DPM: Learn from Singapore
Malaysia is interested in tapping Singapore’s successes, especially in the fields of tourism and education, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.
He said the island republic had done well to promote itself as a tourist hub, adding that it was time for Malaysia to work with Singapore on tourism activities.
“We have identified several projects for development, such as Desaru in Johor. We are also looking at developing cruises along the various ports,” he said after meeting his Singaporean counterpart Teo Chee Hean during a two-day official visit to the republic. The visit ended on Tuesday.
On education, Muhyiddin said Malaysia wanted to learn more about Singapore’s vocational and technical education models.
“Malaysia needs a lot of skilled manpower, and we need to transform our vocational education and move certificate-level education into the diploma-level vocational studies,” he said.
Muhyiddin added that it was also important for Singaporeans to explore Malaysia and better understand the country.
Singapore has overtaken China as Malaysia’s largest trading partner.
“There is also a lot of potential to develop business cooperation, especially between the small- and medium-enterprises,” he added.
The two leaders also touched on the issue of the European debt crisis and stressed on the importance of mutual cooperation to overcome its impact.
Muhyiddin said more domestic investments should be made instead of relying too much on Foreign Direct Investments.
Teo described the joint ventures between Malaysia’s Khazanah Nasional Bhd and Singapore’s Temasek Holdings investment company in developing projects in the island and Medini in Iskandar Malaysia as a demonstration of the strong commitment that existed between both countries.