Singapore PM congratulates Tun M on Twitter minutes after his swearing in

Singapore PM congratulates Tun M on Twitter minutes after his swearing in”

Mahathir Mohamad's Pakatan Harapan coalition won 113 of the parliament's 222 seats, defeating his protege Najib Razak's Barisan Nasional coalition.

In a Facebook post earlier in the morning, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said the poll results show a "clear vote for change in Malaysia". The biggest victor in this election was the People's Justice Party which won 104 seats out of 222. Although this was better than the Barisan Nasional coalition showing, it also fell short of the 111 required to form the government.

However, Dr Mahathir, Chairman of PH has explained in this morning's press conference that the parties have contested using the People's Justice Party (PKR) which is a legal political party.

Meanwhile, in BANGKOK, exiled former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra extended his congratulations to Mahathir for his "spectacular comeback" in winning yesterday's general election.

PM Lee said that both sides of the causeway have been able to work well together, adding that Singapore and Malaysia "have many concrete projects which our peoples will be benefitting from; and there is much more we can do together". I look forward to working with Tun Mahathir and the new government to enhance our cooperation.

In a similar Twitter post, Mr Lee said: "As Malaysia's closest neighbour, we have a vested interest in her stability & prosperity".

The Singapore government was "closely following" developments in Malaysia, Chan was quoted as saying by The Business Times (BT). "Singapore has enjoyed good relations and close cooperation with Malaysia for many years, with successive Malaysian leaders." said PM Lee.

Singapore will continue to work closely with Malaysia's new government to advance the relationship between the two countries, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said on Thursday (May 10).

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