“We look forward to developing an equally constructive relationship with the next Malaysian government, and to work with it to take our bilateral ties forward and benefit both our peoples,” said Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong while giving his reaction on the outcome of the Malaysian election results.
Mahathir Mohamed, Malaysia’s long-serving former premier, led his Pakatan Harapan coalition to a stunning victory, toppling the 61-year rule of the Barisan Nasional (BN).
Pakatan Harapan won 113 of parliament's 222 seats, clinching the simple majority required to rule. The Barisan Nasional had 79.
“It is clear that the outcome represents a major change in Malaysian politics. We are now awaiting the formation of a new government,” said PM Lee in a Facebook post today.
“As Malaysia’s closest neighbour, we have a vested interest in Malaysia’s stability and prosperity,” he added.
“While Malaysian politics are for Malaysians to decide, Singapore wishes Malaysia all the best in its political development. Singapore has enjoyed good relations and close cooperation with Malaysia for many years, with successive Malaysian leaders,” he wrote.
“We look forward to developing an equally constructive relationship with the next Malaysian government, and to work with it to take our bilateral ties forward and benefit both our peoples,” hoping for continued fruitful ties between Singapore and Malaysia.
Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of the Singapore Parliament, congratulated the Malaysian people for making their choice and spoken out decisively. He hoped for looking forward to working with the new government and leaders and continue to strengthen the friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
“Our Malaysian friends have made their choice and spoken out decisively,” he wrote.
“We look forward to working with the new Government and leaders, and to continue to strengthen the friendship and cooperation between our two countries,” he added.