Kuala Lumpur — Malaysia said it will summon Singapore’s high commissioner to respond to reports of spying which risk damaging ties between the two neighboring countries.
The allegations come via leaked documents by U.S. intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden, which reveal Singapore has helped the U.S. and Australia spy on Malaysia and Indonesia since the 1970s.
Malaysia’s foreign ministry said it was “extremely concerned”, and had already acted against earlier reports of espionage by the U.S. and Australia.
“It cannot be overemphasized that spying against a good friend and neighbor is unacceptable and goes against the true spirit of and commitment to good neighborly relations,” said Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman in a statement yesterday.
“If those allegations are eventually proven, it is certainly a serious matter,” he was reported as saying.
Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, Ong Keng Yong, confirmed that he had been called to meet with senior foreign ministry officials this morning.
The reports could also damage ties between Singapore and Indonesia, which is already in a heated row with Australia over allegations of spying.