Tag: bilateral relations

Anwar: It is important for us to be on “best of terms” with Singapore, amidst contentious issues

Singapore—Despite the thorny issues between Singapore and Malaysia, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim still considers the former “a great neighbour and friend,” and believes that it is mutually beneficial to work together based on trust. Speaking at a plenary session of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association Meeting...

Malaysia will take back delegated airspace over southern Johor in stages— Transport Minister

Kuala Lumpur—Malaysia’s Transport Minister Anthony Loke said on Sunday, April 21, that the country intends to re-take the airspace from Singapore around southern Johor in stages starting from the latter part of 2019 through the next four years to 2023. He emphasised the importance for...

At end of China visit, DPM Teo highlights good relations and commonalities between Singapore and China

Yan’an, Shaanxi: At the end of his six-day visit to China, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean emphasized the similarities between Singapore and China, even if the former is much smaller in size than the latter. DPM Teo also noted the good ties between the...

PM Lee to meet with Dr Mahathir at Singapore-Malaysia Leaders’ Retreat on April 8-9

Singapore— After its postponement last November, the meeting between Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Tun Mahathir Mohamad is finally happening on April 8 and 9. Channel NewsAsia reported that in an email, a spokesman from the Ministry of Foreign...

Water issue woes: Netizens on both sides of the Causeway have their say

SINGAPORE -- Since the water issue is at boiling point, netizens from both countries have been weighing in and expressing their opinions on the matter. Some Singaporeans have applauded their government's firm stance, in the context of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' statement that “Singapore has...

Economy vs Sovereignty: the Singapore-Malaysia water issue

Singapore — Of all the pressing issues between Singapore and Malaysia, the one that is blowing hottest at the moment is the water issue -- the price of raw water sold from the Malaysian state of Johor to Singapore, and back to Johor as...

The Water Chronicles — A Timeline of the Singapore-Malaysia Water Issue

Of several issues that disrupt harmony between Singapore and Malaysia, the most contentious one presently involves water, with both countries increasingly airing their sides. But, how did it all begin and develop? Four agreements Malaysia and Singapore signed four water agreements in 1927, 1961, 1962 and...

Khaw Boon Wan fractures arm; Foreign Affairs minister takes over bilateral talks in the interim period

Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan was injured last week and is presently confined in the hospital. He is on extended medical leave, and in the meantime, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan will be overseeing some of his duties. Mr Khaw, age 66, fell...

Malaysian MP responds to Bilahari Kausikan, “Arrogance and fear-mongering are not the ASEAN way”

Yusmadi Yusoff, a Member of Dewan Negara (Upper House) of Malaysian Parliament, commented on former diplomat Bilahari Kausikan’s statement that the current political instability amongst the members of the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, as well as the coalition’s lack of success in getting...

Bilahari Kausikan: Singapore-Malaysia relations strained by political instability in PH

According to former diplomat Bilahari Kausikan, the current political instability amongst the members of the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, as well as the coalition’s lack of success in getting support from Malays, are making relations between Malaysia and Singapore worse. Mr Kausikan made these...