KL defence chief suggests way to boost S'pore ties

Malaysia's Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu likens Singapore and Malaysia to a married couple with periodic problems.
Malaysia's Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu likens Singapore and Malaysia to a married couple with periodic problems. ST PHOTO: SHANNON TEOH

Malaysia and Singapore are like married couples whose relationship goes through periodic problems, said Malaysia's Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu, but the two neighbours are adept at resolving them.

Mr Mohamad suggested one way to enhance two-way cooperation - by strengthening security cooperation in waters near Middle Rocks and Pedra Branca.

He also raised Malaysia's concern about the presence of China's vessels in Malaysia's exclusive economic zone, saying Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will raise the issue with Beijing. But Malaysia will not deploy its warships, he added.

Six weeks into the job, he is adjusting to his role as a senior Cabinet minister after being a prominent opposition leader for 40 years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2018, with the headline 'KL defence chief suggests way to boost S'pore ties'. Print Edition | Subscribe