THE MEETING BY THE AMBASSADOR OF MALAYSIA TO MYANMAR AT THE MINISTRY OF ELECTRICITY AND ENERGY OF THE REPUBLIC UNION OF MYANMAR

THE MEETING BY THE AMBASSADOR OF MALAYSIA TO MYANMAR

AT THE MINISTRY OF ELECTRICITY AND ENERGY OF THE REPUBLIC UNION OF MYANMAR

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia refers to media inquiries about the meeting of the Ambassador of Malaysia to Myanmar at the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) in Nay Pyi Taw on 7 April 2021.

 

The meeting was held to convey to the MOEE the decision of PETRONAS Carigali Myanmar (Hong Kong) Limited (PCML), a subsidiary of PETRONAS, to suspend temporarily the upstream operations of Yetagun gas project.

 

The meeting does not construe a recognition or otherwise of the State Administration Council (SAC).

 

Malaysia’s position on Myanmar is clear and consistent. We have persistently called for an immediate end to violence, unconditional and immediate release of political detainees, and resumption of an inclusive dialogue involving all concerned parties for a political transition and peaceful settlement of the ongoing crisis in the interest of Myanmar and her people.

 

We will continue our constructive engagements with all concerned parties towards this end.

 

PUTRAJAYA

8 APRIL 2021

 


PM TAN SRI MUHYIDDIN YASSIN WILL LEAD MALAYSIA'S DELEGATION AT THE VIRTUAL 10TH D-8 ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION (D-8) SUMMIT, 8 APRIL 2021

PM TAN SRI MUHYIDDIN YASSIN WILL LEAD MALAYSIA'S DELEGATION

AT THE VIRTUAL 10TH D-8 ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION (D-8) SUMMIT, 8 APRIL 2021

 

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will lead Malaysia's delegation at the 10th Summit of the D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation (D-8) on 8 April 2021. The Virtual Summit is hosted by Bangladesh, the current Chair of the D-8 Summit.

The Summit was preceded by the 19th Session of the D-8 Council of Ministers on 7 April 2021, attended by Foreign Minister Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. The 43rd Session of the D-8 Commission was held on 5 – 6 April 2021.

The theme for this year's D-8 Summit, "Partnership for a Transformative World: Harnessing the Power of Youth and Technology", is timely given the need for D-8 to explore new opportunities through the empowerment of youth and digital technology in addressing the current global economic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leaders are expected to discuss and review the developments and achievements of the six areas of economic cooperation and formulate the economic cooperation plans for the next decade.

The six (6) areas of economic cooperation under the D-8 are trade, agriculture and food security, industrial cooperation and SMEs, transportation, energy and minerals, and tourism.

Leaders are also expected to adopt two (2) outcome documents: the Dhaka Declaration and D-8 Decennial Roadmap for 2020-2030.

The Dhaka Declaration reaffirms Member States' commitments towards the D-8's objectives and cooperation framework in charting D-8's future strategic direction.

The D-8 Decennial Roadmap for 2020-2030 will guide the work of the D-8 towards the D-8 achievements for the next ten years.

This year's Summit is expected to generate new initiatives and ideas to achieve the objectives and aspiration of the D-8. Malaysia's participation at the Summit will demonstrate Malaysia's continued commitment and support to the initiatives under the D-8 cooperation framework.

The D-8 Secretariat, based in Istanbul, Turkey, is led by Datuk Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari, the first Malaysian to hold the Secretary-General position. He was appointed on 1 January 2018.

 

PUTRAJAYA

07 APRIL 2021

 


PM YAB TAN SRI MUHYIDDIN YASSIN AKAN MENGETUAI DELEGASI MALAYSIA KE SIDANG KEMUNCAK KUMPULAN LAPAN NEGARA MEMBANGUN (D-8) KE-10 (SECARA MAYA) 8 APRIL 2021

PM YAB TAN SRI MUHYIDDIN YASSIN AKAN MENGETUAI DELEGASI MALAYSIA

KE SIDANG KEMUNCAK KUMPULAN LAPAN NEGARA MEMBANGUN (D-8) KE-10 (SECARA MAYA) 8 APRIL 2021

 

Perdana Menteri YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin akan mengetuai delegasi Malaysia ke Sidang Kemuncak Kumpulan Lapan Negara Membangun (D-8) Ke-10 yang diadakan secara maya pada 8 April 2021. Sidang Kemuncak ini dihoskan oleh Bangladesh selaku Pengerusi Sidang Kemuncak D-8.

