Singapore PM to meet Dr Mahathir on Saturday

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KUALA LUMPUR (May 16): Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is expected to visit and have a meeting with Malaysia's newly elected Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Saturday (May 19), according to Singapore media reports.

Lee was quoted as saying during the debate on the President's address today that Singapore needs to pay close attention to the relationship with its closest neighbour Malaysia.

"The expectations of the new Malaysian government are very high, and I think Dr Mahathir will be very busy in the days to come. But I plan to visit him on Saturday, and tell him I look forward to working with him again for mutual benefit," he said during the Singapore parliament session today.

He said he looks to continue the good relations between Singapore and Malaysia, which had been maintained between him and former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

"We hope Malaysia is stable and prosperous. We have enjoyed good relations with Malaysia under former Prime Minister Najib Razak, and cooperated on major projects that benefit both sides," Lee said.

He added that Singapore and Malaysia even had joint projects completed when Dr Mahathir was last the prime minister, including building the Second Link at Tuas.

Furthermore, Lee said he has also made acquaintance with PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as he was Anwar's counterpart when they were both deputy prime minister of their respective countries.

Anwar was officially pardoned by the Yang Dipertuan Agong today and has been released from a five-year jail term for a sodomy conviction, alleged to be politically motivated during former prime minister Najib's administration.