Best of our wild blogs: 10 Apr 19

Reconstructing a Sperm Whale’s Tale
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

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Singapore raises concerns over Johor river, seeks sustainable water supply for both countries

Amir Yusof Channel NewsAsia 9 Apr 19;

PUTRAJAYA: Singapore has raised with the Malaysian government its concerns about pollution in the Johor River as well as its long-term yield, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday (Apr 9), adding that it is in both countries' interests to work together to ensure sustainable water supply.

Mr Lee was speaking at a joint press conference during the leaders’ retreat alongside his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad.

He noted that just last week, Singapore's PUB waterworks at Kota Tinggi was forced to shut operations because of high ammonia levels.

The Johor River had become polluted after a reservoir at a bio-composite centre next to an oil palm refinery in Sedenak burst, causing the contaminated water to flow into the water body.

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Shellfish from Malaysia meets safety requirements for heavy metals: Singapore Food Agency

Channel NewsAsia 10 Apr 19;

SINGAPORE: Samples and tests of shellfish imported from Malaysia meets Singapore's food safety requirements for heavy metals, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said on Tuesday (Apr 9).

Responding to CNA's queries, the agency said that Singapore imported about 40 per cent of its shellfish, including live, chilled, frozen crustaceans and molluscs, from Malaysia last year.

The rest of its shellfish imports are from countries including China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.

SFA's response comes in the wake of reports about the potential risk of heavy metal poisoning from eating shellfish from the Straits of Malacca.

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