PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia is seeking Indonesia's support to host the regional centre on anti-piracy.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said Malaysia hoped to get Indonesia's backing at the on-going Asean-Japan dialogue in Tokyo to discuss the issue of security and piracy in the region.
Malaysia, he said, made the proposal a long time ago and had also written to Japan on the matter.
We need the support from Indonesia because another country had also made a similar proposal. We believe that our proposal is valid because Malaysia is a maritime country with a very long coastline.
If the centre is set up here, we can effectively carry out surveillance and supervise the movement of ships in the South China Sea and the Straits of Malacca to minimise the incidences of piracy, he told reporters after a meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Dr Hassan Wirayuda at his office.
Syed Hamid declined to identify the country that was also in the running to host the centre, but it is understood that Singapore had recently offered to host the centre.
He said Malaysia and Indonesia held a similar view on the Iraq war and role of the United Nations in rebuilding post-war Iraq.
He said while both countries agreed that the United States and Britain should not shirk away from the duty to rebuild Iraq, that responsibility must be exercised in the context of UN being in the leading role.
Syed Hamid said Malaysia and Indonesia agreed on the need to bring back the multilateral process in resolving world conflict.
When the world is dictated by military might there is an added dimension to the threat on world peace and security and we need to forge closer co-operation with countries that shared our views on this issue.
Many countries, even those in the North like France and Germany, still maintained their faith in the multilateral system. We must share our vision and co-operation with such countries so that we can strike a balance of power in the world, he added.