SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday (Nov 24) congratulated newly appointed Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who was earlier sworn in on the Istana Negara.
In his letter, Mr Lee additionally congratulated Mr Anwar’s Pakatan Harapan coalition for its sturdy efficiency within the normal election.
Mr Anwar’s appointment was confirmed by the Istana Negara on Thursday afternoon, following days of political uncertainty after the election failed to provide a transparent winner.
“Your premiership comes amidst vital challenges in our regional and world setting,” Mr Lee wrote. “As shut neighbours and buddies, Singapore and Malaysia ought to work collectively to handle these challenges and discover new alternatives for cooperation.”
Mr Lee added that Singapore and Malaysia share a “longstanding substantive relationship”, underpinned by historic ties, multifaceted cooperation and powerful people-to-people hyperlinks.
“All through the COVID-19 pandemic, our two international locations have been steadfast companions supporting one another,” he mentioned. “The shut coordination between our ministers and officers allowed us to take care of the circulate of important items and employees, and to re-open our borders swiftly and successfully.
“Now we have additionally been shut companions in ASEAN, which stays central to stability in Southeast Asia amidst rising geopolitical tensions.”