Malaysia summons Singapore envoy over spying reports

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singtel-dishMalaysia’s government summoned Singapore’s high commissioner for talks on November 26, saying it was “extremely concerned” by media reports that the city-state helps Western intelligence agencies spy on its Southeast Asian neighbour, Reuters reported.

Media reports citing documents leaked by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden put Singapore, a key US ally, at the center of a spy network that reportedly taps undersea cables in the region.

“If those allegations are eventually proven, it is certainly a serious matter that the Government of Malaysia strongly rejects and abhors,” Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said in a statement.

“It cannot be overemphasised that spying against a good friend and neighbour is unacceptable and goes against the true spirit of, and commitment to, good neighbourly relations.”

A souring of Singapore-Malaysia ties would worsen the fallout on US.allies from spying accusations in Southeast Asia. Last week, Indonesia downgraded diplomatic ties with staunch US ally Australia following media reports that Canberra spied on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife, but Australia hit back and said Indonesia was spying on Australian official with the help of Chinese intelligence technology.

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Malaysia’s government summoned Singapore’s high commissioner for talks on November 26, saying it was “extremely concerned” by media reports that the city-state helps Western intelligence agencies spy on its Southeast Asian neighbour, Reuters reported.

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singtel-dishMalaysia’s government summoned Singapore’s high commissioner for talks on November 26, saying it was “extremely concerned” by media reports that the city-state helps Western intelligence agencies spy on its Southeast Asian neighbour, Reuters reported.

Media reports citing documents leaked by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden put Singapore, a key US ally, at the center of a spy network that reportedly taps undersea cables in the region.

“If those allegations are eventually proven, it is certainly a serious matter that the Government of Malaysia strongly rejects and abhors,” Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said in a statement.

“It cannot be overemphasised that spying against a good friend and neighbour is unacceptable and goes against the true spirit of, and commitment to, good neighbourly relations.”

A souring of Singapore-Malaysia ties would worsen the fallout on US.allies from spying accusations in Southeast Asia. Last week, Indonesia downgraded diplomatic ties with staunch US ally Australia following media reports that Canberra spied on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife, but Australia hit back and said Indonesia was spying on Australian official with the help of Chinese intelligence technology.

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