Treasuring a world free from nuclear weapons

Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar (centre) viewing an exhibit with Koh (left) and SGM president, Michael Kok during the anti-nuclear exhibition at Wisma Putra in Putrajaya.

IN CONJUNCTION with Malaysia’s ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on Sept 30, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) was invited by the Foreign Ministry to hold an anti-nuclear exhibition titled Everything You Treasure — For a World Free from Nuclear Weapons.

The exhibition at Wisma Putra in Putrajaya attracted hundreds of people, including ministry officials, Malaysian Red Crescent Society national chairperson Tunku Puteri Syafinaz Intan and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) former president Datuk Dr Ronald McCoy.

Others included ambassadors, former Malaysian diplomats, representative of civil society organisations and students from SMK Putrajaya Presint 5 (1).

At the signing ceremony of the instrument of ratification of the TPNW, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein described SGM as one of several “invaluable partners” within Malaysia who supported the government’s efforts towards ratifying this treaty.

In his speech, SGM general director Koh Sia Feai said, “SGM has always upheld a strong and unwavering position against nuclear weapons.

“This is a new beginning of our long journey towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons, and we will continue our efforts in promoting disarmament education through anti-nuclear exhibitions, peace talks, seminars and the Rakan TPNW social media platforms.

“It is also crucial that we continue to work together with others who share the same goals, ” he added.

SGM congratulated Malaysia and applauded its move in ratifying the nuclear ban treaty, making it the 46th country in the world to become a state party to the treaty.

Four more ratifications are needed before the treaty enters into force globally.

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) executive director Beatrice Fihn also sent a video message congratulating Malaysians and lauding the government’s efforts in working towards abolishing nuclear weapons.

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