Bridging Malaysia-Singapore relations over troubled waters

From agreements on high-speed rail to deepening economic collaboration, the meeting between Najib Razak and Lee Hsien Loong was productive, constructive, and a model of bilateral relations, Mustafa Izzuddin writes.

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong held their seventh bilateral Leaders’ Retreat when Lee visited Putrajaya on 12 December. As with previous retreats, both leaders reviewed the past, emphasised the present, and prepared for the future of Malaysia-Singapore relations. So what, therefore, made this latest leaders’ retreat, in a series of otherwise rather mundane bilateral diplomatic meetings, particularly significant for the two countries?

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