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COMMENCEMENT OF 24 HOUR OPERATIONS AT
ICQS BUKIT KAYU HITAM AND CIQ SADAO
In an effort to further enhance connectivity, investment and flow of trade between Malaysia and Thailand, both countries have agreed to commence a 24 hour operations at ICQS Bukit Kayu Hitam and CIQ Sadao beginning 12.01 a.m., 18 June 2019. The 24 hour operations will be conducted for a 3-month trial period, involving only cargo and goods movement carried by trucks and heavy vehichles.
The commencement of the 24 hour operations will be marked by a launching ceremony to be held late night on 17 June – early morning of 18 June 2019. The launching ceremony will be jointly officiated by YB Dato’ Marzuki Yahya, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia and His Excellency Chaisiri Anamarn, Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand. YAB Dato’ Seri Haji Mukhriz Tun Mahathir, Menteri Besar of Kedah and His Excellency Weranaan Pengjun, Governor of Songkhla Province will also be attending the launching ceremony, together with senior officials from the Federal and State governments.
The Governments of Malaysia and Thailand have also agreed to establish an evaluation team to measure the effectiveness of the 24 hour operations during the 3-month trial period.
Malaysia and Thailand have strong bilateral cooperation in various sectors including trade and investment. Thailand is Malaysia’s fifth largest trading partner. Total bilateral trade between the two countries in 2018 was RM105.36 billion, with border trade alone accounting more than 60% of the total trade.
17 June 2019
ATTACK ON TWO TANKERS IN THE GULF OF OMAN
Malaysia is deeply concerned at the rapid escalation of tension in the Middle East, an area of vital interest for Malaysia and the world. We view very seriously the most recent reports of attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June 2019. These destructive acts on civilian commercial ships are a clear violation of international law, threatens international freedom of navigation and freedom of commerce.
As a respecter and promoter of international law, Malaysia believes that any reaction to these attacks must be based on evidence and facts. Based on available information, we believe that it is premature to ascertain the perpetrators of these acts. Malaysia therefore calls for an open, transparent and objective international investigation. Those found responsible for this crime must be brought to justice.
Malaysia urges all parties to exercise utmost restraint and avoid any actions that could further escalate tension in the region. Malaysia will support any credible and impartial effort aimed at deescalating the present tensions and resolving the conflicts that currently bedevil the region.
14 June 2019
LATEST POLITICAL AND SECURITY DEVELOPMENTS IN SUDAN
Malaysia is closely monitoring the situation in Sudan and welcomes the recent agreement reached between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Alliance of Freedom and Changes Forces (AFCF) to resume negotiations over the formation of a joint sovereign council that will lead the political transition in the country.
Malaysia calls upon all parties in Sudan to exercise the utmost restraint, prevent any further violence against civilian, and ensure the respect for human rights. We strongly deplore the recent violent and deadly attack on the protesters in recent weeks and join others in the call for the incidents to be thoroughly investigated, with those responsible held to account immediately.
The Embassy of Malaysia in Khartoum, Sudan has been in close contact with all the registered Malaysians in Sudan and will continue to monitor the situation closely. All the remaining 48 registered Malaysians in Sudan, including 26 students, are accounted for and confirmed safe.
All Malaysians who are still in Sudan, particularly those who are in the country for non-essential reasons, are encouraged to consider leaving by commercial means at the earliest possible time. Malaysians who are planning to visit Sudan are advised to defer their travel until the situation is more stable.
The Embassy of Malaysia can be contacted at:
Address: Rumah Malaysia, House 7, Block B21, Street Khalifa Abdullah, Al Riyadh
MISSILE ATTACK ON ABHA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, SAUDI ARABIA
12 JUNE 2019
Malaysia strongly condemns the missile attack on the Abha International Airport, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 12 June 2019 which left 26 people injured. The attack is an unacceptable violation of international law and detrimental to the peace and security of the Middle East.
Malaysia offers its deepest condolences to the injured victims. To date, no Malaysians were reported to be affected by the incident.
As a peace loving nation, Malaysia strongly urges all parties to exercise utmost restraint and hopes that the ongoing conflict in the region will be resolved through dialogue and diplomatic channels.
13 June 2019
WORKING VISIT OF THE HONOURABLE PRIME MINISTER
TUN DR. MAHATHIR MOHAMAD TO THE UNITED KINGDOM
15 – 17 JUNE 2019
The Honourable Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad will undertake a Working Visit to the United Kingdom (UK) from 15 to 17 June 2019. He will be accompanied by his wife, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, YB Dato' Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and YB Syed Saddiq Bin Syed Abdul Rahman, Minister of Youth and Sports as well as senior Government officials.
During the visit, the Prime Minister will deliver a talk entitled “Democracy in Malaysia and South East Asia” at the Cambridge Union on 16 June 2019. The Talk is expected to attract well-known UK personalities and academicians as well as students from higher learning institutions in the UK.
The Prime Minister is also scheduled to meet students from the United Kingdom and Eire Council of Malaysian Students (UKEC) as well as Malaysians residing in the UK during a Hari Raya Aidilfitri Celebration which will be hosted by the Malaysian High Commission in London.
The Prime Minister will also attend the Human Life Advancement Foundation (HLAF) Board of Directors Meeting. Founded in 2011, the HLAF is an international organisation which is active in the fields of education, technology transfer and sustainable development.
As part of the Malaysian Government’s continued efforts in attracting foreign investment, the Prime Minister will be meeting key investors and industry players in the UK to explore areas of cooperation to strengthen bilateral trade. Over the last 10 years, trade between Malaysia and the UK has recorded a growth rate of 2 percent per annum with an annual bilateral trade ranging between RM12 billion – RM17 billion.
This Working Visit of the Prime Minister would ensure that the bonds of friendship between Malaysia and the UK remains strong for the benefit of both nations.