PM Lee, Singapore Government congratulate Mahathir Mohamad on swearing-in

PM Lee, Singapore Government congratulate Mahathir Mohamad on swearing-in

Mahathir Mohamad and wife swearing in Istana
Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali at the national palace during the swearing in ceremony. (Photo: TV2) 

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday (May 10) congratulated Dr Mahathir Mohamad on being sworn in as Prime Minister of Malaysia. 

"I wish Tun Mahathir and his team every success, and hope to catch up with him in person soon," he posted on Facebook.

"Malaysia is a vital partner of Singapore, and our peoples share strong and deep bonds. I look forward to working with Tun Mahathir and the new government to enhance our cooperation. We can do much more together," he added.

Mr Lee also called Dr Mahathir to congratulate him on Friday and said in his Facebook post that he hopes to meet the new prime minister soon.

"Called Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad this morning to congratulate him on being appointed Prime Minister. He was busy meeting people for his Cabinet appointments!" he wrote.

Separately, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement, congratulating Mahathir and his coalition Pakatan Harapan on the outcome of the general election.

"The people of Malaysia have given the new Government a clear mandate to lead the country," it said. 

"We have had close relations and extensive cooperation with successive Malaysian governments, including the government of Tun Mahathir when he was previously Prime Minister. 

"We look forward to cooperating with Tun Mahathir and the new Government of Malaysia to further strengthen and deepen bilateral ties, for the benefit of both our peoples."

Source: CNA/ly/hm