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APPOINTMENT OF NEW HEADS OF MISSION OF MALAYSIA
Five (5) new Heads of Mission of Malaysia received their Letter of Credence from His Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah in a ceremony held at Istana Negara on Tuesday, 7 July 2020. The Ceremony was also attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. The new Heads of Mission are:-
Ambassador Dato’ Bala Chandran Tharman
Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to the Russian Federation
Ambassador Dato’ Bala Chandran Tharman served as an Administrative and Diplomatic Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wisma Putra) since 1994. Prior to his appointment as the Ambassador of Malaysia to the Russian Federation, Ambassador Dato’ Bala Chandran was the Undersecretary of International Cooperation and Development Division.
Dato’ Bala Chandran had served at several Malaysian Missions abroad, namely the Embassy of Malaysia in Manila, Philippines (1998-2002), Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland (2002-2006) and Embassy of Malaysia in Beijing, China (2011-2014). He had also served in the Maritime Division (1994-1995), ASEAN Division (1996-1998), Multilateral Political Division (2006-2007) and Disarmament & Non-Proliferation Division (2007-2011).
Dato’ Bala Chandran was appointed as the Ambassador of Malaysia to Lebanon in 2014 and subsequently as the Director General of Policy Planning and Coordination, (2017-2018).
Ms. Haznah Md Hashim
High Commissioner-Designate of Malaysia to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Ms. Haznah Md Hashim served as an Administrative and Diplomatic Officer at Wisma Putra since 2000. Prior to her appointment as the High Commissioner of Malaysia to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Ms. Haznah was the Undersecretary of Multilateral Economic & Environment Division.
Ms. Haznah had served at the Embassy of Malaysia in Washington D.C., United States of America (2001-2004) and the High Commission of Malaysia in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam (2011-2016). She had also served in the Territorial & Maritime Affairs Division (2001-2004 & 2008), Adjudication & Arbitration Division (2007-2008), Research, Treaty & International Law Division (2008-2010) and Administration & Security Division (2010-2011).
Ms. Haznah also served as Deputy Director General of Maritime Affairs (2016-2017) and Undersecretary of Communication & Public Diplomacy (2017-2018).
Mr. Abu Bakar Mamat
Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to the Republic of Chile
Mr. Abu Bakar Mamat served as an Administrative and Diplomatic Officer at Wisma Putra since 2000. Prior to his appointment as the Ambassador of Malaysia to the Republic of Chile, Mr. Abu Bakar was the Undersecretary of CLMV & Oceania Division.
Mr. Abu Bakar had served at the Embassy of Malaysia in Windhoek, Namibia (2004-2008) and was appointed as the Consul General of Malaysia in Karachi, Pakistan from 2011 until 2015. He had also served in the Protocol Division (2001-2004), Directorate of Asia, Oceania & North Africa (2007-2008), Foreign Minister’s Office (2008-2009), Public Diplomacy & Information Division (2009) and OIC Division (2009-2011).
Mr. Abu Bakar also served as Deputy Director General of ASEAN External Affairs (2015-2016), Deputy Director General of Communication & Public Diplomacy (2016) and Undersecretary of Development Division (2016-2018).
Mr. Sazali Mustafa Kamal
Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to the Republic of Turkey
Mr. Sazali Mustafa Kamal served as an Administrative and Diplomatic Officer at the Wisma Putra since 2000. Prior to his appointment as the Ambassador of Malaysia to the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Sazali was the Undersecretary of Europe Division.
Mr. Sazali had served at the Embassy of Malaysia in Kuwait (2004-2007) and Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations in New York, United States of America (2012-2015). He had also served in the East Asia Division (2001), OIC & Regional Cooperation Division (2001-2004 & 2017-2018), Policy and Strategic Planning Division (2008-2010), Public Diplomacy & Information Division (2012) and Multilateral Political Division (2015-2017).
Mr. Sazali was a member of the International Monitoring Team in Mindanao (IMT-MV), Philippines from early 2010 until early 2012. He was also the Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs from July 2018 until May 2019.
Mr. Zamshari Shaharan
Ambassador-Designate of Malaysia to Qatar
Mr. Zamshari Shaharan had served at Wisma Putra since 1996. Prior to his appointment as the Ambassador of Malaysia to Qatar, Mr. Zamshari was the Minister / Deputy Head of Mission the Embassy of Malaysia in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Mr. Zamshari had served at the Embassy of Malaysia in Manila, Philippines (2002-2005) and Embassy of Malaysia in Paris, France (2011-2014).
He had also served in the Economic Division (1996-1998), ASEAN Division (1998-2002), Finance Division (2005-2006), Development Division (2006-2011) and West Asia Division (2014-2016).
7 July 2020
KEPULANGAN WARGANEGARA MALAYSIA DARI ARAB SAUDI
Kementerian Luar Negeri ingin memaklumkan seramai 234 orang warganegara Malaysia yang dilaporkan terkandas di Arab Saudi telah berangkat pulang ke tanah air dari Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa King Khalid, Riyadh pada 2 Julai 2020, jam 11:47 malam waktu tempatan di Riyadh menggunakan penerbangan repatriasi Saudia Airlines. Kesemua warganegara tersebut telah selamat tiba di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) pada hari ini, jam 12:51 tengah hari.
Kepulangan kumpulan warganegara Malaysia berkenaan telah dimudah cara oleh Kedutaan Besar Malaysia di Riyadh, dengan kos pembiayaan ditanggung secara persendirian oleh para penumpang.
