It was earlier reported that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Ho Ching, ESM Goh Chok Tong and President Halimah Yacob went all way out to welcome Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his official visit to Singapore.
In addition, Dr Mahathir Mohamad was also conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws by National University of Singapore (NUS) on Tuesday (13 Nov). Not only that, Dr Mahathir’s wife, Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, was also honoured by NUS.
She was presented with the NUS Distinguished Alumni Service Award as a tribute to her impact as a pioneer and an inspiring role model for female doctors in Malaysia, and in recognition of her excellent and sustained service in the areas of public health in Malaysia and beyond.
“Dr Siti Hasmah is a pioneer and an inspiring role model for women doctors in Malaysia. She has also been a strong champion for public health issues in Malaysia and beyond,” NUS President Tan Eng Chye said.
“Her life partner, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, is a charismatic and visionary statesman who has shaped the history of Malaysia and the region in many ways.”
“In their golden years, this popular couple continues to serve their country and communities with dedication and distinction. Their amazing energy and the impact of their combined accomplishments serve as an inspiration for the NUS community,” he added.
The ceremony was presided by President Halimah, who is also NUS chancellor.
In his speech, Dr Mahathir thanked NUS and said that good relations between Malaysia and Singapore was what led to him being conferred the honorary degree.
“This is an achievement for two countries. Normally when nations separate (in 1965), there will be violence. But in the case of Malaysia and Singapore, the separation was smooth and good relations continues,” he said.
“Singapore and Malaysia remain good neighbours. Yes there may be some problems, some competition between us, but by and large we have been able to resolve these problems in a very peaceful way.”
He also expressed hope that Malaysia and Singapore would set an example of how neighbouring countries can solve problems between them. “It is something that should be noted by a lot of countries. Because in many countries, when there are conflicts between them, they resort to violence and wars to resolve their problems.”