New Malaysian envoy to United Nations on board

NEW YORK: Malaysia’s new Permanent Representative to the United Nations Datuk Hamidon Ali presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the UN headquarters here yesterday. 

He later had a short meeting with Annan.  

Hamidon, the former ambassador to Indonesia, replaces Datuk Rastam Mohd Isa who has returned to Wisma Putra to take up a senior appointment.  

Working with the UN is not new to Hamidon, who had previously served as Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva.  

WELCOME ABOARD: Annan accepting Hamidon’s credentials at the UN headquarters in NewYork yesterday.

Prior to that, Hamidon held several positions at Wisma Putra, including Undersecretary for Economics, Principal Assistant Secretary for Maritime and the Environment, and Principal Assistant Secretary for the Inspectorate.  

He was also the Minister Counsellor at the Malaysian Embassy in Japan, First Secretary at the embassy in China and Second Secretary at the mission in France. 

Hamidon, who holds a master’s degree from Harvard University has received various awards, including the Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (2001), Kesatria Mangku Negara (1995), and the Commander of the Order of Bernado O’Higgins from Chile (1994). 

Hamidon, born on Jan 22, 1950, in Tangkak, Johor, is married to Datin Amy Loh. They have two children.