Singapore, Malaysia to maintain strong ties

SINGAPORE (Bernama) – Maintaining strong ties between Singapore and Malaysia is in the best interests of both countries, said Malaysia’s Minister of Economic Affairs Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

“We are each other’s closest neighbour connected by deep historical ties and family bonds. Let’s work things out for the well-being and future of our people,” he said in his latest Facebook update late last Sunday.

Mohamed Azmin is in Singapore for a bilateral visit despite the postponement of the 14th meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia (JMCIM), which was originally scheduled for yesterday. He would still meet Singapore’s National Development Minister Lawrence Wong and Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, as scheduled, to discuss bilateral issues between Malaysia and Singapore.

“I am confident of the positive approach taken by our two countries to overcome any bilateral issues. Looking forward to my meetings with Singaporean ministers,” he wrote.

Mohamed Azmin was expected to have led the Malaysian delegation to the JMCIM meeting.

However, both countries had mutually agreed to postpone the meeting.