By S Ramesh, Hetty Musfirah | Posted: 19 February 2013 1030 hrs


The prime ministers of Singapore and Malaysia are meeting at their annual Leaders’ Retreat, a key platform to drive bilateral relations forward.

Mr Lee Hsien Loong and Mr Najib Razak met at the Shangri-La Hotel on Tuesday morning.

They were then joined by their delegations of ministers and senior officials.

Mr Najib Razak, who arrived with his delegation on Monday evening, was hosted to dinner by Mr Lee Hsien Loong.

In a post on his Facebook page made after the dinner, Mr Lee said Singapore-Malaysia relations are in good shape.

He also said he looks forward to a good discussion with Mr Najib and to seeing the joint projects in Marina Bay and Iskandar Malaysia.

Both leaders have a packed schedule on Tuesday.

They will hold discussions with their delegations of ministers.

In the afternoon, they will visit the sites of the joint ventures by Temasek Holdings and Khazanah Nasional in Singapore and in Iskandar Malaysia.

At Marina Bay, they will unveil the Marina One project and receive an update on the DUO project in Ophir-Rochor, which are mixed-use developments.

They will then travel to Iskandar Malaysia to unveil the Urban Wellness and Resort Wellness projects in Medini.

This is the prime ministers’ fourth Leaders’ Retreat in their continuing efforts to enhance bilateral ties.

The two leaders last met for their retreat in Putrajaya, Malaysia, in January 2012.

– CNA/al