TOKYO: Malaysia has asked Japan for assistance in handling the Rohingya and Bangladesh boat people issue.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak made this appeal to his counterpart Shinzo Abe after holding bilateral talks this evening.
Najib, who is on a three-day visit here, said the issue was not exclusively an Asean problem but one that needed an international solution and intervention.
At a joint conference, Abe expressed Japan’s interest in the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project. Najib is expected to take a high speed train ride to Sendai some 300km from here tomorrow.
He will also be briefed on Japan’s famous Shinkanzen network of high speed rail. At the conference, both leaders also announced that they have elevated bilateral ties to that of a “strategic partnership”.
Under the partnership, Malaysia and Japan will enhance cooperation in five key areas, with the Look East Policy 2.0 playing a prominent role.