Malaysia

Ex-ambassador tells Singapore that new-Malaysia means business

A former ambassador tells Singapore to get used to the new status quo in Malaysia, adding that the Pakatan Harapan (PH)-led Malaysian government will not simply let its southern neighbours go unchecked any longer. The former ambassador speaking to Malaysia media outlet FreeMalaysiaToday described Singapore’s recent actions as ‘needlessly provocative behaviour’ that is intended on destabilising the PH administration. According …

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Singapore has to “now pay the price” over thorny bilateral relations with Malaysia due to Singapore leaders’ rigidity: Former NTUC Income CEO Tan Kin Lian

Singapore has to “pay the price” for frosty bilateral relations with Malaysia, and the consequences will “cost many times more than the money that we should have spent”, said Singaporean businessman and former Chief Executive Officer of NTUC Income Tan Kin Lian. In a Facebook post on Friday (7 Dec), Mr Tan wrote, in reference to the recent bilateral disputes …

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TODAY Online article reproduced on Malay Mail regarding contemporary bilateral disputes deemed “biased” by Malaysian netizens

An article detailing the timeline of bilateral disputes between Singapore and Malaysia titled “Why the Singapore-Malaysia maritime and airspace disputes matter” has received flak from Malaysian netizens for its alleged bias towards Singapore and its poor representation of the current Malaysian administration. The article, which was originally published on Singapore’s TODAY Online and reproduced on Malaysia’s Malay Mail, made the …

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Malaysian netizens rebut Singapore’s former diplomat Bilahari Kausikan’s “bogeyman” statement

The “political uncertainty” in Malaysia, following Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s return to the premiership post under the Pakatan Harapan coalition, has led to the re-emergence of thorny bilateral relations between the nation and neighbouring Singapore, said Singapore’s former Ambassador-at-Large Bilahari Kausikan. The former diplomat wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday (4 Dec) that such political uncertainty, as a …

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Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan tells Malaysian vessels to “back off” from the Republic’s maritime territory “while we pursue sit-down dialogues” as bilateral disputes escalate

Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has issued a stern warning against Malaysian vessels allegedly encroaching the territorial waters of Singapore, and declared that the Republic will not hesitate to take “firm actions” against further intrusions. In a statement on Thursday (6 Dec), Mr Khaw added that in response to the “provocative action on the part of Malaysia”, Singapore will …

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Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan urges Malaysia to “cease” encroachment into “Singapore territorial waters”; Malaysia to send protest note to the Republic over unauthorised implementation of instrument landing system near Johor

In order to “avoid escalating tensions on the ground” and in compliance “with international law”, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan has urged Malaysia to “cease” ongoing “provocative intrusions” by the neighbouring nation’s vessels into Singapore’s maritime territory. In a press release by Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday (5 Dec), which detailed a phone conversation between Dr …

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Malaysia abolishes death penalty for 32 offences, according to Minister Liew; death penalty however still under review, says DPM Wan Azizah

Following the announcement made by Malaysia’s Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong regarding the Cabinet’s decision to abolish the death penalty, Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said that the Government will be reviewing the death penalty in relation to drug abuse. Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday (13 Nov), Mr Liew noted that the death penalty …

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Article alleging PM Lee’s complicity in 1MDB scandal “fake news” and “libellous”: Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur

The High Commission of the Republic of Singapore in Kuala Lumpur has censured an article published by The Coverage, a controversial “social news network” alleging the involvement of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the scandal-ridden state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). In response to queries from Malaysian reporters, the High Commission announced in a statement that it “would like …

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