Mahathir: I was quoted out of context over my remark that “Malaysia should claim Singapore and Riau Islands”


By Yiswaree Palansamy

Thursday, 23 Jun 2022 4:09 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 — Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad clarified today that a report of him saying Johor should reclaim Singapore and the Riau islands lacked the context to show he was mocking the idea.

On June 20, Singapore news outlet The Straits Times reported him as making the remarks in a speech the previous day, which Dr Mahathir categorised as “inaccurate”.

“I am not asking Malaysia to claim the land that we had lost. I am trying to point out that we are so concerned over losing a table-size rocPulau Batu Putehk but never about bigger parts of Malaysia when they were taken from us. Losing is no big deal. It was the mistake of the Johor government to deny that the rock belonged to Johor.





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