PEKAN: Malaysia's dispute with Singapore over Pulau Batu Puteh will not affect the joint military exercises with the republic, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
This was a mere diplomatic matter and had nothing to do with military co-operation, he said.
He added that the routine patrolling of areas by the Malaysian navy near the island should not be regarded as a threat to Singapore.
“The defence of both countries is much more important than the dispute and we have to be professional about this,” he told reporters after presenting ang pows to 40 people at the Pekan Umno building yesterday.
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