Agong congratulates Singapore's ninth president

KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today (September 15) congratulated Tharman Shanmugaratnam who was sworn in as Singapore's ninth president yesterday.

In a post on Istana Negara's Facebook, Al-Sultan Abdullah expressed hope that Malaysia and Singapore will continue to work closely in bringing progress and prosperity to both countries and their people.

"His Majesty also expressed hope that Malaysia and Singapore, as two neighbouring countries with deep historical ties, will continue to work together to improve bilateral relations in various fields for mutual benefit," according to the post.

Shanmugaratnam won the presidential election with more than 70 per cent of the 2.5 million votes on September 1.

In his maiden speech as head of state yesterday, Shanmugaratnam said he would do his best to represent Singapore and promote the republic's interests abroad in line with the objectives and priorities of the government. – Bernama

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