Was Dr Mahathir making reference to Singapore?

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Lihat Melayu negara jiran.
Melayu lagikah negara mereka?”

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K Shanmugam Sc

20h · 

[Dr M’s new party]

Dr Mahathir introduced the name of his new party by reference to a poem. Party’s name is “Pejuang” meaning fighter/warrior.
(https://www.facebook.com/TunDrMahathir/posts/10157624675483652)

Two lines in the poem are interesting:
“Lihat Melayu negara jiran.
Melayu lagikah negara mereka?”

Meaning:
“Look at the Malays of the neighbouring country.
Is their country still Malay?”

Wonder which country Dr Mahathir is referring to.

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Singapore Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam has questioned a pair of lines in a statement by Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday when the former premier revealed the name of his new party, which referenced Malays in a “neighbouring country”.

Shanmugam yesterday directed his social media followers’ attention to lines in a blog posting where Mahathir seemed to question if the said neighbouring country was “still Malay”.

“Wonder which country Mahathir is referring to,” he posted on Facebook.

This was part of a 36-line poem by the Langkawi MP in unveiling the name of his new political party – Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang).

Midway through his poem, Mahathir wrote:

“Lihat Melayu negara jiran.

“Melayu lagikah negara mereka?”

(Look at the Malays of the neighbouring country. Is their country still Malay?)”

Mahathir, however, did not state which country he meant by those lines.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/538440

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