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REMARKS BY TYT AMBASSADOR AT THE EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME ASIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (AIM)

 

REMARKS BY TYT AMBASSADOR AT THE EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME ASIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (AIM) / INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY MALAYSIA (IIUM) AIM, MAKATI CITY, 13 MAY 2013

 

 

Respected officials, academicians and staff of the AIM and IIUM,

 

Students of the Executive Management Programme,

 

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

 

I wish to thank the AIM for inviting me to this opening programme and dinner of the Executive Management Programme of the AIM for various IIUM member schools, and to also deliver a short message.

 

I wish to also express my appreciation to the AIM for extending the invitation to my officers to attend this evening’s event. Allow me to introduce them:

 

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

 

I understand that the programme will run for a total of two weeks in Kuala Lumpur and another week in Manila. I hope that the student’s short stay in Manila will be rewarding and they will take home very pleasant memories of Manila and the Philippines.

 

Malaysia and the AIM have long enjoyed traditionally strong ties. Many prominent personalities in government, industry and the academia in Malaysia are alumni of AIM. As many of you may be aware, Her Excellency Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, the spouse of the Hon. Prime Minister of Malaysia is a proud alumnus of AIM. Indeed, the AIM’s reputation is very well regarded not only in Asia, but around the world.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

The Executive Management Programme by the AIM and IIUM is a good reflection of the strengthening ties between Malaysia and the Philippines, particularly in the field of education. Nevertheless, our cooperation in education still has much room for further improvement. Many of you may be surprised to note that there only about 100 Malaysian students pursuing their studies in this beautiful country. Our records also only show about 500 Filipino students are enrolled in higher education institutions in Malaysia. In this regard, I wish to congratulate the AIM and IIUM for its efforts at helping to further enhance cooperation between Malaysia and the Philippines in the field of education.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Particularly for the Malaysian students of this programme, I assume that you are aware that the Embassy of Malaysia to the Philippines is located very close-by in Salcedo Village in Makati City. As a historical backgrounder, Malaysia and the Philippines established diplomatic relations on 18 May 1964. In 1966 and the Malaysian Consulate in Manila was upgraded to a full-fledged Embassy in recognition of the importance of bilateral relations between Malaysia and the Philippines as brotherly neighbours and fellow founding members of ASEAN.

 

Generally, the Embassy’s role is to promote friendly and substantive relations between Malaysia and the Philippines, as well as advancing Malaysian interests here. In addition, MATRADE and Tourism Malaysia have their offices at Fort Bonifacio Global City. MATRADE’s role is to enhance trade relations between both countries, including facilitating Philippine trade and investment missions to Malaysia, and vice versa. They are also very much involved in the organisation of trade exhibitions in Metro Manila. On the other hand, Tourism Malaysia is tasked with enhancing bilateral tourism cooperation, as well as promoting Malaysia as a tourist destination for Filipinos.

 

On that note, I wish to inform you all, whether Malaysian or Filipino, that you are always welcome at the Embassy of Malaysia. Our doors are always open for our friends.

 

If you happen to be in the Southern Philippines, you may also visit the Consulate General of Malaysia in Davao City, which was established on 8 March 1995. The CG Office plays an important role in protecting and advancing Malaysia’s interests in the Southern Philippines, in areas such as Davao City, Cagayan De-Oro, Zamboanga City and Cotabato City. The CG Office also looks for opportunities for both sides in all areas of mutual benefit in the Southern Philippines.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

That brings my remarks to a close. Once again, I wish to express my deep appreciation to the AIM and IIUM for organising this important occasion. I wish all the students of the programme, as well as its organisers and facilitators, great success in your studies and endeavours.

 

Maraming Salamat and Terima Kasih.