MALAYSIA and India will ink a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) by the end of January next year in a move which is expected to significantly enlarge trade flows and hasten the pace of business investments between the two countries.
The CECA, to be implemented by July 1, 2011, is expected to double trade over the next five years, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said yesterday at a joint press conference with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh. 'I am very confident that when this agreement comes into force, we can achieve targets that we have set of US$15 billion by 2015, if not earlier.'
Above water or under it? As speculation continues over whether the proposed MRT extension to Tanjung Puteri will see commuters travelling under the Straits of Johor, Foreign Minister George Yeo reiterated in Parliament yesterday that no decision has been made in that regard.
Responding to a question by Jurong GRC Member of Parliament (MP) Halimah Yacob, Mr Yeo said that both sides will have to carry out engineering studies and cost analysis before such details are finalised.
The link is expected to be built by 2018.
Mr Yeo described the recent land swap agreement between Singapore and Malaysia as a milestone in bilateral relations, which "are now on a different plane",
Pejabat Pelajaran Daerah (PPD) Johor Bahru akan mengadaptasi beberapa elemen murni yang terdapat dalam sistem pengajaran dan pembelajaran (P&P) sekolah rendah dan menengah negara Brunei.
Pegawai PPD Johor Bahru, Aminuddin Adam berkata, antara nilai murni tersebut adalah memberi penekanan kepada kemahiran bersosial dan berkomunikasi antara para pelajar selain sikap bekerjasama dan penyelesaian masalah menerusi aktiviti.
Selain itu jelasnya, satu lagi sikap yang harus dicontohi adalah hubungan pelajar dengan guru begitu akrab dan mesra sehingga mewujudkan suasana yang cukup kondusif semasa belajar.
Efforts are being made based on the understanding concluded in April this year between the prime ministers of Malaysia and Japan in the areas of environment and energy, Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia Masahiko Horie said Friday.
Among the initiatives under the Japan-Malaysia Cooperation for Environment and Energy are smart community, Iskandar low carbon city cooperation, energy conservation cooperation and cooperation in areas of treated water and sewage.
"It's time for the Malaysian authorities to make Putrajaya and Cyberjaya as green townships in order to become smart community townships," Horie said at a press briefing here Friday.
Singapore companies investing in the Johor development region in a big way after POA agreement
Singapore investments in the Iskandar Malaysia development region in south Johor have surged since May, mirroring the increased interest of local companies in Malaysia as a whole.
Ismail Ibrahim, chief executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), told The Business Times in a recent interview that investment commitments by Singapore companies in Iskandar Malaysia came to RM221 million (S$92 million) in the January-May period. In June, an additional RM519 million rolled in, taking the total for the first half of this year to RM740 million.
Terowong dasar laut antara Malaysia dan Singapura adalah antara pilihan yang sedang diteliti oleh kedua-dua negara, bagi merealisasikan perkhidmatan pengangkutan transit aliran deras (RTS) antara Johor Bahru, Johor dan Woodlands, Singapura, seperti mana yang dipersetujui oleh kedua-dua negara dalam pertemuan Mei lalu.
Menteri Pengangkutan, Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha berkata, walaupun ia melibatkan kos yang tinggi, namun ia merupakan pilihan yang lebih mesra alam.
"Kita telahpun mempunyai beberapa pilihan tapi masih perlu duduk berbincang secara serius dengan pihak Singapura untuk dikemukakan dengan perjanjian berhubung cara untuk sama-sama membangunkannya,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas majlis jamuan Hari Raya Aidilfitri di kementerian di sini hari ini.
Malaysia and Brunei on Tuesday agreed that there is good potential for future cooperation between both countries especially beyond Block CA1 and Block CA2 of the Commercial Arrangement Area (CAA) as well as concerning the states of Sabah and Sarawak.
This agreement was achieved at the 14th Annual Leaders's Consultation between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the Sultan of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, which was held at Seri Perdana here Tuesday night.
Also present was Najib's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
According to a joint statement issued here, the future cooperation also involved a possible joint venture with a third country in the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas, and the development of downstream industries.
Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia made a significant step forward in their bilateral relations last night when in the presence of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Malaysian Premier, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak, PetroleumBRUNEI and Malaysia's Petronas signed a Deed of Amendment of the country's deepwater block's Production Sharing Agreement (PSA).
The signing ceremony took place yesterday in Putrajaya as His Majesty and the Malaysian premier met for the 14th Annual Leaders' Consultation.
MALAYSIA and Singapore yesterday sealed the agreement on a land swap involving Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd’s land in the republic.
Both countries mutually accepted each other’s proposals on the deal except on the issue of development charges payable on the three parcels of land under the points of agreement (POA) in Tanjong Pagar, Kranji and Woodlands.
The two countries agreed to refer the charges to arbitration under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his Singapore counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, issued a joint statement after leading their respective delegations to a bilateral meeting at the Istana yesterday.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will make a two-day working visit to Singapore from Sunday.
Prime Minister Najib will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Transport Minister Kong Cho Ha and Menteri Besar of Johor Abdul Ghani Othman.
Singapore's Foreign Ministry said Prime Minister Najib will meet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to follow up on bilateral issues discussed during Prime Minister Lee's visit to Malaysia on June 22 this year.
Prime Minister Lee will also host Prime Minister Najib and the Malaysian Delegation to lunch.