Promote peace too, DPM tells businessmen

  • Nation
  • Monday, 24 Feb 2003

THE Deputy Prime Minister yesterday called on the business community of Non-Aligned Movement member countries to play their part in embracing the cause of peace and not leaving it to their governments or civil society organisations alone. 

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi asked them to lobby their representatives, conduct business in a manner consistent with security and stability, build and forge lasting relationships throughout the world or even contribute to the cause directly. 

MEMENTO: Abdullah receiving a souvenir from Sunway Group chairman Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah at the dinner Sunday.

Speaking at a welcoming dinner of the NAM business forum themed A Celebration of Peace at the Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel last night, he said companies thrived in an environment of peace and security.  

“A large part of Malaysia’s economic success has come on the back of political and social stability, and it is the same the world over,” he said during his speech on The Way Forward To a Better International Order - Sowing The Seeds of Trust and Harvesting the Peace Dividend

Commending the business co-operation among the South-South countries, he said, NAM promoted mutual investment to create smart partnerships rather then pursue blind profits.  

He said through smart partnerships, the NAM business community facilitated the sharing of technology and transfer of technology and expertise, thus prospering together. 

Such economic progress, he said, would no doubt contribute to overall security and stability in the world.  

Abdullah also highlighted three trends characterising present international relations. 

They are unilateralism and the undermining of multilateral diplomacy of the United Nations system; flagrant disregard for the rule of international law; and a rewriting of the rules of warfare and human rights. 

He said if countries were to stand idly by and not protest against countries waging a war not sanctioned by the international community, they would help undermine the standing and authority of multilateral institutions. 

He also said international law had long been undermined not because of the failure to come up with fair and efficient law but because of failure in enforcing them. 

“We must pursue a state of affairs where respect for the principles, frameworks and systems of international law is progressively strengthened and enforced,” he said.  

Abdullah added that wars should not be fought at all, but if they were, they must follow the principle that human life is precious. 

He said that Malaysia maintained that international order was one of peace, but not peace that came out “from the barrel of a gun.”  

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