Plans were postponed for the visit of Malaysian Premier Muhyiddin Yassin and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong because of the escalating situation of Covid 19 in both countries.
The meeting between two leaders planned for today focused on the gradual restart of cross-border transport and on foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan’s Malaysia counterpart Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, which announced yesterday. Nevertheless, the present situation is not “right” for discussion in both countries, they have noted.
“So we both felt that it would be much more opportune for the two prime ministers to meet at a slightly later date, at a more appropriate time.”
He understood the necessity of postponing the visit of Tan Sri Muhyiddin to Singapore.
“Given the very volatile nature of the Covid situation on both sides, it makes sense to focus primarily on the domestic control of the pandemic while Datuk Hishammuddin and myself continue to do our homework on the parameters for the schemes that can be announced later,” he said.
Mr Muhyiddin said that Singapore sent a letter from PM Lee during Dr Balakrishnan’s visit to Malaysia in March inviting him to the annual retreat for leaders from Malaysia-Singapore. Mr. Hishammuddin called PM Lee and Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean on the weekend during his two-day visit here.
“They welcomed further exchanges between the ministers and officials of both sides to strengthen cooperation in confronting the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. –
Source: The New Paper