Sidang Kemuncak ini telah didahului dengan Sesi Mesyuarat Majlis Menteri-Menteri D-8 Ke-19 yang disertai oleh Menteri Luar Negeri YB Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein pada 7 April 2021. Sesi Mesyuarat Pesuruhjaya D-8 Ke-43 pula telah diadakan pada 5 – 6 April 2021.

Tema Sidang Kemuncak pada tahun ini iaitu “Partnership for a Transformative World: Harnessing the Power of Youth and Technology”, adalah bertepatan dengan agenda D-8 untuk mengkaji semula insiaiatif sedia ada dan pada masa yang sama meneroka peluang baharu melalui pemerkasaan belia dan teknologi digital, dalam menangani cabaran ekonomi global, yang terjejas teruk akibat pandemik COVID-19.

Para pemimpin dijangka membincang dan memperhalusi perkembangan serta pencapaian kerjasama ekonomi yang wujud sejak dua dekad yang lalu seterusnya merangka rancangan kerjasama ekonomi untuk dekad seterusnya.

Kerjasama ekonomi di bawah Kumpulan D-8 meliputi enam (6) bidang keutamaan iaitu perdagangan, kerjasama industri dan perusahaan kecil dan sederhana, pertanian, pengangkutan, tenaga dan mineral serta pelancongan.

Para pemimpin juga akan menerima pakai dua (2) dokumen hasil iaitu Deklarasi Dhaka dan Pelan Hala Tuju D-8 2020-2030.

Deklarasi Dhaka akan memperkukuh komitmen negara anggota bagi menyempurnakan objektif dan kerjasama D-8 dalam merangka strategi masa hadapan manakala Pelan Hala Tuju D-8 bagi tempoh 2020 – 2030 akan menyediakan garis panduan bagi pemantauan dan penilaian ke atas pencapaian D-8 untuk 10 tahun.

Sidang Kemuncak ini juga dijangka akan menjana idea dan inisiatif baharu bagi mencapai objektif dan aspirasi Kumpulan D-8. Penyertaan Malaysia ke Sidang Kemuncak ini secara langsung menzahirkan komitmen dan sokongan berterusan Malaysia terhadap inisiatif-inisiatif di bawah rangka kerjasama D-8.

Setiausaha Agung D-8 kini ialah Dato' Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari, iaitu rakyat Malaysia pertama yang dilantik ke jawatan tersebut. Beliau telah dilantik pada 1 Januari 2018 untuk tempoh 4 tahun.

 

PUTRAJAYA

07 APRIL 2021


JOINT STATEMENT ON THE 23RD ANNUAL LEADERS’ CONSULTATION BETWEEN HIS MAJESTY SULTAN HAJI HASSANAL BOLKIAH MU’IZZADDIN WADDAULAH, SULTAN AND YANG DI-PERTUAN OF BRUNEI DARUSSALAM AND THE RIGHT HONOURABLE TAN SRI MUHYIDDIN YASSIN, PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM 4 – 5 APRIL 2021

JOINT STATEMENT ON THE

 

23RD ANNUAL LEADERS’ CONSULTATION

BETWEEN

 

HIS MAJESTY SULTAN HAJI HASSANAL BOLKIAH MU’IZZADDIN WADDAULAH,

 

SULTAN AND YANG DI-PERTUAN OF BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

 

AND

 

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE TAN SRI MUHYIDDIN YASSIN,

 

PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA

 

 

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

 

4 – 5 APRIL 2021

 

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam warmly welcomed The Right Honourable Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister of Malaysia and spouse, Her Excellency Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, for their first official visit to Brunei Darussalam on 4 – 5 April 2021.

 

  1. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and The Right Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia also held the 23rdrd Annual Leaders’ Consultation, which was conducted in a cordial and productive atmosphere, demonstrating the long-standing relations between the two countries and people.

