Don't let past spats hinder S'pore-Malaysia ties

TO MOVE forward, both Singapore and Malaysia should put some testy episodes behind them ("Mahathir must stop spoiling S'pore-Malaysia ties" by Mr Sim Lim Onn; June 12).

During his premiership, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's love-hate ties with Singapore's leaders, in particular former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, were legendary, giving rise to tensions between the neighbours.

Only after Dr Mahathir stepped down was a climate of understanding and trust created, which, in turn, brought the two neighbours closer together.

Discussions and meetings between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak have been forward-looking and have produced positive outcomes in bilateral relations, which will further strengthen economic and trade ties.

Agreements reached between the two leaders have resulted in win-win situations, and some longstanding issues, such as the land inside Singapore on which the Keretapi Tanah Melayu train service passed through, have been resolved.

Also, being a big investor in Iskandar Malaysia, Singapore would want this development to succeed.

In other words, we want our closest neighbour to progress as we have.

There will be hiccups in bilateral relations from time to time between the two neighbours, but this does not mean that our two peoples cannot work well together.

Jeffrey Law Lee Beng