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CHARGÉ D'AFFAIRES OF THE EMBASSY OF FRANCE IN KUALA LUMPUR SUMMONED TO
THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Chargé d'affaires a.i. of the Embassy of France in Kuala Lumpur was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to express Malaysia’s concern on the growing hostilities, hate speech and defamation of Islam. Malaysia is of the view that such elevated tension does not bode well for the peaceful co-existence of all religions.
During the meeting, the Ministry reiterated Malaysia’s position to strongly condemn any inflammatory rhetoric and provocative acts that seek to defame the religion of Islam as the world has recently witnessed in the forms of populist speeches and publication of profane caricatures depicting the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
Malaysia is committed to upholding the freedom of speech and expression as fundamental human rights for as long as these rights are exercised with respect and responsibility in order to not infringe on or violate the rights of others.
Malaysia also underscores the importance of initiatives to curtail and eliminate Islamophobia at all levels. At this end, Malaysia will continue to work with the international community to promote mutual respect among religions and prevent religious extremism.
28 October 2020
MALAYSIA STRONGLY CONDEMNS HATE SPEECH AND DEFAMATION OF ISLAM
Malaysia is gravely concerned over the growing open hostilities towards Muslims. As a matter of principle, we strongly condemn any inflammatory rhetoric and provocative acts that seek to defame the religion of Islam as the world has recently witnessed in the forms of populist speeches and publication of blasphemous caricatures depicting the Holy Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).
Malaysia is committed to upholding the freedom of speech and expression as fundamental human rights for as long as these rights are exercised with respect and responsibility in order to not infringe on or violate the rights of others. In this context, to denigrate and tarnish Islam’s Holy Prophet (ﷺ),and to associate Islam with terrorism are certainly beyond the scope of such rights. Such an act is provocative and disrespectful towards Islam and more than two billion Muslims all over the world.
As a democratic and moderate Islamic country with a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society, Malaysia continues to promote and maintain harmonious relations and peaceful co-existence, not only among our people of different faiths and convictions, but also in the context of the diverse global community. Malaysia will continue to work with the international community to promote mutual respect among religions and prevent religious extremism at all levels.
YB DATO’ SERI HISHAMMUDDIN TUN HUSSEIN
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
27 OCTOBER 2020
MALAYSIA WELCOMES THE FIFTIETH RATIFICATION TO THE TREATY ON THE
PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Malaysia welcomes the 50th ratification to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). With 50 ratifications, and pursuant to Article 15 of the treaty, the TPNW will come into force on 22 January 2021.
The TPNW is a legally binding international instrument to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons. The TPNW was adopted at the UN on 7 July 2017, and seeks to ban all activities related to nuclear weapons, including its development, testing, manufacturing, acquisition, possession, stockpiling, use and stationing. The Treaty will make nuclear weapons illegal under international law.
The Honourable Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Minister of Foreign Affairs, had signed Malaysia’s instrument of ratification to the TPNW on 30 September 2020, making Malaysia the 46th State Party to the Treaty. At the signing ceremony, he pledged Malaysia’s support and unwavering commitment to realise the long-overdue goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.Subsequent to Malaysia’s ratification, Tuvalu, Jamaica, and Nauru ratified the TPNW, with Honduras being the 50th and latest country to ratify the Treaty on 24 October 2020.
Malaysia congratulates all State Parties to the TPNW and encourages other countries to expedite their ratifications or accessions to the Treaty.
Malaysia believes that with the pending entry into force of the TPNW, the goal of nuclear disarmament will be further advanced. Malaysia encourages Nuclear Weapons and Nucleararmed States to recognise that the continued existence of nuclear weapons is a risk to all countries, and that the elimination of these weapons is necessary for our collective security.
Malaysia reaffirms its unwavering commitment towards nuclear disarmament and will continue to work closely with other partners to attain a world free of the threat of nuclear weapons.
27 October 2020
Joint Press Statement by Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and State Councilor and Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi 13 October 2020, Kuala Lumpur
1. At the invitation of the Honourable Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, His Excellency Wang Yi, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, undertook his official visit to Malaysia from 12 to 13 October 2020. During the visit, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi held bilateral talks with Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and called on the Honourable Prime Minister Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Haji Mohd. Yassin via video link. Both sides had in-depth exchanges of views pertaining to various bilateral, regional and international issues of common interest in a cordial and candid manner, reflecting the close, comprehensive and active relations between Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China.
2. Reflecting on the strong historical links and 46 years of diplomatic relations that bind both nations, both Ministers reiterated their commitment to fostering the vital relations on the basis of equality and mutual respect and win-win cooperation. Both Ministers reaffirmed a broad consensus on several issues of importance to the two strategic partners.
