19 Julai, 2016

Connectivity Between Our Peoples


Tomorrow, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be visiting Malaysia.

Relations between our two countries are stronger, and ever since I assumed the role of Prime Minister, I have been advocating for a spirit of mutual benefit between our two countries.

Together, we are on a forward trajectory in both trade cooperation and people-to-people ties. This mutually beneficial relationship between Malaysia and Singapore is underlined in both our countries’ development plans.

We trust that with good governance, we will be able to develop a strong, inclusive and sustainable economy based on sound fundamentals. Our shared belief in stability, harmony and diversity complement our mutual aspirations for both our countries and the region.

Today, the growing significance of the ASEAN region is a testament to the success of our joint effort together with other ASEAN partners. The global pie is big and both Malaysia and Singapore are in strategic positions to continue leading ASEAN’s stake on a larger share of the global Foreign Direct Investment pie.

In today’s fast-moving world, fortune favours the quick. We have decided to take it a step further in terms of connectivity between our peoples with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the High Speed Rail (HSR) linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Insya-Allah, the HSR will further enhance people-to-people ties and improve business linkages. Once completed, Malaysians will be able to have nasi lemak in Kuala Lumpur, close deals over chili crab in Singapore and be back for a dinner of rendang with the family.

Connectivity as a whole, and specifically public transportation are very dear and close to my heart. Today as we grow together, I seek to ensure that the Government provides seamless and integrated service to the people.

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