'Here we go again' with Mahathir: What politicians are up to this week

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SINGAPORE - The Straits Times looks at what politicians, and the politically related, are up to in this weekly series.

In this edition, Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin wades into the perennial Singapore vs Malaysia debate, ministers and MPs keep up efforts - like the rest of Singapore - to move past the pandemic, and the Facebook page of a former head of state gets presumably hacked.

Look out for the latest edition of the series every Friday, and check out past ones here.

Rambunctious remarks

Two emojis, representing "strong" and "Singapore": That was all Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin needed for an assured response on Facebook to former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad's comments over the weekend that Singapore should be returned to its larger northern neighbour.

The 96-year-old Dr Mahathir, who has a long history of uttering inflammatory rhetoric - including threats and insults aimed at Singapore - said in a live-streamed speech last Sunday (June 19) that Malaysia should demand that Singapore and Indonesia's Riau Islands be given back "as they are Tanah Melayu (Malay land)".

Mr Tan also tweeted "here we go again" to accompany a link to a Straits Times article on Dr Mahathir's remarks, which have roused some ire and debate online.

In a comment under his Facebook post, Mr Tan hit out at how some Singaporeans "wax lyrical about how great it is on the other side of the Causeway and how poorly we are in comparison".

"I'm proud to be a Singaporean and don't spend my time running my own country and people down," he wrote.

He also pointed out that there are "many kind and generous souls here too", in reaction to an unidentified anecdote of a coffee shop owner in Malaysia offering free dr...

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