Remaking Malaysia: Malaysia’s love-hate relationship with Singapore

I shared thoughts on Malaysia’s relationship with Singapore in an article written by Mohsin Abdullah in The Edge on 28 December 2018. During Mahathir’s first administration, he was always vocal in Malaysia-Singapore relations, and looking at that record, it is not unusual that he uses such an approach. For me, territorial disputes are not uncommon between Malaysia and Singapore as both countries share thorny relations historically and it continues until today. Moreover, it is not just Singapore but some other countries as well that Mahathir continues to be critical about. As to whether Malaysia-Singapore ties have improved or worsened, I think it is important for us to note the difference in the foreign policy approach taken by Mahathir. In short, this is not about Pakatan Harapan or BN but about Mahathir’s approach.

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