22 Sep '11, 2pm

Unlikely for S'pore, Malaysia to merge: Lee Kuan Yew

SINGAPORE: Singapore's former minister mentor Lee Kuan Yew said it is unlikely that Singapore and Malaysia will merge in the future. He was speaking at the Singapore Global Dialogue, held at the Shangri-La Hotel, on Thursday evening. The dialogue was attended by some 400 participants from all over world. Mr Lee was asked by a Malaysian citizen if he foresees both countries coming to a political or economic union in the future, given the growing strength of Indonesia. Mr Lee said having gone through a failed merger in the 1960s, such a move is not likely. But he also gave a positive outlook of bilateral relations, noting the efforts of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. These include developing the Iskandar region in southern Johor, which will complement Singapore's own economic growth. "Najib has brought forth a positive view of bilateral relations and the desire to dev...

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