Published: Sunday September 2, 2012 MYT 6:36:00 PM
M'sia, S'pore need to preserve excellent ties, says envoy
SINGAPORE: Malaysia and Singapore need to preserve their existing exemplary ties to enable both countries to face new circumstances, global demands and regional and social challenges, said Malaysia's High Commissioner to Singapore Datuk Md Hussin Nayan.
The fact is Malaysia and Singapore are now two sovereign countries, yet there are ties that continue to bind and encourage the two neigbouring nations to realise the potential and promises of economic prosperity, political progress and social stability.
"These binds must be appreciated and nourished as Malaysia and Singapore addressed new circumtances, global demands and regional and social challenges," he said in his address at Malaysia's 55th National Day Reception here Saturday.
Singapore's Minister of Transport Lui Tuck Yew attended the reception together with other foreign dignitaries, Malaysian citizens and their friends.
Md Hussin said it was also a fact that throughout much of "our economic history, Malaysia and Singapore have been each other's largest or second largest trading partners.
Recently, he noted the two nations had undertaken new commercially-viable projects in Iskandar Malaysia and that plans were afoot to develop parcels of land in Marina South and Ophir-Rochor in an integrated development.
He said the relations between the two countries were founded and strengthened by solid connections of interest and a shared past.
"Our extensive intertwined interests and cultural affinity should easily overcome some of the challenges brought on by the new circumstances.
"By working together the two countries have much more to gain," he added. - Bernama