31 May '18, 4am

Change in Malaysia, awkward questions for Singapore

In January this year, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong held a joint press conference with then prime minister of neighbouring Malaysia Najib Razak. “I do not expect elections to change the nature of relations between our two countries,” Najib said in response to a question. “Because you have a confidence in the result,” Lee quipped as the two laughed . That moment of bonhomie has not aged well. Less than five months later, Malaysians voted the long-time incumbent Barisan Nasional party out. Najib, caught up in the massive 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, has seen properties linked to him searched and huge amounts of cash seized . Very few predicted this result. Across the causeway linking the two nations, Singaporeans watch as the country we were once briefly a part of strikes out on a new path. At home, the People’s Action Party (PAP) has been in pow...

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