Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam called the results of the 14th Malaysia General Election as “a clear vote for change in Malaysia.”
This was written in a Facebook post with an article from Channel News Asia, announcing the victory of the Opposition coalition, Pakatan Harapan (PH). PH had won 113 of parliament’s 222 seats, and if one were to include its allies, a total of 122 seats, securing the simple majority required to form the new government. Barisan Nasional, the former ruling party that ran the country for the past six-decades won only 79 seats.
Mr Tharman also wrote, “And it was across the board – Malays, Chinese, Indians and even the Dayaks in Sarawak. Wish Malaysia well, and hope we continue to work together for mutual good of our people.”
Other than Mr Tharman, Speaker of Parliament, Tan Chuan Jin also shared his views and wishes following the announcement of the election results.
He wrote, “Stunning results in the Malaysian GE! Our Malaysian friends have made their choice and spoken out decisively. Congratulations!”
Mr Tan further added, “We look forward to working with the new Government and leaders, and to continue to strengthen the friendship and cooperation between our two countries. We wish Malaysia well.”
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had also commented on the results on his Facebook page, writing that Singapore is following the situation closely.
PM Lee said in his post, “Many Singaporeans would have followed the news about the Malaysian election yesterday. It is clear that the outcome represents a major change in Malaysian politics. We are now awaiting the formation of a new government.”
He added that Singapore as Malaysia’s closest neighbour, it is following the situation closely as it has a vested interest in Malaysia’s stability and prosperity.
“While Malaysian politics are for Malaysians to decide, Singapore wishes Malaysia all the best in its political development. Singapore has enjoyed good relations and close cooperation with Malaysia for many years, with successive Malaysian leaders.” said PM Lee.
Ending in a positive note, PM Lee said, “We look forward to developing an equally constructive relationship with the next Malaysian government, and to work with it to take our bilateral ties forward and benefit both our peoples.”