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Overview

Singapore and Malaysia have a long-standing, broad and multifaceted relationship. Bilateral trade, investment, and tourism ties are robust. There are regular high-level exchanges such as the Leaders’ Retreat, Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) meetings on Iskandar Malaysia, and Ministerial level visits. Other interactions, including bilateral cultural events, have fostered stronger bonds between our countries.

Recent Highlights

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  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan made his introductory visit to Malaysia from 29 to 30 October.
  • Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong visited Kuala Lumpur to speak at the Global Transformation Forum’s (GTF) “Premier Forum” panel session, alongside other former Heads of Government.
  • Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak visited Singapore from 9 to 10 August and attended the SG50 National Day Parade. The Sultan of Johor, His Royal Highness Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, and the Tunku Temenggong Johor, His Highness Idris Iskandar Ismail Abdul Rahman Ibni Sultan Ibrahim also visited on 9 August to attend the parade.
  • Minister (Prime Minister’s Office) Chan Chun Sing and Minister (Social and Family Development) Tan Chuan-Jin attended the Hari Raya Open House hosted by the Sultan of Johor, His Royal Highness Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar on 17 July 2015.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak met in Singapore for the 6th Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat from 4 to 5 May.
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs and Law) K Shanmugam and his wife visited Johor on 23 March to attend the Coronation of the Sultan of Johor, His Royal Highness Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak met in Putrajaya for the 7th Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat on 13 December. Both leaders also witnessed the signing of the HSR BA by Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure & Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan and Malaysian Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean made a working visit to Kuala Lumpur from 15 to 16 August.
  • Senior Minister of State (Defence and Foreign Affairs) Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman made a working visit to Negeri Sembilan and Selangor from 17 to 19 August. 
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made a working visit to Putrajaya on 19 July to jointly witness the signing of the MOU on the HSR project with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan visited Sabah from 1 to 3 April. He also hosted a reception to express appreciation for the assistance rendered by the Malaysian Government, Sabah State government, and local Sabahans in the aftermath of the Sabah earthquake in June 2015.
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan made a working visit to Sarawak from 2 to 3 February.
  • Chairman of the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia and Malaysian Member of Parliament for Kuala Selangor (Selangor) Dato’ Sri Dr Irmohizam Ibrahim visited Singapore from 2 to 5 October under MFA’s Distinguished Visitors Programme (DVP). The DVP invites outstanding foreign dignitaries to Singapore to help forge closer bilateral ties and foster mutual cooperation through the exchange of views with Singapore leaders and officials.
  • Parliamentary Secretary (Home Affairs and Health) Amrin Amin attended the 4th Pangkor Dialogue in Perak from 10 to 12 September, where he spoke about Singapore’s perspectives on ASEAN and its future.
  • Minister (Culture, Community and Youth) Grace Fu, Senior Minister of State (Culture, Community and Youth & Trade and Industry) Sim Ann, Parliamentary Secretary (Culture, Community and Youth) Baey Yam Keng and Singapore National Olympic Council President Tan Chuan-Jin visited Kuala Lumpur to support our athletes competing at the 29th SEA Games and the 9th ASEAN Para Games which were held from 19 to 30 August and from 17 to 23 September, respectively.
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean and Mrs Teo visited Johor on 14 August as Special Representatives of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to attend the royal wedding of Her Highness Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Binti Sultan Ibrahim, the daughter of Their Royal Highnesses the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and Permaisuri Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah, to Mr Dennis Muhammad Bin Abdullah. Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan hosted the Sultan of Selangor His Royal Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah to breakfast on 25 July.
  • Minister of State (Manpower and Foreign Affairs) Sam Tan visited Johor, Malaysia for the Hari Raya Open House hosted by Malaysian Deputy Minister (Home Affairs) Nur Jazlan Mohamed on 16 July.
  • Minister (Prime Minister’s Office) and Second Minister (Manpower and Foreign Affairs) Josephine Teo hosted Malaysian Minister (Communications and Multimedia) Dr Salleh Said Keruak to breakfast on 7 July. Minister Salleh was in Singapore for the 11th Musika Ekstravaganza on 7 July, an annual gala variety programme which showcases musical talents from Singapore and Malaysia.
  • Minister (Health) Gan Kim Yong and Minister (Prime Minister’s Office) and Second Minister (Home Affairs and National Development) Desmond Lee attended the Hari Raya Open House hosted by the Sultan of Johor, His Royal Highness Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, on 25 June at the Istana Bukit Serene, Johor Bahru.
  • Senior Minister of State (Defence and Foreign Affairs) Dr Maliki Osman made a working visit to Kuala Lumpur (KL) and Malacca from 15 to 16 March. In KL, he met his Malaysian counterparts Deputy Defence Minister Johari Baharum and Deputy Foreign Minister Reezal Merican. In Malacca, he met Governor Khalil Yaakob, Chief Minister Idris Haron, State Assembly Speaker Othman Muhamad, and members of the Malacca State EXCO.
  • Malaysian Minister of Defence Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein visited Singapore from 22 to 24 January as the keynote speaker for the IISS Fullerton Forum: The Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) Sherpa Meeting.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak met in Singapore for the 8th Singapore-Malaysia Leaders’ Retreat from 15 to 16 January. They witnessed the signing of the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link Bilateral Agreement and attended the official opening of DUO and Marina One, two integrated development projects developed by M+S Pte Ltd, a Joint Venture between Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited and Khazanah Nasional Berhad.

  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited Putrajaya on 19 May. During the visit, Prime Minister Lee met Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, and current PKR President Anwar Ibrahim.

  • Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs Saifuddin Abdullah made his Introductory Visit to Singapore from 30 to 31 July. During the visit, Minister Saifuddin called on President Halimah Yacob, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean. He was also hosted to lunch by Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.

  • Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean visited Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and Sarawak from 4 to 9 September. DPM Teo called on Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. Alongside PM Mahathir and DPM Wan Azizah, DPM Teo witnessed the signing of an agreement to suspend the construction of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail Project up to 31 May 2020. In Sarawak and Sabah, DPM Teo met Governor of Sarawak Taib Mahmud, Governor of Sabah Juhar Mahiruddin, Chief Minister of Sarawak Abang Johari and Chief Minister of Sabah Shafie Apdal.

  • President Halimah Yacob visited Kuala Lumpur from 18 to 19 September. At the invitation of Universiti Malaya (UM) Chancellor and Sultan of Perak Nazrin Shah, and in her capacity as National University of Singapore (NUS) Chancellor, President officiated the annual UM-NUS golf tournament. During the visit, President Halimah was also hosted to tea by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V.

  • Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad made an Official Visit to Singapore from 12 to 13 November. During the visit, Prime Minister Mahathir called on President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and was also hosted to lunch by Prime Minister Lee and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong. He was also conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by his alma mater, the National University of Singapore. An orchid, the Dendrobium Mahathir Siti Hasmah, was named after Prime Minister Mahathir and his wife, Dr Siti Hasmah in 2019.

     

 

  • Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah and Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan met in Singapore on 8 January 2019 to discuss developments on Malaysia’s establishment of a permanent Restricted Area (RA) over Pasir Gudang and Singapore’s implementation of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) procedures for Seletar Airport. The Foreign Ministers also agreed to establish a Working Group on maritime issues surrounding the Johor Bahru Port Limits and Singapore Port Limits. The joint press statement of the meeting is at link.

     

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah met in Putrajaya on 14 March 2019. They agreed to implement the recommendations of the Working Group on the port limits issue. The joint press statement of the meeting is at link. During his visit, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan also met Malaysian Minister of Economic Affairs Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin bin Ali and Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

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