In response to media queries on recent Malaysian press reports on the reclamation issue, an MFA Spokesman said:
"At first, we were told that we were encroaching on Malaysian territory. After Singapore rebutted this claim, we are now told that our reclamation, which is entirely within our sovereign waters, may affect their shipping. These claims are unfounded in international law.
Singapore reiterates that the reclamation is carried out entirely within Singapore's territory and all reclamation works are done within our rights and in keeping with international law."
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
9 MARCH 2002