Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s surprise win in the 14th general election is not just an answer to the rakyat’s call for a change, it’s also making a mark on global history as Dr Mahathir has been recognized as the oldest leader in the world. Talking about putting Malaysia on the map, Dr Mahathir is sure good at it even after all these years.
The whole world is watching us as we sweep out the 61-year rule of Barisan Nasional since our independence, proving to the world that citizens of a democratic country will always have the final say in every political tussle.
Dr Mahathir had been showered with many good wishes since his winning. The United States‘ president Donald Trump albeit once called former premier Najib Razak his favourite PM had also congratulated Dr Mahathir in his win. Leaders and former leaders alike from Australia, The Philipines, Thailand, United Kingdom, India, China and Singapore had all done the same in an extended fashion citing eagerness to work closely with Malaysia and strengthen the bilateral relationships with each other.
Aside from all the formalities and wishes that were given to Dr Mahathir, two leaders from countries closest to us have visited our premier within weeks after being elected.
Singapore Prime Minister Visits Dr Mahathir and Anwar
Today, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had come all the way to Kuala Lumpur to meet with Dr Mahathir.
Clad in a black batik, Lee was seen smiling and laughing during his visit. After signing a guestbook in Perdana Leadership Foundation, the duo had a discussion for 30-minute.
“You are our nearest and closest neighbour, so when this happened I thought I would come up soon, touch base, renew our links,” said Lee at the start of the meeting, as quoted from Strait Times.
It’s reported that both leaders did not discuss any substantive bilateral issues or issues regarding Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR), a joint development project initiated by the previous government. Previously, Lee had expressed his keenness to visit Malaysia during his parliament session and over a congratulatory letter.
“We have had extensive cooperation with successive Malaysian Governments, and we had strong, mutually-beneficial ties and interactions during your previous term as Prime Minister. I am confident that under your leadership, our two countries can find ways to further strengthen and deepen the bilateral relationship,” Lee wrote in the letter.
Besides meeting Dr Mahathir, Lee had also met with our designated next Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. Anwar described the meeting as “a meeting among old friends,” adding they both once served as respective deputy prime ministers and their paths have crossed many times.
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