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Singapore wants more information on Johor project: MFA

AsiaOne, The Star/ANN | Sunday, Jun 22, 2014

In response to media queries on Malaysian property development projects involving reclamation works in the Straits of Johor, the MFA Spokesman said:

"Given Johor's close proximity to Singapore, we are naturally concerned about any possible transboundary impact on Singapore from property development projects that involve reclamation works in the Straits of Johor.

"There are also international obligations for both Malaysia and Singapore authorities to work closely on such matters.

"We have asked the Malaysian authorities to provide more information so that we can undertake a study as soon as possible on the impacts of these reclamation works on Singapore and the Straits. They have agreed to do so and we hope to receive the information soon."

Singapore concerned over Johor project

PETALING JAYA: An ambitious project which will see massive land reclamation work near the Johor Second Link has raised eyebrows across the Causeway.

The project called Forest City, which is said to involve several connected islands with a total land size of about 2,000ha - bigger than Pangkor island - could have potential transboundary effects and Singapore is concerned.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has written to his Malaysian counterpart Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak about the project.

This is a follow-up to two third-person notes from Singapore on the matter that were sent to the Foreign Ministry last month.

Another letter was handed to Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Wahid Omar when he was in Singapore for a bilateral meeting recently.

Singapore started voicing its concern after a report appeared in The Star in March on the project by China's Country Garden Holdings Co Ltd and Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor.

The project will involve land reclamation to build luxury homes on man-made islands off Pendas in southern Johor.

So far, there have been no indications of environment impact assessment reports over the projects. However, reclamation of parcels of less than 50ha each do not require EIAs.

Parties close to royalty are believed to be linked to the project, which will be developed over more than 30 years.

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