Malaysia and Singapore to strengthen ties between their countries

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that it was important the two countries were willing to work with and for each other.
Berita Harian

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia and Singapore's top leaders have expressed their desire to deepen ties between their countries, underpinned by their shared heritage and history.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his Singaporean counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, spoke of wanting this achieved as they launched Titian Budaya's art showcase entitled "Next Door" at Publika.

Lee, in his speech, likened Malaysia and Singapore's relationship to the Malay proverb bagaikan aur dengan tebing (like the bamboo and the riverbank).

"There are ups and downs but what's important is that we are willing to work with each other, for each other," he said.

He said events such as the art showcase helped to exchange ideas and "creative juices", as well as to "remind ourselves of what we share together, our friendship, our mutual regard and co-operation".

Najib said the ongoing 27th ASEAN Summit could set the platform of how a stronger ASEAN community could be with their close relations.

"We can set an example, in the context of ASEAN as a community of nations, and our two countries can come closer together through culture and art," he added.

Next Door is a series of art, music, craft and film events based on shared experiences and heritage between the people of the two countries.

It is made up of four events spread around Publika.

These include an art exhibition, an arts and crafts bazaar, musical performances and film screenings, all of which will be held today and tomorrow.

It is organised by Titian Budaya in collaboration between Singapore's Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Malaysia's Ministry of Tourism and Culture.