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Desecuritizing the Water Issue in Singapore—Malaysia Relations

JOEY LONG
Contemporary Southeast Asia
Vol. 23, No. 3 (December 2001), pp. 504-532
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25798564
Page Count: 29
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Desecuritizing the Water Issue in Singapore—Malaysia Relations
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Abstract

A number of scholars have argued that water may be a determining factor sparking armed conflict between Singapore and Malaysia. They highlight Singapore's dependence on Malaysia for half of its water needs (a supply guaranteed by two compacts signed in 1961 and 1962), and speculate that if Malaysia prematurely abrogates the agreements, water-stressed Singapore will have no qualms about invading its neighbour to secure access to the water stocks. This article examines Singapore's water situation and argues that the prevailing scholarship is too alarmist. It maintains that Singapore has the means to achieve a measure of water self-sufficiency and is not vulnerable to Malaysia's use of the water link as leverage. Consequently, scholars should begin to regard the water issue between Singapore and Malaysia as desecuritized.

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