Malaysia summons envoy over accusations that Singapore has helped US and Australia spy

Malaysia's Foreign Ministry has summoned a senior Singaporean diplomat over allegations that the city-state helps the United States and Australia tap telecommunications links in Asia for espionage.

Singapore's government has not publicly responded to the allegations, which were published Monday in Australia's Sydney Morning Herald and cite documents from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said in a statement that his ministry was seeking clarification Tuesday from Singapore's high commissioner, or ambassador, to Malaysia.

He said that if the allegations were true, it would be "a serious matter that the government of Malaysia strongly rejects and abhors."

Anifah's ministry earlier this month protested to U.S. and Australian embassy officials over accusations that their diplomatic missions house surveillance equipment used to collect electronic communications.