Hisham: Moves to appoint envoy to S’pore ongoing

KUALA LUMPUR: The various processes in appointing a new Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore is “ongoing”, says Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

The Foreign Minister said this involved vetting by both the Malaysian side and the host country.

“This process as far as Singapore is concerned, is ongoing. As you can see, our green lane development and movement of people between Malaysia and Singapore is not affected by the vacancy.

“It happens in many countries and is quite normal. It is not that we have no qualified people but there is a process of vetting which is beyond our control.

“Sometimes it is quick and sometimes it takes longer, ” he said after attending preparatory virtual meetings with Asean counterparts ahead of the 37th Asean Summit to be hosted by Vietnam tomorrow.

The minister was commenting on an appeal by the Johor government for the post of Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore to be filled as soon as possible.

The Star quoted Johor executive councillor Mohd Solihan Badri as saying that the post had been vacant for six months and with issues of mutual interest, it was important to have a top diplomat based there.

The previous Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore, Datuk Zainol Rahim Zainuddin, retired in April.

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