Singapore, a small island nation with limited natural resources depends on Malaysia for fresh water, fresh meat and vegetables. At the same time, Malaysians commute to or reside in Malaysia for work reasons or as permanent residents.
Commuting daily to and from Johor Bahru is no big deal as it is major holiday and shopping destination for Singaporeans citizens. The distance of the Causeway between the two countries is just 1 kilometre long.
Relations between Malaysia and Singapore have been maintained due to joint military exercises carried out to counter terrorist attacks and bring about some professional interaction with the Singapore Armed forces and the Royal Malaysian Army. Also land reclamation agreement reached by these two countries over the land in and around the Straits of Johor is note worthy. Disagreements on water pricing, relocation of Malaysian customs away from the Tanjung Pagar Train station in Singapore but under Malaysian ownership, awarding special status to ethnic Malays have been noted.
To be borne in mind are strong relation within the population of Singapore and Malaysia in terms of family where people reside in either of the countries due to better work conditions or for better education facilities. Singapore on the other hand depends on Malaysia for its basic needs of sustenance. Cooperation between these two countries can be expected in the area of security and counter terrorism issues
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