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CONGRATULATIONS TO SUHAKAM ON ITS 22ND ANNIVERSARY ON 9 SEPTEMBER 2021
I wish to extend my congratulations to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) on its 22nd Anniversary today. I would like to take this opportunity to convey my appreciation to SUHAKAM for its active and constructive role, as well as support for and facilitation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Government.
Since its establishment under the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act 1999 (Act 597) on 9 September 1999, SUHAKAM’s continuous effort is notable in undertaking its statutory functions and mandate, especially in raising the visibility of human rights awareness and education in the country. I wish to highlight that SUHAKAM has been also instrumental in the development of Malaysia’s National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) and human rights modules for national schools.
I am happy to note that over the years, the Ministry has engaged constructively with SUHAKAM in the course of fulfilling the Government’s commitment on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism. I wish to reiterate my commitment as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, that the Ministry remains committed to strengthening its collaboration with SUHAKAM through a human-rights based approach in safeguarding the interests of our citizens and the country. This is pertinent as Malaysia aspires to be on the Human Rights Council for the term 2022–2024.
DATO’ SAIFUDDIN ABDULLAH
9 SEPTEMBER 2021