Malaysia will not retaliate against S'pore over spy claims

Malaysia does not intend to retaliate against Singapore following claims that the island nation had a hand in helping the United States to spy on the country.

"We could also think of ways to do the same, but we won't and should not do this," said Communications and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek after officiating at the 11th Malaysia International Conference on Communications at a hotel here.

He added that the government was still determining if there were indeed breaches in security and if there was proof, it would lodge a strong protest with the US.

It was reported earlier this week that Singapore was a key partner of the 5-Eyes intelligence group which allegedly tapped telephones and monitored communication networks in Kuala Lumpur.

Meanwhile, AFP reported that Singapore has assured Malaysia that it will not do anything to jeopardise the friendship between the two nations.

"We have no interest in doing anything that might harm our partners or the friendship between our two countries," Ong Keng Yong, Singapore's High Commissioner to Malaysia, said in comments carried by The Straits Times newspaper on Wednesday.