3. As the world is currently facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has become a global public health emergency that does not discriminate, both Ministers underscored the importance of strengthening international unity, solidarity and collective efforts to address and overcome these challenges effectively. They called for concerted and collaborative efforts by the international community, led by the World Health Organization, to stand in solidarity in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
4. Both Ministers were pleased with and appreciative of the COVID-19 related mutual support and assistance that have developed between Malaysia and China over the course of the pandemic. In enhancing the Malaysia-China collaboration to better address COVID-19 during the pandemic and post-pandemic periods, both sides agreed to develop a Memorandum of Understanding and establish a High-Level Committee on Malaysia-China Post Pandemic Cooperation. The Memorandum of Understanding and High-Level Committee which is chaired by the two Foreign Ministers, will promote pragmatic cooperation in addressing post pandemic challenges, as well as cooperation in various other fields such as social, economic and scientific fields. In this regard, both sides looked forward to sign the Memorandum of Understanding at the earliest opportunity.
5. Reflecting on the importance of development and procurement of the urgently needed COVID-19 vaccines, Malaysia welcomed the commitment by China to provide China-developed vaccines, once available, as a “global public good” accessible and affordable to neighboring countries. In this regard, China stated that it will provide COVID-19 vaccines, once successfully developed and registered in China, to Malaysia as a priority recipient. Both Ministers further agreed that China will support and encourage its enterprises to establish all-round cooperation with Malaysian partners in vaccine research and development (R&D) and deployment. The two Foreign Ministers looked forward to the signing of an Agreement on Cooperation in Vaccine Development and Accessibility by both governments.
6. Both Ministers strongly felt that resumption of linkages between Malaysia and China during the pandemic are vital to recovery efforts being undertaken by the two countries. In this regard, both sides agreed to continue discussions to facilitate cross border essential official and business travels between the two countries by establishing travel bubble for reciprocal arrangement with effective health control measures in place. Such arrangement is imperative to revitalizing bilateral trade and investment cooperation in order to accelerate economic growth at the national and regional levels. Both sides also agreed to explore further cooperation for the establishment of green lane in ensuring stability and security of industrial and supply chains.
7. Both Ministers acknowledged that COVID-19 has sparked not only a health crisis, but also an economic crisis, and together these crises pose a serious threat to food security. Governments have the solemn duty of ensuring food security for their own peoples and for the global citizenry. In this spirit, both sides agreed to join hands with other like-minded countries to work towards securing lifelines for transportation of food supplies, support the work of the FAO and other UN agencies dedicated to enhancing food security, and address food security vulnerability and build collective resilience through coordinated strategic steps.
8. Both Ministers agreed to further advance high-quality and mutually beneficial cooperation under the ambit of the Belt and Road Initiative. Both sides will earnestly speed up the implementation of the MOU on Promoting Mutual Economic Development through China’s Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative, by expediting the discussion on the framework and the implementation of the cooperation plans. Both sides would encourage more projects to be enlisted under this initiative as the reflection of the close and warm partnership and mutual trust between Malaysia and China.
9. Both Ministers are pleased with the current bilateral trade and economic relations. Both sides will actively discuss the formulation of the Second Cycle of the Five-year Program for Economic and Trade Cooperation for the period of 2021 – 2025. Both sides welcomed the investments in each other’s country in line with the spirit of equality, mutual respect and mutual benefit. The two sides also encouraged greater collaboration and technology transfer in high value investment segments such as chemicals, electrical and electronics (E&E), machinery and equipment (M&E), aerospace, healthcare (including medical devices and telemedicine), ICT,data analytics, design and development, robotics, internet of things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and sectors which support the industrial development.
10. Both Ministers are encouraged with the progress of the “Two Countries, Twin Parks” namely, China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park (CMQIP) and Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP) and are working towards closer cooperation through the CMQIP and MCKIP Joint Cooperation Council (JCC) to attract more investments into the parks.
11. Both Ministers agreed to intensify cooperation in agriculture, livestock and fishery, as well as in emerging areas like e-commerce, internet economy, science and technology as well as innovation. China and Malaysia will strive to boost trade volume, promote financial stability through bilateral and regional cooperation, improve the business environment and support cooperation among SMEs and service institutions. Malaysia welcomed China’s acceleration of the construction of a new development paradigm with domestic circulation as the mainstay and domestic and international circulations reinforcing each other and would like to work together with China in this development.
12. Both Ministers acknowledged the significance and importance of the trade in commodities, especially that of palm oil. Both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in promoting sustainability requirements for palm oil products which adhered to the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) and the Green Food label. China agreed to encourage its enterprises to increase import of sustainably produced palm oil and other Malaysian products in accordance with market rules. Both sides also agreed to explore opportunities in engaging trilateral cooperation using Malaysian palm oil and palm oil-based products.
