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Mahathir: Singaporeans Must Be Tired of Having the Same Old Party Ruling the Country

Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has taken a jibe at Singapore’s long-ruling People’s Action Party.

Speaking to the Financial Times yesterday (29 May), he said that his opposition coalition’s ousting of the Barisan Nasional could spur a similar victory in Singapore.

Said Dr Mahathir:

 “I think the people of Singapore, like the people in Malaysia, must be tired of having the same government, the same party since independence.”

This comes after a seemingly rocky start to Malaysia-Singapore ties after Dr Mahathir’s appointment as prime minister.

Reports put his first-meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as lasting just 30 minutes despite Mr Lee making the trip up to Putrajaya.

Dr Mahathir has also publicly stated his intention to scrap the High Speed Rail project – a S$20 billion train system linking Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.



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