True of False: Malaysian DPM Muhiyiddin Yasin claims Singapore was ready to go to war if Malaysia did not want to supply enough water.

Read these two articles from Today, "Muhyiddin denies selling land to Singapore" and from MY.sinchew.com, "DPM denies selling land to Singapore". Almost having the same titles, aren't they? And so are their content, except with this sensitive difference: the Malaysian article from MY.sinchew.com has mentioned about how Singapore's then PM, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew allegedly said Singapore was ready to go to war if Malaysia did not want to supply enough water.

Well, nothing's mentioned about it in Singapore's Today! Why I wonder...if it's not true, can't the word 'alleged' be used? And if it's true, the media should have no problem to quote that in their news, right?

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin Wednesday regretted the allegation by the opposition that he had purportedly sold a piece of land to Singapore when he was the Johor Menteri Besar.

He said he was purposely being slandered so that the people would hate him and the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

"I wish to clarify that (during my tenure as Johor Menteri Besar) I had never sold even an inch of land to Singapore and that this (allegation) is a mere slander," he said at a ceramah at Tanjong Putus in conjunction with the by-election for the Permatang Pasir state seat, here Wednesday night.

The Deputy Prime Minister said they made the allegation because they did not know the actual history that a water treatment plant had existed in the Sungai Lingu area in Bandar Tenggara, Johor.

"I have to reply because the opposition was spreading lies... what actually transpired was when I was the Menteri Besar, I received a call from Dr Mahathir (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) one day," he said.

Muhyiddin said Dr Mahathir had summoned him to attend a meeting with visiting Singapore prime minister then, Lee Kuan Yew over gas pipeline and water supply issues in Kuala Lumpur.

He said during the meeting between Dr Mahathir, the then finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin, Lee and him, 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.

From MY.sinchew.com, "DPM denies selling land to Singapore".

Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has denied an allegation made by the opposition that he had sold a piece of land to Singapore when he was the Johor chief minister.

He said he was being slandered so that people would hate him and the ruling Barisan Nasional government, reported Bernama. "I wish to clarify that I had never sold even an inch of land to Singapore," he said at a by-election rally on Wednesday.

Mr Muhyiddin said those who made the allegation did not know that a water treatment plant had existed in the Sungai Linggiu area in Bandar Tenggara, Johor.

He recalled that when he was Johor chief minister, then-Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad summoned him to attend a meeting with then-Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, to discuss the gas pipeline and water supply issues. He said that during the meeting, Mr Lee had pressed for adequate water supply to the Republic from Johor.

Mr Muhyiddin said: "Lee ... expressed his regret over the stalled water supply project from Sungai Linggiu. 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."

In a 1990 pact signed between Singapore's PUB and the Johor state government, Singapore was allowed to construct a dam across Sungei Linggiu to facilitate the extraction of water from Johor River. Johor was to set aside land for the project.

On its part, Singapore agreed to pay RM320 million ($131.4 million) as compensation for the permanent loss of use of the land and its associated revenue. The cost of building and maintaining the dam would be borne by Singapore. In return, Singapore would buy treated water generated by the new dam.

From Today, "Muhyiddin denies selling land to Singapore".

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