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor arrived here on Saturday. They paid their last respects to Singapore’s former Deputy Prime Minister Dr Goh Keng Swee at Parliament House yesterday.
Lee later hosted a dinner for Najib at the Glass Pavillion Resort on Sentosa Island.