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    Dec 05, 2013

    Malaysia minister considers spying case closed


    MALAYSIA considers the case of Singapore allegedly assisting the United States to spy on it closed, said Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

    He added that the long-standing relations between the two countries remained intact.

    "I believe in the sharing of information and intelligence with Singapore for our mutual benefit," he told reporters, after receiving the Republic's Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs, Mr Masagos Zulkifli Masagos Mohamad, on Tuesday.

    Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid said he had pointed out the strong relationship between both countries during his meeting with Mr Masagos Zulkifli, but added that the spying issue was not raised during their meeting.

    "As far as I am concerned, the issue is closed," he said.

    However, he added that the government may still investigate the allegations, the Malaysian media reported.

    It has been reported that Singapore was a key partner of the 5-Eyes intelligence group, which has allegedly tapped telephone lines and monitored communication networks in Kuala Lumpur.

    Dr Ahmad Zahid said the two countries have agreed to strengthen cooperation on action against drug trafficking and rehabilitation, as well as smuggling activities.

    Mr Masagos Zulkifli said it was important for both countries to work alongside each other on this issue, noting that past cooperation had proven to be fruitful.

    "Thanks to close cooperation and shared information, we have managed to cripple international drug syndicates and save many lives from the dangers of drugs," he added.