Minister of Economic Affairs Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali stated that preserving strong ties between Singapore and Malaysia would be always in the best interest of both nations. In a social media post, Azmin stated that Singapore and Malaysia are immediate neighbors who are linked by historical ties as well as family bonding. Hence, both countries need to work the things out in such a manner so that it’s good for the people of both countries.
Mohamed Azmin was in Singapore for a bilateral visit regardless the suspension and delay of the 14th meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia (JMCIM), which was initially slated to be held on 14th January.
However, Malaysia’s Minister of Economic Affairs Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali would still be meeting Singapore’s National Development Minister Lawrence Wong and Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, as expected, in order to confer on other bilateral issues between Malaysia and Singapore.
Azmin in his Facebook post stated that he is certain and hopeful of the positive step taken by the two nations in order to curb any bilateral issues. He is looking forward towards the meeting with Singaporean ministers on Monday.
Mohamed Azmin was supposed to have spearheaded the Malaysian delegation to the JMCIM meeting.
However, both nations had jointly agreed to delay the meeting.
Last Saturday, he told reporters in Tanah Rata, in Cameron Highlands that the meeting was delayed because of some issues that was going to be debated in the JMCIM meeting were closely connected to issues already brought up in a bilateral meeting between Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and Dr Vivian Balakrishnan which took place on 8th January (Tuesday).
Mohamed Azmin held a meeting with Balakrishnan on Sunday evening over dinner and described the meeting to be a successful one. At the same time, Balakrishnan stated that the meeting over dinner with Mohamed Azmin was good one. Azmin stated that the discussions on the current issue were a candid one. He further stated that for Malaysia and Singapore there are more chances to work together.