APPOINTMENT OF NEW MALAYSIAN HEADS OF MISSION

Nineteen new Malaysian Heads of Mission have been appointed by a decree from Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah.


As the country is still facing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has decreed that the new Malaysian Heads of Mission will be appointed by Written Decree instead of holding the customary ceremony at the National Palace.


The newly-appointed Malaysian Heads of Mission are:-


Dato’ Nadzirah Osman
Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to the Netherlands


Dato’ Nadzirah Osman began her diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1994. Prior to this appointment, Dato’ Nadzirah was the Deputy Secretary General (Multilateral Affairs) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She also served as the Ambassador of Malaysia to the Czech Republic from 2014 until 2017.


Ambassador Zakri Jaafar
High Commissioner-Designate of Malaysia to the United Kingdom


Ambassador Zakri Jaafar began his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992. Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Zakri was the Ambassador of Malaysia to Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also served as the Ambassador of Malaysia to Jordan from 2014 until 2017.


Dato’ Ahmad Rozian Abd Ghani
Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to Belgium


Dato’ Ahmad Rozian Abd Ghani began his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1994. Prior to this appointment, Dato’ Ahmad Rozian was the Director General of the ASEAN-Malaysia National Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also served as the Ambassador of Malaysia to Kuwait from 2015 until 2018.


Dato’ Mohd Zamruni Khalid
Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to France


Dato’ Mohd Zamruni Khalid began his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1994. Prior to this appointment, Dato’ Mohd Zamruni was the Director General of the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also served as the Ambassador of Malaysia to Vietnam from 2016 until 2019.


Dato’ Dr. Azfar Mohamad Mustafar
High Commissioner-Designate of Malaysia to Singapore


Dato’ Dr. Azfar Mohamad Mustafar began his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1996. Prior to this appointment, Dato’ Dr. Azfar was the Ambassador of Malaysia to France. He also served as the Director General of the Department of Maritime Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from 2015 until 2018.

 

Dato’ Roslan Abdul Rahman
High Commissioner-Designate of Malaysia to Australia


Dato’ Roslan Abdul Rahman began his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1995. Prior to this appointment, Dato’ Roslan was the Ambassador of Malaysia to Cuba. He also served as the Ambassador of Malaysia to Azerbaijan from 2014 until 2018.

 

Ambassador Ikram Mohd Ibrahim
Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to Austria


Ambassador Ikram Mohd Ibrahim began his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1996. Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Ikram was the High Commissioner of Malaysia to Pakistan. He also served as the Undersecretary of the Multilateral Security and International Organizations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from 2015 until 2018.


Raja Dato’ Reza Raja Zaib Shah
High Commissioner-Designate of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam


Raja Dato’ Reza Raja Zaib Shah began his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1996. Prior to this appointment, Raja Dato’ Reza was the Ambassador of Malaysia to Ukraine. He also served as the Undersecretary of the West Asia Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from 2015 until 2018.


Ambassador Anizan @ Siti Hajjar Adnin
High Commissioner-Designate of Malaysia to Canada


Ambassador Anizan @ Siti Hajjar Adnin began her diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1994. Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Anizan @ Siti Hajjar was the Undersecretary of the Southeast Asia Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She also served as the Ambassador of Malaysia to Ireland from 2017 until 2018.

 

Kennedy Mayong Onon
Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to Croatia


Kennedy Mayong Onon began his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1997. Prior to this appointment, Kennedy was the Undersecretary of the Multilateral Security Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also previously served as the Minister at the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations in New York, United States of America.


Zamani Ismail
Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to Egypt


Zamani Ismail began his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1997. Prior to this appointment, Zamani was the Undersecretary of the Administration and Security Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also previously served as the Deputy High Commissioner at the High Commission of Malaysia in Canberra, Australia.


Shaiful Anuar Mohammad
Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to Oman


Shaiful Anuar Mohammad began his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998. Prior to this appointment, Shaiful Anuar was the Undersecretary of the Human Resource Management Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also previously served as the Minister at the Embassy of Malaysia in Washington D.C., United States of America.


Francisco Munis
Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to Hungary


Francisco Munis began his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998. Prior to this appointment, Francisco was the Deputy Chief of Protocol in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also previously served as the Minister at the Embassy of Malaysia in Moscow, Russia.


Tengku Dato’ Sirajuzzaman Tengku Mohamed Ariffin
Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to Romania


Tengku Dato’ Sirajuzzaman Tengku Mohamed Ariffin began his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1997. Prior to this appointment, Tengku Dato’ Sirajuzzaman was the Deputy Director General (Political-Security) at the ASEAN-Malaysia National Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also served as the Consul General of Malaysia to Hong Kong, China, from 2014 until 2019.


