Malaysia, sigh, a country that means many different things to many different Singaporeans.
It ranges from our shiok 1:3 Singdollar-Ringgit exchange, to the endless fights over brainless issues like Nasi Lemak and Cendol, as well as with the more serious stuff like water price and the “crooked bridge”.
First, the airspace issue. The control of the airspace was assigned to Singapore in 1974 by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), or pronounced as “I-K-O”. Weird pronunciation for an organisation that looks after flight safety – while they (ICAO) can “KO”, we sincerely hope that all flights are “OK”. Ok (pun not intended), jokes aside, the key is that ICAO assigns airspace control based on aviation safety and efficiency, not territorial boundaries.
But our dear friend across the Causeway kept insisting that it is a “sovereignty” issue. Please lah! Malaysians really think their airspace is so boleh until we Singaporeans “backside itchy” wanna go fight over it meh? The airspace assignment over parts of other countries is an international norm leh – Malaysians just have to Google and they will have a whole list of countries that have such arrangement.
Imagine if “I-K-O” draws all the airspace boundaries based on territorial sea and land boundaries. That means all the aircrafts flying in and out of Singapore have to do a maximum of 9 G-Force vertical climbs and turns like Tom Cruise in Top Gun because of our very tight airspace. I don’t know if you have the heart to take a SQ flight from Changi Airport doing that sort of climbs and turns. But we know we are not Ng Chee Meng (former RSAF fighter pilot) to take such G-force. But you get the drift right?
In short, when it comes to flights, it is logical to go for safety over “territorial sovereignty”. We don’t want another MH370, please, ok? (purposely rubbing into the Malaysians’ wounds)
If the boleh-land people care so much about “territorial sovereignty”, then what about their recent intrusions into Singapore’s territorial water, with their chiong extension of Johor’s port limits? We doubt those Malaysia’s vessels enter our waters to drop us Christmas gifts right?
And they suka-suka redrew their port limits into ours. Maybe instead of spending time debating about the inclusion of 1MDB scandal in their schools’ history textbooks, the Malaysian MOE should seriously look into beefing up their geography syllabus, especially on territorial boundaries.
The Malaysians’ actions over the airspace and the port limits are tak gel leh. On one hand, they had claimed the importance of their “territorial sovereignty” over the airspace issue, and on the other hand, they have total disregard over others’ territorial waters.
Looks like when it comes to the issue of water, Singapore and Malaysia really cannot get along. We need to be more cool about it and discuss these issues over bottles of NEWater.
Malaysia, truly Asia?
Or maybe the Malaysians really think their tourism slogan of “Malaysia, truly Asia” means that they can suka-suka claim territorial rights in Asia? So much for being the “beacon of hope for democracy in Southeast Asia”, as regarded by some (*cough*, looking at Thum Ping Tjin, Kirsten Han, Jolovan Wham), while they acted like some dictators.
Making MY (get the pun? MY = Malaysia) problem SG problem
While some has claimed that the Singapore Government is not saint either, and has also acted like dictators, we think Singapore is far better off than the boleh-land. At least we don’t export our domestic problems and disturb others’ supposedly peaceful Christmas. It is so clear that Chief boleh-land, Mahathir, is using his same old tricks again – distraction for his domestic issues he can’t solve.
We guess that he is trying to win some “brownie points” from his “foreign battles” (e.g. fights over airspace and port limits with Singapore), because he is losing support of the Malay voters? Reasons? Maybe because his government has recently said that they would not ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). He might have pissed off many of his Malay supporters.
When it comes to the rights of the Malay in Malaysia, don’t play play hor. They will play the Bumiputera card that will swing votes big-time. We are surprised that Mahathir, as a seasoned politician, failed to see that – maybe he needs a new pair of glasses or get his brain checked again due to his age.
“Passion Made Possible”
So, while Dr Mahathir gets checked by another Doctor, we need to make one of our passions possible at the diplomatic front. Which is to chope our airspace and waters, just like how we love to chope seats with our tissue packs at hawker centres.
How to do it? Maybe we need to combine all our tissue packs and place them at our territorial boundaries for the Malaysians to see. More importantly, we need to seriously come together – with or without our tissue packs – and show our neighbour up North that they cannot suka-suka steal our “tissue packs”, and kajiao our peaceful Christmas (and hawker food too).
Just remember our tourism slogan, “Passion Made Possible”. Because we confirm-plus-chop can make this chope-ing passion possible too at the international stage.