SINGAPORE, Feb 18 — There was now strong optimism in Malaysia and Singapore that their relationship would continue on the right path towards closer partnership, said Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.
He said Malaysia was pleased with the current excellent state of bilateral ties with Singapore.
“The clear commitments demonstrated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his Singaporean counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, to strengthening this relationship further, have been well-received,” he added.
Anifah (picture) was speaking to Malaysian reporters here today, in conjunction with the Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat 2012 involving Najib and Lee.
He noted the commitment from both sides to adopt a win-win approach on many matters confronting both countries, had yielded a positive atmosphere in the relationship across the causeway.
He said Malaysia would continue to work closely with Singapore to generate more mutually beneficial collaborations.
Najib arrived here late afternoon for the annual Leaders’ Retreat, beginning today and tomorrow.
He was accompanied by wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, 10 Cabinet ministers, including Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim and wife, Datin Seri Maznah Rais, Foreign Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Mohd Radzi Abdul Rahman, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman and senior government officials.
The retreat will also include programmes in Iskandar Malaysia.
The Leaders’ Retreat is the highest-level bilateral forum for discussion on a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest to Malaysia and Singapore.
The prime ministers and their ministerial delegations will meet tomorrow morning for bilateral discussions.
In the afternoon, the prime ministers will make site visits to the joint ventures by Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd and Khazanah Nasional Bhd in Singapore and in Iskandar Malaysia. In Singapore, they will unveil the Marina One project in Marina Bay and receive an update on the DUO project in Ophir-Rochor, both mixed-use developments.
They will then travel to Iskandar Malaysia where they will unveil the Urban Wellness and Resort Wellness projects in Medini, and do a ground-breaking for the Urban Wellness project.
The Singapore delegation also includes Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean and several Cabinet ministers. — Bernama