KUALA LUMPUR – Relations between Malaysia and Singapore have grown stronger over the 52 years following the republic’s independence on Aug 9, 1965, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
He said many factors contributed to the strengthening of the relations, including their shared history, being the closest neighbours and their joining ASEAN together on Aug 8, 1967.
Singapore is Malaysia’s second largest trading partner after China, with total trade amounting to RM190.6 billion in 2016 or 13 per cent of Malaysia’s total global trade that year, he said in a post on his blog, sskeruak.blogspot.my, in conjunction with the Singapore’s 52nd anniversary of independence today.
Singapore became independent in 1965 after leaving the Federation of Malaysia that was formed on Sept 16, 1963, grouping Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak.
Malaya became independent on Aug 31, 1957.