The Malaysian Government has announced that it will cease all disputes regarding the 1962 Singapore-Malaysia Water Agreement and accept the terms laid out by Singapore.
This announcement came following a new petition by Rachel Chan calling for Malaysia to cease its “reckless attempts to renege on their bilateral commitments”. Previously, Malaysia had requested a review of water price after Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad cited the 3 Sen per 1000 gallon price Malaysia was charging Singapore.
“We are of the view that the price of 3 sen for 1,000 gallons of raw water was decided in 1926. At that time, the value of 1 sen could buy a lot of goods, but now with 1 sen we can’t buy anything, even with 3 sens we can’t buy anything.”-PM Mahathir
Seeking to avoid international arbitration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs deployed its trump card to seize the upper hand in water negotiations.
In a statement to the press, public offer Mr Jin Tok Kong explained the ministry’s decision to employ the help of Rachel Chan.
“We saw how Miss Chan’s petition to ban Watain from performing in Singapore had achieved its objectives. MHA and IMDA caved in to public pressure and revoked Watain’s permit. Evidently, Miss Chan has the ability to convince large institutions to acquiesce to her demands.”-Mr Jin Tok Kong
Rachel Chan’s petition was subsequently published on change.org and quickly garnered over 20,000 signatures within 24 hours. Overwhelmed by Ms Chan’s skilful rhetoric and ability in mobilising public sentiment, the Malaysian Government decided to forego all its claims to the 1962 Water Agreement.
Malaysian officials have weighed in on this latest development.
“We have dealt with formidable opponents in the past. But Rachel Chan’s unorthodox tactics have left us with no other choice than to lay down our claims and accept the 1962 Water Agreement on Singapore’s terms.”-Mr Mam post, Malaysian Foreign Ministry
“We knew this was a battle we couldn’t win. We weren’t going up against a state but a spiritual force. Frankly, we felt like the Philistines after David killed Goliath.”-Mr Parang, Malaysian Foreign Ministry