My working visit to Japan reaffirms our close bilateral ties.
During the Joint Press Conference with my Japanese counterpart, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, I reiterated that the relationship between our two countries continues to be strong.
We discussed, among others, cooperation especially with regards to the KL-Singapore High Speed Rail project which Japan is keen to participate, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, South China Sea dispute and North Korea.
Malaysia also offered to help with the development of the Halal industry in Japan.
Malaysia understands that the KL-Singapore High Speed Rail project represents Japan’s No.1 priority in terms of even more Japanese investment into Malaysia, and we welcome this.
Malaysia and Singapore are in the process of finalising the terms of the bilateral agreement for the KL-Singapore High Speed Rail project. We are expected to sign the agreement next month in Johor Bahru. The international tender for the project is expected to take place in the last quarter of 2017. We look forward to having Japan’s bid in the tender process.
This iconic project has garnered global attention. I assure all interested parties that the international tender process will be undertaken in the most transparent and objective manner.
In regional matters of mutual concern, Malaysia will continue to work closely with Japan and other like-minded friends in securing regional peace and stability through the United Nations Security Council.
Also, next year marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and Japan. Both our countries have agreed to hold suitable commemorative events to mark this historic anniversary.
Lastly, I am also pleased to note that Japan’s gift of two decommissioned maritime vessels to Malaysia will enhance our capabilities to protect our waters.