SINGAPORE — A Johor politician has rebutted a comment by a Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) leader that Singapore is more developed than Malaysia because there is no United Malays National Organisation (Umno) in the city-state, according to a report by Malaysiakini on Thursday (10 March).
Johor Barisan Nasional chief Hasni Mohammad countered PAS vice president Mohd Amar Abdullah by saying that Singapore could be more developed if it was ruled by Umno, the report said.
Hasni was quoted as saying that Umno can match the ruling People’s Action Party in Singapore, according to Malaysiakini.
He also said that Malaysians who travelled daily to Singapore for work were not just from Johor but also included those from PAS-governed Kedah and Kelantan, the report added.
A day earlier, Mohd Amar, who is also the Kelantan Metri Besar, highlighted that Singapore was more developed than Malaysia.
The issue of Malaysians working in Singapore has been hotly debated in Johor as its economy has been adversely affected by the strict travel curbs on both sides of the Causeway due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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