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SINGAPORE -- Malaysia's high commissioner to Singapore said
progress has been made in resolving a heated spat over water between
the neighboring countries, a newspaper reported.
The city-state of Singapore gets more than half its water by
pipeline from much-larger Malaysia under agreements made in 1961 and
Under the deals, Malaysia sells raw water to Singapore for 3
Malaysian sen (US$0.01) per 1,200 gallons.
Malaysia says the price is far too low, but Singapore says
Malaysia missed its chance to make changes when the prices were up
for review in the mid-1980s.
``There has been quiet progress being made outside of media
reactions,'' said N. Parameswaran in an interview with The Straits
Both countries' governments took out advertisements in
international newspapers and published booklets to give their
respective arguments on the issue.
Singapore and Malaysia were united briefly in 1963, after their
independence from Britain, but they split two years later amid bitter
political differences. They've repeatedly bickered over numerous
issues from water sales to military airspace.
``You get angry from time to time. So what? It happens to
friends,'' the paper quoted Parameswaran as saying. ``A bad taste
remains for some years after divorce.''
To help mend fences, he suggested bringing back friendly sporting
events between the two countries' civil services -- a staple of the
relationship in the 1970s and 1980s.
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