SINGAPORE, Nov 13 — Malaysia and Singapore are examples to the world on how neighbouring nations can resolve their conflicts peacefully, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
Speaking at the National University of Singapore (NUS), the prime minister said both countries had continued with good relations despite separating in 1963.
“There may be some competition, but by and large, we’ve been able to resolve these problems in a very peaceful way.
“It’s something that should be noted by many countries,” he said, mentioning that some countries prefer to solve problems with violence and war instead.
“In the case of Malaysia and Singapore, we hope we have set an example of how neighbouring countries can resolve problems between them,” he added.
Dr Mahathir was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by NUS today.
In his speech, the world’s oldest serving prime minister said he believed the move was due to the good relations between the two countries.
He said the degree has encouraged him to continue contributing to Malaysia, the bilateral relations with Singapore, and the world.
“I will value this honorary doctorate for as long as I live,” said the 93-year-old.
Yesterday, Dr Mahathir told a lunch hosted by Singaporean prime minister Lee Hsien Loong that the two neighbours cannot avoid having differences and will remain in a state of healthy competition.
Dr Mahathir is on a two-day official visit to Singapore, and will attend the Asean Summit 2018 here this week.