PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is one of the top countries in Asia in terms of contributing the most number of troops to United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions worldwide.
According to data from UN Peacekeeping, Malaysia is ranked the eight highest troop contributor to the UN in Asia, contributing 887 troops to UN missions as of October 2017.
The top troop contributor in Asia is Bangladesh with 7,133 personnel stationed in UN missions worldwide, while the second is India with 6,435 personnel.
Pakistan is the third top contributor with 6,266 troops in UN missions.
According to Thai daily The Nation, Bangladesh has served in 58 peacekeeping missions across 40 countries since 1988.
India has participated in the most peacekeeping missions than any other country while Pakistan was the first country to respond to the crisis in Somalia by sending 500 troops in 1992.
Other active countries included Nepal with 5,209 troops in UN missions, Indonesia with 2,687 troops, China with 2,648 troops, and Mongolia with 955 troops.
Coming in after Mongolia, Malaysia is also the 28th largest provider of troops in the world.