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27 May 2009

Singapore may support Malaysia’s mega economic zone

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Malaysia appears to have won support from Singapore for its plan to build a huge economic zone near the city-state that could foster closer economic co-operation between the two countries after years of bitter rivalry, city-state’s newspaper the Strait Times reported.

The Iskandar Malaysia project in southern Johor state has been at the centre of recent bilateral talks, including a meeting last week between the countries' leaders in Singapore.

The planned Iskandar area would be nearly three times the size of Singapore and is meant to play a similar role in regional economic development as Shenzhen does for Hong Kong.

But the project has been plagued by "legacy" issues stemming from the two countries' brief union that dissolved in acrimony in 1965.












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