Asean needs real cooperation, not just talk: Malaysian PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad stresses greater, real cooperation in Asean. He expresses his continued belief in the grouping.

Asean needs to emphasise real cooperation and not just make a show of talking about it at meetings, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday, ahead of the opening of the Asean Summit.

Speaking on the way forward for the grouping in an interview with The Straits Times at his hotel suite, the 93-year-old leader said one of the obstacles towards integration is suspicions from less developed countries that opening up could curb their own development.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2018, with the headline 'Asean needs real cooperation, not just talk: Malaysian PM'. Print Edition | Subscribe