Singapore’s Hsien Loong congratulates Dr M

12-May-2018 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong has written a congratulatory message to the nation’s newly-sworn in prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Lee, who took to his Facebook, wished Dr Mahathir every success and hopes to catch up with him in person soon.

“Malaysia is a vital partner of Singapore, and our peoples share strong and deep bonds. I look forward to working with Dr Mahathir and the new government to enhance our cooperation. We can do much more together,” he said before signing off with his initials ‘LHL’.

Meanwhile, Singapore Foreign Affairs Ministry in a press statement also wished Dr Mahathir and his team well on the outcome of the 14th general Election, stating that the people of Malaysia have given the new government a clear mandate to lead the country.

“Malaysia is Singapore’s nearest neighbour and a vital partner. We have had close relations and extensive cooperation with successive Malaysian governments, including the government of Dr Mahathir when he was previously prime minister.

“We look forward to cooperating with Dr Mahathir and the new government of Malaysia to further strengthen and deepen bilateral ties, for the benefit of both our peoples,” the statement read.

Dr Mahathir was sworn in as the nation’s seventh prime minister at 9.55pm today.

He took the oath before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at Istana Negara.

In the 14th general Election on Wednesday, Pakatan Harapan won 135 out of 222 parliamentary seats to form a new Federal government.

Dr Mahathir won Langkawi parliamentary seat with majority of 8,893 votes against incumbent Datuk Nawawi Ahmad from Barisan Nasional and Zubir Ahmad from Pas in three-cornered fight.

Dr Mahathir sworn in as the nation’s fourth prime minister on July 16, 1981. He served the country for 22 years before stepping down in 2003, when he handed over the position to Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.


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