PETALING JAYA: Britain will step up its engagement with Malaysia as both countries navigate through the Covid-19 pandemic.
British High Commissioner to Malaysia Charles Hay conveyed the message during a visit to the Star Media Group’s (SMG) headquarters here yesterday.
The envoy was received by SMG chairman Tan Sri Chor Chee Heung and group chief executive officer Alex Yeow.
Besides the Covid-19 pandemic, their discussion also covered the performance of British companies in Malaysia and the current media landscape.
Hay also highlighted his government’s commitment to climate change with the UK to host the United Nations climate change conference COP26 in partnership with Italy in November.
He spoke of UK’s application to become a dialogue partner of Asean and member of the CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership), an FTA between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam signed by the 11 countries on March 8,2018.
Both sides discussed ways to enhance co-operation between the High Commission and SMG.
Also present was chief content officer Esther Ng and chief news editor Paul Gabriel.
Hay was accompanied by the High Commission’s head of communications Raymond Chua, political adviser Dr Lyana Khairuddin and press and communications officer Mandeep Singh.