Global Leadership


By Wednesday April 9th, 2014 No Comments


  • Bilateral relationship is the best that it has ever been.
  • Najib’s detent with Singapore has been particularly fruitful. The turning point was Najib’s effort in overcoming a vital obstacle, involving the transfer of railway land, to the implementation of the Points of Agreement, which was agreed on in 1990 but until now never fully implemented. Singapore High Commissioner Ong Keng Yong said, “Our relationship with Malaysia has been particularly good for the last few years, and we have Najib to thank for that because he cleared that one big roadblock”.
  • Given the fact that Malaysia and Singapore are not only neighbors with overlapping interests but each other’s main trading partners, a healthy relationship is vital for both countries. Najib recognized this and has removed numerous longstanding obstacles to bi-lateral ties. As a result, a host of transformative projects have become possible: from the high-speed KL to Singapore train line to the roaring success of Iskandar Malaysia.

During my official visit to Singapore as Prime Minister in 2009, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and I agreed to move bilateral relations forward and to resolve past problems between both countries. During my speech in Singapore, I hoped the visit would signal “the beginning of a new era” between the two countries.

Key outcomes:

  • In May 2010, I resolved a key diplomatic problem between the two countries by ending the impasse over transportation links and Singaporean investment in Iskandar Malaysia. Malaysia and Singapore reached an agreement on outstanding issues concerning the 1990 POA, breaking the 20-year-old deadlock.
  • Creation of a joint venture to be called M-S Pte Ltd to develop six parcels of land in Singapore.
  • Developing a rapid transit link between Tanjung Puteri in Johor Bahru.
  • Allowing Temasek and Khazanah to set up a joint venture to develop a town in Iskandar Malaysia.
  • Resolved the long-standing Tanjung Pagar KTM station issue.


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