Mahathir: Asean needs real cooperation, not just talk

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad stresses greater, real cooperation in Asean. He expresses his continued belief in the grouping.
While Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has lamented about the untapped potential of Asean as a economic bloc before, he appeared to temper some of his previous criticisms of the grouping.
While Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has lamented about the untapped potential of Asean as a economic bloc before, he appeared to temper some of his previous criticisms of the grouping.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - Asean needs to emphasise real cooperation and not just make a show of talking about it at meetings, said Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday (Nov 13) 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 that one of the obstacles towards integration is suspicions from less developed countries that opening up could curb their own development.

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