 

  1. Reflecting on these important ties, both Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to further nurture this special relationship by broadening and strengthening collaboration in an array of mutually beneficial areas. They also expressed appreciation on the continuous efforts to deepen exchanges and promote strategic cooperation in various fields under the respective bilateral mechanisms. Both Leaders also welcomed the recent discussions between the foreign ministers during the official visit of Yang Berhormat Dato Seri’ Hishammuddin Tun Hussein to Brunei Darussalam on 28 February – 1 March 2021.
 
  1. The Leaders recognised the profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic upon the economy and social fabric of each other’s countries. In this regard, they reiterated their commitment to work closely together in addressing the common challenges, and underscored the importance of revitalising and protecting the socio-economic stability of both countries and peoples.

 

  1. Moving forward, both Leaders also discussed the possible cooperation of Brunei Darussalam-Malaysia in vaccine diplomacy. The cooperation would be centred upon three matters which include a reciprocal vaccination arrangement for both nationals covering diplomats, students and expatriates; ensuring access to vaccine supplies for both Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia; and a reciprocal mutual recognition of vaccination certificates between both nations as this step would facilitate cross-border movement of the people between both countries.

 

  1. Both Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining the movement of peoples during the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring their safe cross-border movement, with the necessary safeguards in place so that public health concerns are addressed. In this regard, both sides have agreed in principle to establish a Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL), with effective COVID-19 prevention and control measures, to facilitate essential business and official travel between both countries. The Leaders further agreed for officials from both sides to undertake consultations on the draft Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) of the proposed RGL.

 

  1. The Leaders noted the disruption of flight operations since March 2020 and looked forward to the resumption of air travel when the situation permits.

 

  1. Both Leaders also expressed their appreciation with the collaboration between the two governments, particularly in managing the repatriation of their respective citizens stranded in each other’s country and other countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a testament to the close and enduring ties between the two countries and their peoples.

 

  1. The Leaders reaffirmed the significance of the Exchange of Letters signed by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and the Prime Minister of Malaysia on 16 March 2009. They reiterated the importance of the mechanism under the implementation of the Exchange of Letters led by the foreign ministers of both countries, and expressed hope that both sides would exert all efforts in advancing their work in this area.

 

  1. The Leaders were pleased with the long-standing collaboration between Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darussalam and PETRONAS, and expressed hope that both sides would step up efforts to further progress in their commercial arrangements, including monetisation discussions for viable development of the gas resources in the commercial arrangement areas.

 

  1. The Leaders welcomed the formalisation of the Unitisation Agreement (UA) between the Brunei National Unitisation Secretariat and PETRONAS, which would be a landmark agreement and signifies the strong cooperation between the two sides. The UA will provide a positive momentum to the oil and gas cooperation between both countries.

 

  1. The Leaders noted the latest developments on the joint demarcation and survey of the land boundary between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia, and urged the Joint Technical Committee to undertake demarcation and survey work expeditiously, especially in agreed priority areas and areas of significant interest to the people of both countries. They reaffirmed the agreement for both sides to not undertake any developmental activities in areas where joint demarcation and survey has yet to be completed. Both Leaders further agreed to explore the possibility of establishing cooperation to carry out coordinated patrols to ensure among others, uninterrupted technical work in such areas. In this regard, the Leaders tasked their respective Ministers of Foreign Affairs to ensure the convening of the First Meeting of the Joint Brunei Darussalam-Malaysia Land Boundary Committee to discuss the findings of the Joint Land Boundary Technical Committee and to further strategise a concrete way forward on all related outstanding issues.

 

  1. The Leaders underscored the need to further enhance closer economic cooperation, especially between Brunei Darussalam and the states of Sabah and Sarawak. Both Leaders also reiterated the importance of enhancing connectivity with the opening of the Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Bridge (bridge linking the Brunei-Muara district with the Temburong district) to facilitate greater international trade and investment opportunities between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia as well as through the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). They also welcomed efforts to strengthen business-to-business engagement, including the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Chambers of Commerce and Industries of both countries which would cover economic cooperation and commercial exchanges.

 

  1. The Leaders underlined the importance of synergy in cooperation and promotion in other sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, education as well as connectivity, trade and tourism.

 

  1. The Leaders reaffirmed the importance of close defence ties between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia, and expressed commitment to strengthen collaboration between the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) and the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) in areas of strategic importance through regular exchanges of visits, training and military exercises.

