Malaysia and Singapore ‘share common destiny’

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Jul 2003

TOKYO: Malaysia and Singapore have an inextricable relationship and unavoidably share a common destiny, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said. 

“We are in one region and we cannot separate. If something happens to one, both will suffer,” he told Malaysian students at a dialogue here yesterday. 

The Deputy Prime Minister said it was not Malaysia’s style to escalate problems between the countries as it was not in both their interest. 

He admitted there were several issues with Singapore that needed to be resolved, adding that solutions must be found for a peaceful coexistence. 

“However, we will defend our position and integrity anytime the need arises. But we will do it through negotiations. We won’t run away from the problems,” he said. 

Abdullah was asked by a student on why Malaysia appeared to be soft in its approach when dealing with the Singapore government. 

The Deputy Prime Minister was also asked why the problem of serious flash floods in Kuala Lumpur kept recurring despite the Government having announced, after a major flood in 1991, that it would be resolved. 

To this, he admitted that flash floods in the city had become a serious problem and the Government viewed it with much concern. 

“We have directed the relevant authorities to act against indiscriminate destruction of forests and hills. We have come up with the smart tunnel plan. Besides this, we also have to address the management of water and solid waste. 

On the proposed Japan-Malaysia Technical University to be located in Malaysia, Abdullah said it was expected to take in the first batch of students at the end of the year. 

“We will operate from a temporary campus first,” he added. 

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