The Straits Times
Published on Nov 30, 2012

PAP MPs invited to assembly again


KUALA LUMPUR - The ruling parties of Malaysia and Singapore continued to build on their ties at the Umno General Assembly this year, as MPs from Singapore's People's Action Party (PAP) were invited back to attend Umno's annual convention for the second year running.

Before that, Umno had not invited PAP MPs for almost 20 years. But bilateral ties between the two countries have significantly warmed under the leadership of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

His opening address at the assembly this year was attended yesterday by PAP MPs Intan Azura Mokhtar and Arthur Fong. The duo arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday night. Last year, two other MPs - Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim and Mr Desmond Lee - attended.

Dr Intan, an MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, said she found Datuk Seri Najib's speech "energising". "It's a speech that speaks to different segments. It talks about the progress and development of Malaysia, while acknowledging the contributions of the older generation of leaders," she noted.