13. Both Ministers acknowledged the importance of the tourism industry in promoting greater people-to-people contact and sustainable socio-economic growth, and in fostering mutual understanding between the two countries. The two sides agreed to strengthen, deepen and broaden cooperation in this area. Both sides reviewed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the China-Malaysia Year of Culture and Tourism in 2020, and agreed to galvanize their efforts to promote tourism and exchanges of people between the two countries once the situation permits. 14. The two Ministers recalled the establishment of dialogue relations between ASEAN and China in Malaysia in 1991 and looked forward to the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations in 2021. Both sides spoke highly of the development of ASEAN-China relations and pledged to work together to further strengthen this partnership. Both sides agreed to forge closer relations as outlined in the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership Vision 2030, as well as in other mutually agreed areas of cooperation and looked forward to a continued cooperation under the newly proposed Plan of Action to Implement the Joint Declaration on ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity (2021-2025). Both sides also welcomed the conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and looked forward to the signing of the RCEP in 2020.
15. On the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), both sides looked forward to the implementation of the Plan of Action for BIMP-EAGA China Cooperation 2020-2025 in all 9 priority areas of collaboration which will bring tangible benefits to our people.
16. Both sides underscored the importance of maintaining peace, security and stability, as well as freedom of navigation in and overflight above the South China Sea. Both sides emphasized the need for sovereign states directly concerned to pursue peaceful resolution of disputes through friendly consultations and negotiations, in accordance with the universally recognized principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Both sides further emphasized the need for all parties to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would complicate or escalate disputes in the South China Sea. Both sides agreed to enhance dialogue on maritime affairs and promote practical maritime cooperation. Both sides, together with the ASEAN Member States, will work for the full and effective implementation of the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and encourage maritime cooperation, as well as intensify substantive progress towards the early conclusion of an effective and substantive Code of Conduct (COC).
17. Noting that 2020 was the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations, both sides reiterated their firm commitment to the principles of multilateralism. They shared the view that cooperation on multilateral affairs constitutes an important part of their comprehensive strategic partnership. Both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation at the United Nations and other multilateral fora, enhance South-South cooperation, safeguard the interests of developing countries and promote the building of a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation. China will firmly support Malaysia in hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2020 meetings, to build consensus on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery. China introduced the Global Initiative on Data Security. Both countries agreed that the most effective way to address the challenges of digital security is a cooperative approach anchored on a multilateral platform accessible to all countries. Both sides stand ready to work together to promote the growth of digital economy and advance global digital governance. The two sides will jointly uphold multilateralism, oppose trade protectionism and unilateralism, uphold the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the rules-based multilateral trading regime under the WTO, and promote an open, inclusive, balanced and win-win economic globalization that benefits all.
18. Both sides expressed their satisfaction with the outcomes of this visit, and agreed that it was imperative to resume face-to-face discussions and intensify cooperation in the post-COVID-19 era. His Excellency Wang Yi expressed his appreciation for the warm welcome and generous hospitality accorded to him and the Chinese delegation by the government and people of Malaysia. His Excellency Wang Yi extended an invitation to the Honourable Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin to visit China at a mutually convenient time. The Honourable Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin readily and sincerely accepted his invitation with pleasure.
UNITED NATIONS DAY
24 OCTOBER 2020
Malaysia joins the international community in celebrating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) today. UN Day is an annual celebration to mark the entry into force of the Charter of the UN, which led to the establishment of this august body on this day in 1945.
As a member of the UN since 1957, Malaysia is committed to promoting the three founding pillars of the UN, which are peace and security, human rights and development. It also continues to work with other UN member states to uphold multilateralism and promote global cooperation on the world stage.
Speaking at the High-Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN held last month, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin reaffirmed Malaysia’s commitment to the UN as the only global institution that the international community can claim ownership.
Under the theme “The future we want, the UN we need: Reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism”, the High-Level Meeting also witnessed the adoption of the Declaration on the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the UN by all leaders of UN member states, including Malaysia. The Declaration recognises the necessity of multilateralism to address global challenges and reaffirm the importance of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Malaysia greatly values the 2030 Agenda, which is aligned with the five-year national development plan. Looking forward, Malaysia will participate for the second time in the Voluntary National Review (VNR) at the 2021 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. The VNR, which reports the actions and measures taken by Malaysia to advance the implementation of the SDGs, reflects our commitment to fulfill the 2030 Agenda.
In support of strengthening international peace and security, Malaysia deposited its instrument of ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on 30 September 2020, which is a testament of Malaysia’s unwavering commitment towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons. Furthermore, Malaysia has participated in 36 UN peacekeeping missions since 1960, having deployed more than 35,000 troops to date.
Malaysia is also proud to host the Asia Pacific hub for the World Food Programme (WFP) UN Humanitarian Response Depot, which facilitates global efforts to provide humanitarian and disaster relief assistance to countries in need, as we continue to fight the unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On this auspicious UN day, Malaysia renews its commitment to continue cooperating and engaging with the UN and all its member states, based on the principles of mutual respect and international law, as enshrined in the UN Charter.
24 October 2020