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Malaysia in transition

Singapore and Malaysia tangle over air and sea sovereignty

Mahathir government wants to regain control over airspace near southern border

Singaporean ships and helicopters patrol the waters around Sentosa Island in June: The city-state has a number of disputes with its northern neighbor, Malaysia.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Singapore and Malaysia are again tussling over territorial issues as Malaysia pushes to regain control of its airspace and territorial waters along its southern border.

"It is now time that we regain our control of airspace in Malaysian territory," Transport Minister Anthony Loke said at a news conference on Tuesday. "Over the years we have upgraded our air traffic control and we are capable to do so."

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