Singapore waiting for Malaysia’s response on reclaimed land


(NST) – The Singapore government has responded in the republic’s parliament today that it has not officially received any report and also Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) from Malaysia concerning two land reclamation projects in the Johor Straits here.

Singapore Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Grace Fu confirmed that Singapore has not received an official response and EIA reports from Malaysia.

This response follows last week’s approval for the RM600 billion mixed-development Johor Forest City project to go ahead by the Department of Environment (DOE) to the developer after close to six months.

However, the suspended project, which is located close to the Second Link, will be scaled down to about 30 per cent from 1,978 ha to 1,368 ha based on recommendations made by the DOE.

Another reclaimed land project that the Singapore authorities are concerned about is the Tanjung Puteri or Princess Cove development which is located near the Sultan Iskandar Building’s Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex and Causeway.

Last year, it was reported that Singapore had protested on Johor’s reclaimed land projects, citing that it is near the border and may have an effect on the environment.