Mohammad Faizal Razali
Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to Algeria


Mohammad Faizal Razali began his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2000. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Mohammad Faizal was the Undersecretary of the East Asia Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also previously served as the Minister at the Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok, Thailand.


Shazryll Zahiran
Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to Bahrain


Shazryll Zahiran began his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2000. Prior to this appointment, Shazryll was the Deputy Director General (Policy and Strategic Planning) at the Department of Policy Planning and Coordination, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also served as the Consul General of Malaysia to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, from 2011 until 2015.

 

Raja Saifful Ridzuwan Raja Kamaruddin
Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to Bosnia and Herzegovina


Raja Saifful Ridzuwan Raja Kamaruddin began his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2000. Prior to this appointment, Raja Saifful Ridzuwan was the Deputy Director General (Coordination and Implementation Monitoring) at the Department of Policy Planning and Coordination, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also served as the Consul General of Malaysia to Los Angeles, United States of America, from 2014 until 2018.


Azri Mat Yacob
Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to Lebanon


Azri Mat Yacob began his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2001. Prior to this appointment, Azri was the Undersecretary of the Communication and Public Diplomacy Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also previously served as the Minister at the Embassy of Malaysia in Tokyo, Japan.


Nur Azman Abdul Rahim
Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to Argentina


Nur Azman Abdul Rahim began his diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2001. Prior to this appointment, Nur Azman was the Deputy Director General (Socio-Cultural) at the ASEAN-Malaysia National Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also previously served at the High Commission of Malaysia in Singapore.

 


PUTRAJAYA
15 JUNE 2021


MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS WILL ISSUE A DIPLOMATIC PROTEST AND SUMMON THE AMBASSADOR OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS WILL ISSUE A DIPLOMATIC PROTEST AND SUMMON THE AMBASSADOR OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs refers to the statement issued by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) regarding the intrusion of 16 aircraft belonging to the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) of the People’s Republic of China into Malaysian airspace over the Malaysian Maritime Zone (MMZ).

Based on the report received from RMAF, the Ministry will issue a diplomatic note of protest against the intrusion to the Government of the People’s Republic of China.

The Ministry will also summon the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Malaysia to provide explanation regarding this breach of the Malaysian airspace and sovereignty by the 16 PLAAF aircraft.

In addition, I will also relay Malaysia’s serious concern on the matter to my counterpart in China.

Malaysia’s stand is clear - having friendly diplomatic relations with any countries does not mean that we will compromise our national security. Malaysia remains steadfast in defending our dignity and our sovereignty.

 

YB DATO’ SERI HISHAMMUDDIN HUSSEIN
PUTRAJAYA
1 JUNE 2021


UPDATES SPECIAL ASEAN-CHINA FOREIGN MINISTERS’ MEETING AND WORKING VISITS TO EGYPT, KUWAIT, AND QATAR 6 JUNE 2021

UPDATES: SPECIAL ASEAN-CHINA FOREIGN MINISTERS’ MEETING AND WORKING VISITS TO EGYPT, KUWAIT, AND QATAR

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs refers to our Press Release of 5 June 2021 concerning the attendance of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, at the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Chongqing, the People’s Republic of China on 7 June 2021, as well as working visits to Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar.

It is with deep regret that the Ministry is providing this update that the Foreign Minister is no longer in a position to proceed with the visits to Chongqing, Cairo, Kuwait City and Doha as scheduled. This is due to the fact that, based on the prevailing health regulations and standard operating procedures (SOP), the Foreign Minister has been deemed a close contact by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to a person who has been found positive after a COVID-19 PCR test.

Although the Foreign Minister has undergone two (2) PCR tests which have been found negative – under guidelines prescribed by MOH, the Foreign Minister is required to undergo compulsory quarantine and self-isolation.

Given this unavoidable circumstance, the Foreign Minister will be represented by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar, as Head of the Malaysia’s delegation to the scheduled Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Chongqing. Consequently also, the Foreign Minister has postponed his working visits to Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar to a new set of dates to be determined in consultations with the governments of these countries. The Ministry is working closely with our counterparts in Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar for this purpose.

 

PUTRAJAYA

6 June 2021


SPECIAL ASEAN-CHINA FOREIGN MINISTERS’ MEETING PRESS RELEASE 5TH JUNE 2021

A. SPECIAL ASEAN-CHINA FOREIGN MINISTERS’ MEETING

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein will be leading the Malaysian delegation to the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Chongqing, the People’s Republic of China on 7 June 2021.

