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S’pore-Malaysia relations on strong footing: President Tan

Singapore-Malaysia relations are on a strong footing with projects like the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore rail link and Iskandar Malaysia, said President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

SINGAPORE: Singapore-Malaysia relations are on a strong footing with projects like the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore rail link and Iskandar Malaysia, said President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

But President Tan said the two countries' shared heritage is also crucial.

Dr Tan was speaking at a state banquet held in honour of Malaysia’s King Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, who is in Singapore for a three-day visit.

He said: "The ties between our countries extend far beyond material interests. We share a storied past.

“Singapore's Malay Heritage Centre is exploring new areas of collaboration with their Malaysian counterparts. I hope these efforts will continue and expand.”

Meanwhile, King Abdul Halim, said: "Indeed, relations between our two governments are important. However, we should also continue to nourish the human dimension of our ties."

Earlier on Monday, Dr Tan formally welcomed the king at the Istana.

It is the first visit by a Malaysian head of state since 2006.

Malaysia will take up the ASEAN chairmanship next year, and Dr Tan said Singapore looks forward to working closely with its neighbour towards an ASEAN Community by 2015. 

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