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8/27/2009

Muhyiddin Spoke The Truth, Says Mahathir

August 26, 2009 22:25 PM Muhyiddin Spoke The Truth, Says Mahathir This is the heading in a reply by Mahathir on what Muhyiddin said. So, did Muhyiddin spoke the truth? Muhyiddin said two things. 1. He was persuaded to supply water to Singapore. 2. He said Lee Kuan Yew threatened to go to war with Malaysia if the latter did not supply water to Singapore. Mahathir said 1 is correct and 2 is false. Can I conclude that Muhyiddin said the truth for 1 and did not say the truth for 2? For Mahathir said that if LKY did threaten war with Malaysia, he would be the one to stop supplying water to Singapore. And that is vintage Mahathir and he would do it. Plainly, LKY would be diplomatic enough not to threaten war with Malaysia. Unbelieveable! Read the Bernama report below for the truth or half truth. "KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 26 (Bernama) -- Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has admitted that he had persuaded Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to supply water to Singapore when the latter was the Johor menteri besar. "Tan Sri Muhyiddin spoke the truth about my persuading him to supply water to Singapore but Lee Kuan Yew did not threaten to go to war if we did not supply water. If he had done that, I think I would have stopped any further supply," Dr Mahathir said in an article posted in his blog on Wednesday. Dr Mahathir was commenting on Muhyiddin's statement on Aug 19 that he (Dr Mahathir) had summoned him to attend a meeting with the visiting Singapore prime minister then, Lee Kuan Yew, over gas pipeline and water supply issues in Kuala Lumpur. Muhyiddin had said that during the meeting between Dr Mahathir, the then finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin, Lee and himself, Lee had pressed for adequate water supply to the republic from Johor. "Lee said Singapore was ready to go to war if Malaysia did not want to supply enough water and expressed his regret over the stalled water supply project from Sungai Lingu. "I said we did not have the money and Lee said Singapore was willing to bear the cost and, when completed, the assets will be owned by Malaysia, so Singapore had merely footed the bill," said Muhyiddin. Muhyiddin said this at a ceramah in Tanjung Putus, Bukit Mertajam, during the campaign in the Permatang Pasir state by-election to clarify allegations by the opposition that he (Muhyiddin) had sold a piece of land to Singapore in connection with the water treatment plant in Sungai Lingu, Bandar Tenggara, Johor. Dr Mahathir said in his article he did not know about the sale of land to Singapore but as it was agreed that a treatment plant be built by Singapore in Johor, land would have to be made available. "We were at that time trying to be friendly with Singapore in order to solve several problems. Although raw water would be supplied at 3 sen per 1,000 gallons, the understanding was that in future only treated water would be supplied when our treatment plants would be ready. "We would also not buy any more treated water from Singapore at 50 sen per thousand gallons when our new treatment plant in Johor is ready. "When we no longer needed to buy treated water from Singapore we could raise the price of raw water to Singapore without Singapore being able to raise the price of treated water to us. "However, when we concluded the water supply agreement, Singapore raised a lot of issues regarding our railway land, the CIQ (Customs, Immigration and Quarantine) at Tanjong Pagar, training flights by Singapore warplanes over Malaysia and the Central Provident Fund. "At that stage, I realised that being friendly with Singapore did not pay," Dr Mahathir added." -- BERNAMA

8 comments:

Janice said...

Quarrelling between 2 siblings again? Singapore now uses 40% of water from Malaysia. The rest from recycling, etc. There was this news from asiaone: -Hyflux

Malaysia-Singapore relations were once mired in a crisis because of the water supply issue. Who would have thought that a water treatment company set up by a Malaysian-born woman is today Singapore's largest supplier of water supply systems that not only meets 35 per cent of Singapore's water needs but has also expanded its operations to all over the world, thereby spreading Singapore's reputation worldwide.

Olivia Lum is now a Singapore citizen. Hers is another story of a 'Singapore brand that is made in Malaysia'.

The issue with the siblings never end..

redbean said...

hi janice, nice thought. like they said, the stone the builder rejected is now the cornerstone of the building. we need to thank malaysia for olivia lum.

this is the kind of contradiction in life. you won't know what is adversity or what is good fortune, and they keep flipping from one to the other.

Anonymous said...

Wonder if Malaysians are thankful of the concerns by Singaporeans over and about their(Malaysian) political and Social Developments ?

patriot

redbean said...

i am wondering why no one question muhyiddin's accusation that lky threatened war if malaysia as an untruth? and mahathir had to correct the untruth?

how could muhyiddin heard something that was not said? who is telling the truth, muhyiddin or mahathir?

i am very puzzle how muhyiddin could make such a serious allegation. he is the dep PM.

Anonymous said...

Understand your inquisitiveness in the Issue. People don't talk about it because they treated the Matter as a personal squabbling between two quarrelsome old kids. That was about it, there was/is no need to pay them attention.

patriot

redbean said...

the one who claimed that lky threatened to go to war with malaysia is not an old kid.

redbean said...

the one who claimed that lky threatened to go to war with malaysia is not an old kid and is not short of hearing.

i hope he is not inventing another scarecrow to smack. and if he does not correct this version of the fiction, the malaysian masses may think it is true, that we are a belligerent country.

Anonymous said...

It's just my view that few, Singaporeans or Malaysians, will be bothered.

patriot