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Singaporeans React to Mahathir’s ‘New’ Malaysia

With Mahathir taking the helm of a ‘new’ Malaysia, there has been multiple political reverberations for its closest neighbour, Singapore, as topics such as the high-speed rail and water supply re-emerge as areas of contention.

Although Singaporeans are largely in favour of Mahathir for Malaysia – 83% agree that the former PM’s win is a positive result for its people, and 82% say that the election was a victory for democracy – more than three in five (61%) believe that the new Malaysian government might signal less friendly relations between itself and Singapore.

Mahathir’s ‘underdog’ victory has also inspired four in five (80%) Singaporeans to take a closer look at their own emerging 4G leaders, whilst 70% think that the Malaysian election result will make more Singaporeans consider if they should vote for the ruling party at the next election.