Malaysia re-elected into IMO council


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 28 Nov 2009

LONDON: Malaysia was re-elected for the third time in a hard-fought contest in the International Mari­time Organisation (IMO) Council elections yesterday.

It obtained 118 votes to secure the ninth spot in the 20-member council’s Category C for countries with maritime and navigational interests.

Commenting on the victory, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said the result showed Malaysia had improved in its ranking.

“The victory is also a symbol of recognition by the other member states in the international maritime community.”

Ong also expressed his appreciation to the entire campaign taskforce for their hard work.

The results were announced at 4.45pm local time (12.45am Malay­sian time on Saturday) by IMO president Georg Boom­gaarden at the organisation headquarters here.

The victory clearly underlined IMO’s support for Malaysia, especially the member states who had placed their trust and hope in Malaysia by voting for the country.

Malaysia, which received 103 votes in 2005 and 2007, was among 26 countries bidding for posts in the polls held in conjunction with IMO’s 26th biennial assembly.

Ong had led a 16-member delegation to London earlier this week to campaign for support for the country’s candidacy.

The delegation included Port Klang Free Zone chairman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng, Penang Port Com­mission chairman Tan Cheng Liang, Transport Ministry’s under-secretary (maritime division) Abdullah Yusuff Basiron and Malaysian High Commission’s maritime attaché Raja Datuk Malik Saripulazan.

More than 1,000 delegates from IMO’s 169 member states as well as international and non-governmental organisations attended the assembly, which started on Monday.

The council elections is one of the highlights of the assembly, which sits every two years. Amongst other things, to make policy decisions on the IMO’s direction and endorse its activities.

The IMO is the United Nation’s specialised agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.

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