Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad recently told the South China Morning Post that he was "not anti-Singapore" but "pro-Malaysia".
It reminded me of the need for a long-term solution to Singapore-Malaysia relations.
There are two fundamental relationships between neighbouring countries - economic and political.
The political relationship is based on nationalism and sabre-rattling by politicians, and is often divisive and detrimental to the peace and prosperity of both countries.
Instead, I would like to stress the importance of the economic relationship, which requires cooperation and mutual trust for mutual benefit.
Politicians come and go. We must not allow this short-termism to dominate our thinking and neglect the long-term economic relationship.
I appeal to the younger generation in both countries to seriously consider the economic approach to Singapore-Malaysia relations, rather than be influenced by the political approach. To co-exist, we need cooperation and trust.
Don't be influenced by political and nationalistic propaganda. Leave historical baggage behind and work towards a long-term future.
There are almost limitless possibilities for economic growth in many areas, if not for the political obstacles. Think outside the box to foster a peaceful and prosperous future for both countries.
George Wong Seow Choon (Dr)