No Comments On Kuan Yew’s Idea On S’pore Rejoining M’sia

October 13, 2007 18:06 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 (Bernama) — Malaysian political leaders today declined to be dragged into any argument over a Singapore-Malaysia merger raised by the republic’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew for the second time since 1996.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar were of the opinion that it was needless for Malaysia to react to Lee’s remarks.

“I do not want to spark off a polemic and a dispute in terms of opinion. I feel he (Lee) is just testing the waters. So, it is unnecessary for me to respond,” said Najib.

“What is important is for us to do things our way in Malaysia. We know of our way to achieve success that can enable us to establish harmony. The challenges in Malaysia are more complex than those in Singapore but we have established harmony well,” he added.

Lee had said in an interview with the Asia Institute of the University of California, Los Angeles, published earlier this week, that Singapore would be happy to rejoin Malaysia if it surpassed the island republic’s success.

“They have all the resources. If they would just educate the Chinese and the Indians, use them and treat them as citizens, they can equal us and even do better than us, and we would be happy to rejoin them,” he had said.

Singapore left Malaysia in 1965, two years after having joined the federation.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said there was no necessity for Malaysia to look into something that was never on the table.

“We have never discussed the question of a merger in the Cabinet. I don’t think we need to react to his views. We know what we are doing. The most important thing is (that) we want to build our nation. We have our own uniqueness,” he added.

Syed Hamid said Malaysia was happy to be what it was now.

“We have done very well amidst our diversification. We are happy with what we have achieved and there is much more we need to do to build a united Malaysian nation,” he said.

Malaysia, he said, would cooperate with Singapore in its capacity as a sovereign nation.

— BERNAMA

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