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Agrobazaar opens in Kampong Glam - with durian diplomacy

Malaysian PM Najib gives PM Lee the spiky fruit; both sides affirm strong ties

Lee U-Wen
Published Wed, Aug 27, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[SINGAPORE] Just as they did at their last retreat in Putrajaya in April, the leaders of Singapore and Malaysia engaged in a dose of durian diplomacy on Wednesday.

This time, it was at the official opening of an agro-food outlet called Agrobazaar Malaysia, located at Sultan Gate in the historic Kampong Glam district. The 464 sq m bazaar, which sells Malaysian produce such as fruit, sauces and coffee, is Malaysia's first overseas branch of Agrobazaar.

During the opening ceremony, visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak presented his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong with a gift of durians, specifically the popular "musang king" variety, as well as an oil painting of them enjoying the spiky fruit during the April retreat.

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