Hsien Loong to meet Dr M on Saturday

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KUALA LUMPUR — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will visit Malaysia on Saturday and meet with his new Malaysian counterpart Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Lee announced his visit during a wide-ranging speech in Parliament yesterday, where he addressed the implications of external changes on Singapore. He described the May 9 election as a “momentous development”, where the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition lost power for the first time in six decades.

“As Malaysia’s closest neighbour, we need to pay close attention to our relationship with them,” Lee said.

“The two countries have deep historical, economic and people-to-people ties. We hope Malaysia is stable and prosperous.”

Lee said Singapore enjoyed good relations with Malaysia under former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Dr Mahathir.

“We have enjoyed good relations with Malaysia under former PM Najib Razak, and cooperated on major projects that benefit both sides.

“We have also worked with Dr Mahathir and several of his team before. We completed several joint projects when Dr Mahathir was last PM, including the Second Link at Tuas.”

Lee’s comments came as PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim regained his freedom and was given a full royal pardon yesterday.

Lee noted he was Singapore’s deputy prime minister when Anwar was last in office as Malaysia’s deputy prime minister between 1993 and 1998. — Today