By Tan Qiuyi | POSTED: 18 Sep 2013 10:08 PM | CNA


President Tony Tan Keng Yam said on Wednesday Singapore and Malaysia today have greater stakes in each other’s success.

The president was speaking at a state banquet hosted by Malaysia’s Head of State, Tuanku Abdul Halim, at the Istana Negara.

Dr Tan said: “Improved connectivity through projects such as the High Speed Rail Link will further enhance our economic cooperation and people-to-people interactions. We are dreaming big together, so our peoples will gain an enriching and secure future together.”

Dr Tan also said Singapore looks forward to Malaysia’s chairmanship of ASEAN in 2015.

He added that as founding members, the two countries share a common vision of a strong and united ASEAN.

The president is on his first state visit to Malaysia.

He received a ceremonial welcome at Parliament Square on Wednesday afternoon. A 21-gun salute was fired in his honour.

Dr Tan also met Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak during a courtesy call.

The leaders agreed the two countries should improve institutional and people-to-people ties at all levels.

The president’s visit reflected the strong ties between Singapore and Malaysia in recent years.

Joint projects such as the development corridor Iskandar Malaysia and most recently, the KL-Singapore rail link have brought bilateral cooperation to new highs.

This visit also has symbolic importance – it is only the third ever state visit by a Singaporean president to Malaysia since the two countries separated in 1965.

– CNA/gn