As tensions run high between Singapore and our closest neighbour regarding territorial waters surrounding the island the Workers’ Party released a statement yesterday.
Their stance towards the issue is reiterated in their press release and they say, “The Workers’ Party stands by our men and women in all our security and enforcement agencies who have been activated to deal with the incursion of Malaysian vessels into Singapore waters. They have our full support”.
They also add that tensions between the two countries, “can be resolved either through bilateral negotiation or through a third-party adjudication process”.
Their full statement:
The Workers’ Party notes with grave concern the deployment of Malaysian Government vessels into Singapore waters off Tuas West.
As fraternal neighbours with a wide-ranging bilateral relationship, both Singapore and Malaysia cooperate on many fronts, including the military front, with exercises and visits by senior personnel to each other’s countries and training areas. There is a deep economic relationship between both neighbours with much more to be potentially reaped for both Malaysians and Singaporeans through economic collaboration. The people of both countries are deeply invested in each other through ties of family and friendship.
In view of this unique and deep bilateral relationship, any disagreement/s on any matter between both countries can be resolved either through bilateral negotiation or through a third-party adjudication process.
Escalatory actions like the unilateral deployment of vessels to engender new facts on the ground are not only unnecessary and provocative, they do not set the right tone for Singapore-Malaysia relations for our people and in particular, the younger generation of Singaporeans and Malaysians.
The Workers’ Party stands by our men and women in all our security and enforcement agencies who have been activated to deal with the incursion of Malaysian vessels into Singapore waters. They have our full support.
The Workers’ Party
8 December 2018