KUALA LUMPUR – Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan is confident that both country will continue to have a “constructive, mutually beneficial relationship” under the premiereship of Muhyiddin Yassin.
Muhyiddin was appoint as 8th Prime Minister on Sunday following a week of political turmoil.
Vivian pointed out that the new Malaysian prime minister was a ‘familiar’ entity involved in the 1990 supplementary water agreement and once the mentri besar of Johor that neighbours the republic.
“So, I’m sure he will be able to hit the ground running and we will wait for him to appoint his Cabinet and we will take it from there,” the Singapore minister said in an interview on Channel News Asia.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also congratulates Muhyiddin and believes the bilateral ties between the two countries will continue to flourish.
Muhyiddin’s appointment could see improvements to the diplomatic relations with Singapore as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was known for his hard-line approach to the island-state.