Same meeting but different outcomes? Singapore and Malaysia transport ministers post different accounts of their meeting

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On January 23, Wednesday, Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan and his Malaysian counterpart Anthony Loke have met to discuss the airspace issue but something does not add up when they post different details of their meeting in their respective Facebook profiles.

According to Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, he had a “heart-to-heart discussion” with Anthony Loke and both will meet again after the Lunar New Year in order to address the airspace issues. Meanwhile, he has suggested for an extension of the suspension of Malaysia’s Restricted Area over Pasir Gudang and Singapore’s Instrument Landing System procedures at Seletar Airport which would buy them some time to reach a win-win solution. From there, Anthony Loke will relay the suggestion back to his Cabinet Colleagues.

His full post below:

“I just had a heart-to-heart discussion with Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke in Singapore. This is the third time we meet, after previous ones in Putrajaya and Bangkok last year. Minister Loke and I will meet again, after the Lunar New Year, to continue the airspace discussion. Meanwhile, I suggested that we extend the mutual suspension of Malaysia’s Restricted Area over Pasir Gudang and Singapore’s Instrument Landing System procedures at Seletar Airport, to give our officials more discussion time to reach a win-win outcome. He will take my suggestion back to his Cabinet Colleagues.”

I just had a heart-to-heart discussion with Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke in Singapore. This is the third…

Posted by Khaw Boon Wan on Wednesday, 23 January 2019

On the other hand, Anthony Loke’s version of the meeting wasn’t quite on the same page as Singapore’s Transport Minister’s. Loke said that their “fruitful and constructive” meeting has reached an agreement on a “way forward” to solve the airport issue. He also added that the Civil Aviation Authority of both countries will continue to discuss the technical aspects of the agreement.

His every word went as follows:

“Had a fruitful and constructive meeting with the Singapore Minister for Transport, Mr Khaw Boon Wan this morning. We agreed on the way forward to solve the Seletar airport issue and the Civil Aviation Authority of both countries will continue the discussion on the technical aspects.”

Had a fruitful and constructive meeting with the Singapore Minister for Transport, Mr Khaw Boon Wan this morning. We…

Posted by Anthony Loke Siew Fook on Wednesday, 23 January 2019

The question is: have an agreement been met and a solution found or not?