 

  1. In this regard, both Leaders commended the continued participation of RBAF and MAF personnel in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the International Monitoring Team (IMT) in Mindanao, Philippines, and their contribution towards preserving regional peace and security.

 

  1. Both Leaders noted the continuous involvement of defence officials to the Defence Services Asia Conference and Exhibition (DSA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as well as the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Langkawi, Malaysia. The Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia looked forward to Brunei Darussalam’s continuous support for the 17th DSA in March 2022. The two Leaders also expressed satisfaction with the collaboration in ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM), including through several initiatives such as the ASEAN Direct Communications Infrastructure (ADI), ADMM Logistics Support Framework, ASEAN Defence Interaction Programme (ADIP) and ASEAN Militaries Ready Group on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (AMRG on HADR).

 

  1. Both Leaders expressed satisfaction with the steady progress made in agriculture, particularly on the importation of livestock and fresh produce from Sabah and Sarawak. The two Leaders emphasised the importance of strengthening cooperation in this area towards ensuring food supply chains and distribution functions efficiently.

 

  1. Both Leaders acknowledged the significant benefits of enhancing connectivity and collaboration in transport, particularly in facilitating the movement of goods and people. In this regard, the Leaders looked forward to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Transport Cooperation, paving the way for enhanced partnership in areas such as safety, security, intelligent transport systems and logistics. The Leaders also looked forward to the early conclusion of a modernised Air Services Agreement between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia.

 

  1. Both Leaders also looked forward to the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Fields of Youth and Sports, signed in 2011, with the objective of enhancing collaboration in youth and sports development, including youth empowerment and leadership in both countries. This will reaffirm both countries’ commitment to further develop closer people-to-people ties among successive generations.

 

  1. The Leaders welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two Governments on Cooperation in Disaster Management, which would strengthen ties in this area, particularly through training, the conduct of joint exercises, operations and the exchange of expertise and information related to disaster prevention and risk reduction.

 

  1. Both Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to undertake mutual cooperation in the areas of information and communication technology, including multimedia and cybersecurity, and welcomed the progress made towards finalising the Memorandum of Understanding on Info-Communications Media.

 

  1. His Majesty congratulated the Prime Minister on Malaysia’s successful Chairmanship of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) last year, with the endorsement of the 2020 Kuala Lumpur Declaration and APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040. Both Leaders envision an open, dynamic, resilient and peaceful Asia-Pacific community by 2040, for the prosperity of all of the people in the region.

 

  1. Malaysia congratulated Brunei Darussalam on assuming the ASEAN Chairmanship and its apt theme for the year: “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper”. Both Leaders looked forward to working closely together with other ASEAN Member States on harnessing the caring nature of ASEAN to build a harmonious and resilient ASEAN Community with the people at its centre; preparing and adapting for future challenges and threats to ensure ASEAN remains relevant and resilient; and creating opportunities for people to benefit through initiatives that enhance the sustainable prosperity of the region. Malaysia reaffirmed its fullest support and cooperation to take forward Brunei Darussalam’s key priorities and deliverables under its Chairmanship.

 

  1. Both Leaders exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest and expressed serious concern on the ongoing crisis in Myanmar and the rising number of fatalities. They urged all parties to refrain from instigating further violence, and for all sides to immediately exercise utmost restraint and flexibility. The Leaders called on all parties concerned to seek a peaceful solution and pursue constructive dialogue, reconciliation and quickly return to normalcy in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar and for the greater peace, security and stability of the region. The Leaders also recalled the purposes and principles enshrined in the ASEAN Charter, and emphasised that it remains in ASEAN’s greater interest to see Myanmar resolve the crisis and regain stability. The Leaders reaffirmed ASEAN’s readiness to assist Myanmar, including through the good offices of the Chairman of ASEAN and the Secretary-General of ASEAN in a positive, peaceful and constructive manner. In this regard, both Leaders agreed for ASEAN Leaders to meet to discuss the ongoing developments in Myanmar and tasked their respective Ministers and senior officials to undertake necessary preparations for the meeting that will be held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia.

 

  1. Both Leaders also agreed to advance ASEAN’s proactive and outward-looking approach in the conduct of ASEAN’s external relations based on shared interests, constructive engagements and mutual benefits, which can contribute to ASEAN’s Community-building. In this regard, both Leaders welcomed the application of the United Kingdom to become a Dialogue Partner of ASEAN as well as the applications of Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates to be Sectoral Dialogue Partners of ASEAN.