Selaras dengan peraturan yang ditetapkan oleh Kerajaan Malaysia, kesemua warganegara Malaysia berkenaan diwajibkan menjalani proses saringan kesihatan setibanya di KLIA serta perlu menjalani proses kuarantin 14 hari di kediaman masing-masing.
Kedutaan Besar Malaysia di Riyadh dan Konsulat Jeneral Malaysia di Jeddah akan meneruskan pemantauan situasi semasa serta bekerjasama dengan pihak berkuasa Arab Saudi dalam memberi bantuan sewajarnya kepada rakyat Malaysia di Arab Saudi.
DATO’ KAMARUDIN JAFFAR
TIMBALAN MENTERI LUAR NEGERI
PENGERUSI PASUKAN PETUGAS COVID-19 KEMENTERIAN LUAR NEGERI
3 Julai 2020
MALAYSIA COMMEMORATES THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Following 75 years since the signing of its Charter in San Francisco on 26 June 1945, the United Nations (UN) is now facing one of the most serious challenges ever, as the ongoing pandemic of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to pose a threat not only to global health, but also to peace and security.
Amid the devastating and far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly on the world’s most vulnerable populations – women and children; people with disabilities; as well as the marginalised and the displaced; it is imperative for the international community to speak as one in championing and preserving multilateralism to overcome many challenges faced by humanity. A prosperous, peaceful and harmonious world could only be achieved through a coherent and effective multilateral approach.
As the global spread of the virus continues to seriously hurt the global economy, livelihoods and communities, Malaysia continues to stress that global solidarity is needed now more than ever in these challenging times. For this reason, notwithstanding challenges surrounding its work, Malaysia continues to reaffirm its support for the UN. Malaysia unequivocally subscribes to the centrality of the UN, which remains the most constructive intergovernmental platform in pursuing international cooperation and dialogue, as well as an avenue to find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems including COVID-19, the current common enemy of mankind.
As we continue to commit to uphold the UN Charter by continuing collaboration and engagement with global partners, we must remind ourselves of the importance in furthering the aims and purposes of the UN. In light of current circumstances, the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter that is commemorated today, the international community has a shared responsibility to live up to the purposes and principles of the Charter. The anniversary also presents Malaysia and the wider UN membership the opportunity to take stock and collectively move forward in a constructive manner not only to overcome present but also future challenges.
Malaysia recognises that the road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is still long and winding. Nevertheless, the nation will continue to actively place itself as a constructive and reliable partner of the UN and the wider membership, and is prepared to work closely with all parties as the world makes strides in taking the necessary steps to recovery amid the COVID-19 aftermath. Malaysia’s unwavering commitment and firm conviction in advancing global peace, security and prosperity was manifested in its recent initiative to launch a “Statement of Support to the UN Secretary-General’s Appeal for a Global Ceasefire amid the COVID-19 Pandemic”, which now enjoys the support of 172 UN Member States, Non-Member Observer State and Observer.
30 June 2020
MISSILE AND DRONE ATTACKS LAUNCHED BY THE HOUTHI MILITIA TOWARDS THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA
Malaysia is appalled by the ballistic missile and drone attacks launched by the Houthi Militia these past few weeks. Malaysia condemns in the strongest possible terms these heinous acts of aggression.These constant provocations by the Houthis are counter-productive towards peace and stability in Yemen.
Further acts of aggression will only exacerbate the situation in Yemen. In line with Malaysia's support for the United Nations Secretary General's appeal on 23 March 2020 for a global ceasefire amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Malaysia urges all parties in Yemen to immediately end these provocations. In collaboration with our cross regional partners, Malaysia has initiated the statement in support to the Secretary General’s appeal with the support of over 170 United Nations Member States, Non-Member Observer State and Observer on 23 June 2020.
Malaysia continues to call on all parties to work constructively towards a political settlement for lasting peace in Yemen.
25 June 2020
MALAYSIA-LED INITIATIVE AT THE UNITED NATIONS
“STATEMENT OF SUPPORT TO THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL’S APPEAL FOR A GLOBAL CEASEFIRE AMID THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC”
On 23 June 2020, Malaysia marked a significant milestone by garnering the support of 171 United Nations (UN) Member States, Non-Member Observer State and Observer on its initiative to launch a “Statement of Support to the UN Secretary-General’s Appeal for a Global Ceasefire amid the COVID-19 Pandemic”.
The Statement initiated by Malaysia in collaboration with cross-regional partners such as Bangladesh, Ecuador, Egypt, Jamaica, Japan, Oman, Senegal, Slovenia and Sweden, sends a clear message to the international community on the importance of shared solidarity and compassion to those who are severely affected by hostilities amid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world.
Malaysia took this initiative as it believes that the UN membership must speak with a unified voice and send a strong political message, one which reaffirms our collective support for an immediate cessation of hostilities in all corners of the world to allow the international community to effectively fight this deadly pandemic.
The Statement represents the moral commitment of 171 Governments to prevent or stop hostilities and to pursue a peaceful settlement of conflicts during the pandemic, and beyond. The Statement also aims to mobilise collective support for the appeal by the UN Secretary-General while underscoring the importance of multilateralism, the rule of law, diplomacy, and the pivotal role of women and youth in efforts to build sustainable peace.
Although the Statement is not legally binding upon any country, it showcases Malaysia’s unwavering commitment and continued leadership on global peace and security issues, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter on 26 June.
Malaysia is fully committed to multilateralism particularly in advancing efforts towards global peace, security, and prosperity, consistent with the principles and purposes of the UN Charter. Malaysia also recently led the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and will continue to actively assume its role in the United Nations on various issues of importance for Malaysia specifically and the international community as a whole.
23 June 2020