PUTRAJAYA: All ambassadors at Malaysian missions abroad will be soon instructed to use greetings in Bahasa Malaysia in their speeches, said Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
"Soon, the Foreign Ministry will instruct our ambassadors and malawakil (representatives) all over the world to start their speeches with 'Salam Sejahtera' and end with 'Terima Kasih'.
"This is our way of promoting Bahasa Malaysia at the international level, and it doesn't cost any money," he said.
Saifuddin said this in a private cruise lunch with 30 youths in conjunction with Hari Malaysia at Cruise Tasik Putrajaya here on Wednesday (Sept 19).
"If there is message we want to share with people, it is that foreign policy begins at home.
"Everyone has a role in formulating foreign policy, whether directly or indirectly," he said.
During the event, Saifuddin also announced the winners of the ministry's Instagram photo and video contest.
Mohamad Shazreen Mohamad Yunus, 28, won for the photo category, while the winner of the video category was Rohayu Md Saad, who works with the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations in New York.
The contest themed "Malaysia di Pentas Dunia" (Malaysia at the World Stage) attracted hundreds of entries from Malaysian youths all over the world.
A private lunch was held during a 90 minute cruise around Putrajaya Lake, and was attended by 30 Malaysian youths under 30 from various backgrounds such as student leaders, activists, and media personnel.