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Malaysia, Singapore like twins, says Dr M

Malaysia, Singapore like twins, says Dr M

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said he hoped to continue Malaysia’s good relations with Singapore, describing the two countries as twins who were slightly different in size, with “the elder twin a little bit bigger and older than the younger twin”.

“But we have been able to live together on reasonably harmonious terms,” he said in his speech at the official lunch hosted for him and his wife, Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching, at The Istana here.

Mahathir, who is in Singapore for a two-day official visit, said it was not often that countries which came together and then separated could still work together and offer mutual assistance.

He also voiced appreciation for the help extended by Singapore during Malaysia’s recent financial troubles.