The Consultative Council on Foreign Policy convened its 2nd Meeting today after it was first established by the Cabinet on 10 October 2018. The Meeting was chaired by YB Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs. In its Meeting, the Council appointed four new members, namely, YBhg. Dato’ Sri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob (Secretary-General for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), YBhg. Dato’ Amran Mohamed Zin (Deputy Secretary-General for Bilateral Affairs), YBhg. Dato’ Nadzirah Osman (Deputy Secretary-General for Multilateral Affairs) and YBhg. Dato’ Hsu King Bee (former Malaysia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and Permanent Representative to ASEAN, Jakarta).


The establishment of the Council is a clear manifestation of the Government’s commitments to enhance cooperation with civil societies as the main stakeholder, especially in formulating a more transparent, open and inclusive foreign policy.


The two main agenda discussed at the Meeting are:


  1. The Plan of Action in implementing the essence of the Foreign Policy Framework of the New Malaysia which was officially launched by YAB Prime Minister on 18 September 2019; and


  1. 75th Anniversary of the United Nations (UN@75) and the issues that Malaysia would promote at the United Nations in 2020.



The Council in principal endorsed the Plan of Action which itemised the work plan as well as the priorities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in line with the commitments pronounced in the Foreign Policy Framework of the New Malaysia. The Council also agreed for the Plan of Action to form the basis in formulating the Ministry’s Strategic Plan 2021-2025.


On the second agenda item, the Council also agreed in principal on the issues to be prioritised by Malaysia at the United Nations in 2020, namely, the strengthening of multilateralism, notably, within the context of United Nations Security Council reform. The UN@75 celebration would carry the theme “The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming Our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism”. In addition to the above, Malaysia would also participate in other programmes such as Beijing+25 Summit, NPT Review Conference 2020 and UN2020 Initiative.




9 October 2019







Government’s Representatives


1.         YB Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah

            Minister of Foreign Affairs


2.         YB Senator Dato’ Marzuki Yahya

            Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs


3.         YBhg. Dato’ Sri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob

            Secretary-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


4.         YBhg. Dato’ Amran Mohamed Zin

            Deputy Secretary-General for Bilateral Affairs


5.         YBhg. Dato’ Nadzirah Osman

            Deputy Secretary-General for Multilateral Affairs