On August 3, 1965, a fourth meeting was held in Tun Razak`s office, with the participation of Dr. Goh. Tun Razak confirmed that Malaysian Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman was in favour of the separation plan. In 1990, PUB and the Johor State Government signed an agreement to build the Linggiu Dam to increase the yield of the Johor River to allow a reliable abstraction of the full claim of PUB to 250 million gallons of water every day. This agreement completed the 1962 water agreement. The first water agreement was signed in 1961 and expired in August 2011. Under the agreement, Singapore had the right to purchase an unlimited amount of raw water from the Tebrau and Scudai rivers. In return, the agreement provided that Singapore would provide Johor with 12% of the water we import. When the 1961 water agreement expired on August 31, 2011, Singapore handed over to the Johor State Government the Gunong Pulai and Scudaï water station and the Pontian and Tebrau pump houses, which we had operated and maintained at our own expense. These facilities were given to them free of charge and in impeccable order. On the eve of August 9, 1965, Lee Kuan Yew prepared the coded messages to be sent to three Commonwealth Prime Ministers to inform them of the separation. The first sentence of the message to the Australian head of state was: "If you have deciphered this message, you will know that the Tunku has announced, and I have accepted, while proclaiming Singapore as a distinct and sovereign nation." In the memoirs of Tun Dr. Ismail, then Malaysian Minister of the Interior, who later became Deputy Prime Minister, Dr.
Ismail, as a first-hand witness and participant in these historical developments, noted that "despite what was supposed, Singapore`s separation from Malaysia was consensual." Mr. Lee`s demand for unity amidst diversity in our multiracial society remains relevant half a century later. Fifty years later, as we approach the Jubilee Year of Independence, it is time to revisit the events that led to the separation of 9 August. Other ministers, such as Dr. Toh Chin Chye and Mr. S. Rajaratnam, were also persuaded to accept the separation decision. Amid the diversity within the Singapore cabinet, a consensus has been reached.
In the morning, Mr. Lee explained to the representatives of the British, Australian, Indian and New Zealand High Commission the reasons for the separation. The development of the agreement on the separation of Singapore from Malaysia began in July 1965, on the instruction of Mr. Lee. The 1965 Singapore Independence Agreement was signed and dated 7 August. From July to August 1965, the Minister of Justice prepared Singapore. In the oral history interview with the National Archives, Mr. Barker said: "In mid-July 1965, I was called to his post by the Prime Minister.
He asked me if I thought we could ask our Attorney General to work out an agreement on Singapore`s separation from Malaysia and if we could keep it a secret. I replied that the Attorney General was the best man for the job, but I was afraid that others would be aware of the proposal. The Prime Minister then asked if I could draw up the agreement. I said I was going to try. Dr. Goh noted that Tun Razak and Dr. Ismail agreed with the separation. "In fact, they themselves had concluded that Singapore should withdraw.