 

  1. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam expressed his warmest greetings to all Malaysians celebrating the upcoming blessed month of Ramadhan. The Right Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia returned the greeting, and wished all Bruneians observing the holy month a happy Ramadhan Al-Mubarak.

 

  1. Both Leaders expressed satisfaction with the outcome of their meeting and looked forward to the implementation of the decisions reached for a much-strengthened bilateral relationship and cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia.

 

  1. The Leaders agreed to hold the 24th Annual Leaders’ Consultation in Malaysia in 2022.

 

 

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

 

5 April 2021

 


OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE TAN SRI MUHYIDDIN YASSIN PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA TO NEGARA BRUNEI DARUSSALAM 4 – 5 APRIL 2021

OFFICIAL VISIT OF

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE TAN SRI MUHYIDDIN YASSIN

PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA TO NEGARA BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

4 – 5 APRIL 2021

 

The Right Honourable Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will undertake an official visit to Bandar Seri Begawan from 4th to 5th April 2021 in conjunction with the 23rd Malaysia-Brunei Darussalam Annual Leaders’ Consultation. The official visit is also to honour the invitation extended by His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah to the Right Honourable Prime Minister.

 

This is the Right Honourable Prime Minister’s first meeting with His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam, under the Annual Leaders’ Consultation framework.

 

During the visit, The Right Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia will hold a meeting with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah. The meeting will be followed by an Official Luncheon hosted by His Majesty the Sultan.

 

A.  MALAYSIA-BRUNEI 23rd ANNUAL LEADERS’ CONSULTATION

 

The Annual Leaders’ Consultation is the highest platform for discussion on a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues of common interest to both countries. Both Leaders will take the opportunity of this important annual meeting to take stock of the progress of the on-going special relations, cooperation and further enhance the post COVID-19 cooperation that will benefit the peoples of both countries. This, among others, would include discussions on the establishment of the Reciprocal Green Lane Arrangement (RGL), initiating cooperation on vaccine diplomacy between both countries and promotion of closer economic cooperation.

 

A Joint Statement will be issued after the meeting. During the Consultation, both Leaders will also be witnessing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Natural Disaster Management as well as the formalisation of the Unitisation Agreement between PETRONAS and Brunei’s National Unitisation Secretariat (BNUS) in the oil and gas sector. The 22 Annual Leaders’ Consultation was held in Putrajaya on 5 March 2019.

 

B.  OFFICIAL VISIT WILL BE UNDERTAKEN WITH A SMALL DELEGATION AND STRICT ADHERENCE TO COVID-19 PREVENTATIVE STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOP)

 

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam, The Right Honourable Prime Minister has instructed for the duration of the official visit to be less than 24 hours.

 

To minimize the risks of COVID-19, The Right Honourable Prime Minister will be accompanied by his wife, YABhg. Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman and a small delegation comprising the Honourable Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Minister of Foreign Affairs and senior government officials.

 

The official visit will also be subjected to strict COVID-19 preventative SOP as agreed upon by the Ministry of Health of Malaysia, National Security Council of Malaysia and the Ministry of Health of Brunei Darussalam. The SOP includes:

 

i. The Malaysian delegation is required to take a swab test before departing to Brunei Darussalam. Only individuals with negative test results within 72 hours are allowed to be part of the official visit;

 

ii. The delegation will be flying with a special aircraft in order to create a travel bubble to Brunei Darussalam;

 

iii. The Malaysian delegation is required to take another swab test upon arrival at the airport in Bandar Seri Begawan. Only individuals with negative test results which are verified by the relevant Bruneian authorities will be taken directly to their accommodation;

 

iv. The Malaysian delegation is prohibited from moving anywhere on their own except to designated areas of the official visit;

 

v. The Malaysian delegation will remain confined to their accommodation and designated areas of the official visit;

 

vi. Brunei Darussalam is a green zone country whereby it has been reported that for over 250 days, Brunei Darussalam has recorded zero cases of local transmission of COVID-19; and

 

vii. The Government of Brunei has given their assurance that the official visit will be held under very strict COVID-19 preventative SOP.

 

 

PUTRAJAYA

3 APRIL 2021