‘Malaysia, S’pore ties stronger’ 52 years on

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KUALA LUMPUR: Ties be­tween Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore have grown stronger over the 52 years fol­low­ing the repub­lic’s in­de­pen­dence on Aug 9, 1965, said Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.

He said many fac­tors bound the na­tions’ ties closer, in­clud­ing their shared his­tory, close ge­o­graph­i­cal prox­im­ity , the fact that both na­tions joined Asean on Aug 8, 1967 and the repub­lic’s de­pen­dence on water and raw ma­te­rial from Malaysia.

“Sin­ga­pore is Malaysia’s sec­ond largest trad­ing part­ner af­ter China. Last year, the total trade be­tween the coun­tries amounted to RM190.16 bil­lion, or 13 per cent of Malaysia’s total global trade that year,” said Salleh on his blog (sskeruak.blogspot.my) in con­junc­tion with the 52nd an­niver­sary of the repub­lic’s in­de­pen­dence.

The repub­lic gained in­de­pen­dence in 1965 af­ter ex­it­ing the Fed­er­a­tion of Malaya, which was formed on Sept 16, 1963.

Salleh added that Sin­ga­pore was also a ma­jor in­vestor in Ban­dar Iskan­dar Malaysia, Jo­hor with an in­vest­ment of RM11 bil­lion.

“Sin­ga­pore and Malaysia have worked to­gether in many other fields. For in­stance, the two coun­tries are work­ing on the de­vel­op­ment of the Kuala Lumpur-Sin­ga­pore High-Speed Rail and are work­ing closely in ad­dress­ing mil­i­tant and cross-bor­der crimes.”

Salleh, how­ever, said there were times the coun­tries faced is­sues that needed to be ad­dressed pru­dently in or­der to pre­vent con­tin­u­ous con­flict.

“For in­stance, the cases of the water agree­ment (be­tween Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore), the Malayan Rail­way, Cen­tral Prov­i­dent Fund, the dis­pute over Pu­lau Batu Pu­tih and sea recla­ma­tion.

“All th­ese cases have been re­solved am­i­ca­bly,” he said.

Salleh hoped that the pol­icy on “trad­ing-part­ners” es­tab­lished by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak would fur­ther strengthen di­plo­matic ties be­tween the two na­tions.

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