S'pore, KL leaders reaffirm warm ties in Langkawi

From left: Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng and Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kung calling on Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is accompanied by Minister of Defence Hishammuddin Hussein and Menteri Besar of Kedah Ahmad Bashah
From left: Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng and Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kung calling on Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is accompanied by Minister of Defence Hishammuddin Hussein and Menteri Besar of Kedah Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah.PHOTO: MINDEF

LANGKAWI • Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kung and Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng yesterday met Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein on Langkawi island.

They were on the northern Malaysian island, which is part of Kedah state, to attend the opening ceremony of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2017 (Lima), said Singa- pore's Ministry of Defence in a statement yesterday.

The meetings underscored "the warm and long-standing ties between Singapore and Malaysia", Mindef noted.

The leaders reiterated the importance of strong bilateral defence cooperation, the statement said.

They also reaffirmed commitment to multilateral frameworks that form an integral part of the region's security architecture, such as the Five Power Defence Arrangements, the Asean Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) and the ADMM-Plus.

The Singapore ministers later met Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Mr Ong also met Turkish Deputy Minister of National Defence Suay Alpay and British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Procurement Harriet Baldwin, Mindef said.

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is taking part in Lima at the invitation of the Malaysian government.

The Republic of Singapore Navy's Formidable-class stealth frigate RSS Tenacious is involved in the maritime display.

An F-15SG fighter aircraft and an AH-64D Apache helicopter from the Republic of Singapore Air Force are at the static display.

About 110 SAF personnel are participating in the show, which started yesterday and will end on Saturday, Mindef said.

The SAF has been participating in Lima since 2001.

The meetings with the Malaysian leaders underscored "the warm and long-standing ties between Singapore and Malaysia", Mindef said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 22, 2017, with the headline 'S'pore, KL leaders reaffirm warm ties in Langkawi'. Print Edition | Subscribe