Singapore welcomes Indonesia's apology over naming of frigate

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said he welcomed Indonesian armed forces commander's apology over the naming of a new frigate after two marines responsible for the MacDonald House bombing.

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will resume bilateral cooperation with the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI), he said in a statement on Wednesday.

"I welcome General Moeldoko’s apology as a constructive gesture to improve bilateral defence ties between our two countries. The SAF will reciprocate General Moeldoko’s positive intentions by resuming bilateral cooperation and activities with the TNI so as to strengthen the mutual understanding and friendship that has been built up over many decades," he said.

Gen Moeldoko’s apology is the first by an Indonesian military official. “We have no ill intent whatsoever to stir emotions. Not at all,” he told Channel NewsAsia in an interview. “I apologise.”

But he said that the name of the ship would remain the KRI Usman Harun.