Foreign ties in a globalised world

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 18 Dec 2010

The country is of the view that all nations, no matter how large or small, rich or poor, have a common responsibility in creating a better world for tomorrow.

THE processes of global integration, with the advent of globalisation, will be greater, quicker and wider. There will be greater interaction on issues such as security, environment as well as international trade, finance, migration and disputes between states.

This interaction will take place at greater speed not only at the international level, but more so at regional levels.

Countries will have no choice but to play a more active role in promoting and protecting their national interests, given their respective strategic positions in the international community.

Malaysia, in this context, will also have to be more fully integrated into the global mainstream and be more involved in the global decision-making processes.

Recognising these challenges, the Foreign Ministry, as the custodian of Malaysia’s foreign policy, will continue to promote a credible, enlightened, consistent and coherent foreign policy.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the promotion of Malaysia’s foreign policy will continue to contribute towards realising Vision 2020 and to complement the four pillars of the National Transformation Plan: 1Malaysia, the Government Trans­formation Pro­gramme (GTP), the Eco­­­­­­nomic Transfor­ma­tion Pro­gramme (ETP) and the 10th Malaysia Plan.

Malaysia is of the view that all nations, no matter how large or small, rich or poor, strong or weak, have a common responsibility in creating a better world for tomorrow. In this context, Malaysia will continue to provide unwavering and continuing support for the United Nations and the multilateral principles based on international law, in addition to continuing promoting and strengthening bilateral relations.

Malaysia’s foreign policy continues to take into account today’s realities as well as the lessons of yesterday.

There is no doubt that in its journey to realise Vision 2020, Malaysia will face great challenges in the global environment.

One of these challenges confronting the international community today – and the one that needs to be add­ressed collectively – is ensuring a just, applicable and durable peace.

This peace must be premised on a covenant of the willing and can only be achieved if all nations are willing to constructively engage with each other through dialogue.

The foundation of Malaysia’s foreign policy is one built on a framework of bilateralism, regionalism and multilateralism. In this context, Asean sits at the core of Malaysia’s foreign policy.

Malaysia believes that a strong and success­ful Asean is not only eco­nomically necessary, but also strategically important.

Further, Malaysia will also work closely with its Asean partners towards realising the Asean Community by 2015.

As a trading nation, Malaysia recognises the importance of robust ties with its trading partners in ensuring its economic vibrancy and competitiveness in the long run.

As such, Malaysia’s foreign policy will continue to take into account and promote the facilitation of an enabling environment for doing business in Malaysia.

We believe that the successful con­clusion of trade talks such as the Doha Round under the World Trade Organisation is vital as it can con­tribute to global growth and dev­elopment.

The ministry will continue to work closely with all other ministries, agencies and Malaysian missions abroad to open new windows of opportunities for Malaysian businesses to expand overseas and at the same time, attract high-value foreign investments in line with the Government’s economic vision of transforming Malaysia into a high-income nation by 2020.

This would include focusing on the expansion and diversification of our engagement with our trading partners, both bilaterally and multilaterally.

Further, non-traditional sectors, such as tourism, education, health and scientific collaboration and cooperation will be further explored and enhanced in line with the strategic reform initiatives under the New Economic Model.

In its efforts to promote international peace, understanding and harmony, Malaysia is concerned that there seems to be a declining voice of the moderates.

Malaysia views with concern the increasing trend in some parts of the world to perpetuate or even fuel Islamophobia.

In order to bridge the divide between moderates and extremists, Malaysia has urged the world to embark on building a global movement of moderates that will be committed to work together in combating and marginalising extremists who have held the world hostage with bigotry and bias.

Malaysia is of the view that the moral high ground must be reclaimed and all nations must choose moderation over extremism, negotiation over confrontation, and work together and not against each other.

In this context, Malaysia is always ready to share its own experience in managing issues of diversity as, being a multi-racial, multi-religious, and multi-cultural and democratic society, it has benefited from the positive interaction and synergy between various communities. It is this equilibrium that leads to moderation.

There is no doubt that globalisation has and will continue to impact the way foreign policies are made and conducted.

In the Malaysian context, the philosophy of 1Malaysia was introduced to strengthen the process of national unity.

As the steward of Malaysia’s foreign policy, Wisma Putra will continue to ensure it remains relevant and strategic, while complementing our march towards realising Vision 2020 and at the same time, ensuring that our nation rises to even greater heights.

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