The meeting is at the invitation of His Excellency Wang Yi, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations. All ASEAN Foreign Ministers and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, as well as the Secretary-General of ASEAN are expected to attend the Meeting.

During the Special Meeting, the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN and China will exchange views and explore collaborative ways and means in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak, in addition to regional and international matters of common concern.

YB Minister of Foreign Affairs will hold a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sideline of the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The two Ministers are expected to explore new initiatives for a more substantive and dynamic partnership between Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China. The focus areas include COVID-19 vaccines cooperation, infrastructure development, finance, digital economy, food production and high-tech agriculture.

Both Ministers will also be exchanging views on regional and international issues of mutual concern, in addition to addressing the situation in the South China Sea. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has on 3 June 2021 summoned the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, and handed over Malaysia’s protest note in response to the recent incident in Malaysia’s airspace off the coast of Sarawak. The two Ministers will discuss the best way forward in ensuring such incident will not recur in the interest of maintaining peace and stability, and avoiding any miscalculation or unintended consequences.

 

B. ANTALYA DIPLOMACY FORUM

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein will be leading the Malaysian delegation to the inaugural Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Antalya, Turkey which will be officiated by the President of the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The Antalya Diplomacy Forum will explore the horizons of diplomacy across a range of key regional, global and thematic issues under the theme of “Innovative Diplomacy: New Era, New Approaches”. The Forum will be attended by leaders from more than 37 countries, including policy-makers, diplomats and academics from all over the world.

 

C. WORKING VISITS OF YB DATO’ SERI HISHAMMUDDIN TUN HUSSEIN, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MALAYSIA TO EGYPT, KUWAIT AND QATAR

In between the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and the Antalya Diplomacy Forum, the Foreign Minister will undertake working visits to Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar. These visits underscore the great importance Malaysia attaches to our relations and partnerships with like-minded countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

 

D. SIGNIFICANCE OF THESE VISITS

These working visits will provide an opportunity for Malaysia to reinvigorate and further strengthen our relations with Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, and Turkey. The Foreign Minister will hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts and is scheduled to pay courtesy calls on the respective Heads of State and/or Governments in these countries.

These countries are Malaysia’s long-standing partners, with substantial multi-faceted cooperation and strong people to people ties. Special focus will be given to exploring new collaborative initiatives that will solidify the on-going efforts by Malaysia and our partners to address the current pandemic and its impacts and facilitate post-pandemic recovery.

Malaysia will also highlight our unwavering support for the people of Palestine and consistent position with regard to the Israel-Palestine conflict. As like-minded countries, and members of international organisations like the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Malaysia stands ready to work closely with all our partners in finding a viable and constructive platform to discuss joint efforts in supporting the Palestinian cause, especially in providing immediate and unimpeded humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people, and the reconstruction of Gaza.

As Malaysia’s priority remains on the efforts to bring to an immediate end to the prolonged suffering of the Palestinian people and the illegal Israeli occupation of their lands – these visits are significant for Malaysia, together with all our partners to work towards finding a long-lasting and peaceful solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

The Foreign Minister will be accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

D. COVID-19 PREVENTATIVE STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOP)

The working visits will be subjected to strict Covid-19 preventative standard operating procedure (SOP) as agreed upon by the Ministry of Health (MOH), National Security Council (NSC) as well as the relevant health authorities in China, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey.

 

PUTRAJAYA

5 JUNE 2021


MALAYSIA COMMENDS THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA FOR ITS INITIATIVE TO END THE CONFLICT IN YEMEN

 

MALAYSIA COMMENDS THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA FOR ITS INITIATIVE TO END THE CONFLICT IN YEMEN

 

 

Malaysia commends the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its latest initiative to end the conflict and restart the political process in Yemen . The initiative is a very significant step forward for Yemen.

 

Malaysia calls upon the concerned parties to seize this golden opportunity to implement the said initiative in good faith and without preconditions including through a nationwide ceasefire, reopening of Sana'a airport, regular flow of fuel and other commodities into Yemen through Hudaydah port, as well as a comprehensive political consultation between Yemeni conflicting parties.

 

Malaysia believes that the only lasting solution to the conflict in Yemen is by ensuring an inclusive and negotiated political settlement. We stand ready to work closely with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the rest of the international community towards this goal for lasting peace, security and stability in Yemen.

 

 

PUTRAJAYA

24 MARCH 2021