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Separate but mutually prospering - Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore and Malaysia have found ways to live and work together since parting 50 years ago.

Today, on August 9, 2015, Singapore celebrates its 50th National Day. This year is also the 50th anniversary of Singapore-Malaysia bilateral relations, a significant milestone for our ties.

On this day 50 years ago, Singapore and Malaysia decided to go our separate ways. It was a difficult period for both countries.

Many Singaporeans and Malay­sians had friends and family on the other side of the Causeway.

Najib: Common goals bind Singapore and Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia and Singapore should continue to cooperate instead of competing against each other as both countries share a special bond, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pix).

Writing in his blog in conjunction with the republic’s 50th anniversary, Najib urged Singaporeans not to judge Malaysia by what appeared on social media or by politically motivated statements from certain people trying to run down the country.

“I will ensure that Malaysia remains stable and safe – for guests and Malaysians alike.

Iskandar to Benefit From Singapore Plan for 10 Million Population

In remarks which will surely raise howls of protest from the public, the former chief executive officer of the Housing and Development Board (HDB) has suggested that Singapore plan for a population of 10 million, instead of the 6.9 million mentioned in the population White Paper released in 2013.

Mr Liu Thai Ker, who was HDB CEO from 1969 to 1989 and oversaw some half a million flats built during his tenure, said the 6.9 million figure was “an interim figure and projection and obviously Singapore is going to grow beyond that.”

Hershey’s plant to hire up to 400 locals

KUALA LUMPUR: The Hershey Company (Hershey’s), the largest chocolate maker in North America, will bring new economic benefits to Malaysia when its confectionary manufacturing plant in Johor commences operations next year.


Hershey’s is investing RM816 million to set up the plant at the Senai Free Trade Zone. Over the next 12 months, it is expected to hire up to 400 Malaysians in various fields, including engineering, maintenance technicians and skilled specialists.


'Belt-road' to benefit businesses in Malaysia

CHINA's "one-belt-one-road" economic development and co-operation initiative is the latest buzz word among businessmen and diplomats. It promises unprecedented massive investment and trade opportunities for Malaysia and 64 other nations across three continents.

But not many locals understood or paid heed to this Chinese proposal until the blast of publicity generated by the recent high-profile visit to China by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Patients can use Medisave at Gleneagles Medini

Patients who want to use Medisave to pay for private medical care overseas now have another hospital option not far from the Tuas Second Link.

Gleneagles Medini, which was launched yesterday, is the second hospital in Johor approved for Medisave use following Regency Specialist Hospital's approval in 2010. It joins a list of Malaysian hospitals under two healthcare providers - Health Management International and Parkway Pantai - where Medisave can be used.

Iskandar Malaysia eyes more investment in third phase

It may be a slow-paced period for Iskandar Malaysia right now, but that is okay, given the momentum the economic region has been picking up over the past eight years.

The property sector may experiencing a slowdown, but other sectors are still moving at a constant momentum.

With more Singaporeans in Iskandar, signs of accelerating détente with Malaysia

SINGAPORE, May 13 ― Just after 6 o’clock on a Monday morning, and traffic on the Johor-Singapore Causeway is already busy. In less than an hour, still shrouded in semi-darkness, the Singapore-bound traffic leading to the 0.7-mile bridge will have slowed to a crawling pace; in bad weather or on the eve of public holidays, rush hour queues sometimes last up to two hours. A striking number of family sedans with Singaporean license plates stream steadily toward the expressway that leads to the heart of the island republic.

Iskandar Malaysia the preferred location in Asia for investors

JAKARTA: Iskandar Malaysia has become the preferred location in Asia for investors due to its ready physical infrastructure, said Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) chief executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim.

Ismail said the physical infrastructure included good connectivity via road, sea and air links as well as the soft infrastructure such as excellent education and healthcare facilities and a myriad of leisure, tourism and lifestyle offerings.

He said its strategic location in the heart of Asia provided an easy access to the Asean and surrounding markets.

UEM set for busy 2015 in Johor

UEM Sunrise Bhd, the principal developer of Iskandar Malaysia, will be busy in Johor next year with the groundbreaking ceremony of Motorsports City in Gerbang Nusajaya and other catalytic developments in Nusajaya.

The massive 1,800ha Gerbang Nusajaya has a gross development value (GDV) of RM40 billion. Its components include lifestyle and retail parks, campus offices, industrial parks and residential precincts, which will be developed in five phases over 25 years.