Singapore and Malaysia in 2019

Bilahari Kausikan, Chairman, Middle East Institute

Venue : AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre #23-03 S(228208) - Stamford American Auditorium

Date : January 31, 2019

Time : 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Price : $15.00

2019-01-31 16:00:00 2019-01-31 18:00:00 Asia/Singapore Singapore and Malaysia in 2019 - Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre) AmCham Singapore Register for event

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Hosted by the Government & Regional Affairs, and Legal & IPR Committees



The election of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government in Malaysia in May 2018 has brought about a new tenor in Malaysia-Singapore relations. Since their election, the Malaysian leadership has sought to delay the planned high-speed rail which was agreed upon by the previous Barisan National government, and also publicly called into question international agreements related to the supply of water to Singapore.


In October 2018, the Malaysian government unilaterally expanded the port limits of Pasir Gudang into Singapore territorial waters off the coast of Tuas, staking their claim with repeated unprovoked intrusions of Malaysian ships. Simultaneously, they have also sought to constrain the use of Seletar airport, by protesting the use of the guidance given for instrument landing system (ILS).


AmCham is pleased to host an off-the record discussion with Mr. Bilahari Kausikan, the former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as he shares his insights into how Singapore-Malaysia relations would evolve in 2019, and why multi-national companies in the region should be concerned about Malaysia’s unilateral actions.

The event will be followed by a networking session towards the end.


About the Speaker

Bilahari Kausikan


Middle East Institute


Mr. Bilahari Kausikan is currently Chairman of the Middle East Institute, an autonomous institute of the National University of Singapore. From 2001 to 2013, Mr. Kausikan was first the second Permanent Secretary and then Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was subsequently Ambassador-at-Large until May 2018. He had previously served in a variety of appointments in the Ministry, including as the Deputy Secretary for Southeast Asia, the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and as Ambassador to the Russian Federation. Raffles Institution, the University of Singapore and Columbia University in New York all attempted to educate Mr. Kausikan.