What's next for Malaysia?

Malaysia's leadership transition unlikely to change ties with Singapore

Watchers point to the priorities Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad spoke of during his first press conference as Prime Minister on Thursday as signs that Malaysia and Singapore will continue to find common cause.
Watchers point to the priorities Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad spoke of during his first press conference as Prime Minister on Thursday as signs that Malaysia and Singapore will continue to find common cause.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Continued cooperation seen ahead, given deepening common interests and more complex global climate

Malaysia may be in uncharted waters with a new coalition in power for the first time, but regional watchers predict that the country's relationship with Singapore will stay the same at its core, given the deepening of common interests over the years.

They acknowledge that there could be concern of a return to occasional strains in relations, seen during the 1990s when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was prime minister. But old quarrels are unlikely to resurface and cooperation will remain the order of the day, as both Singapore and Malaysia grapple with new challenges posed by a more complex global environment, observers note.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 13, 2018, with the headline 'Leadership transition unlikely to change ties with S'pore'. Print Edition | Subscribe