Strong message for the UN

PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s delivery of his maiden address at the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) was reminiscent of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who used to blaze the rostrums and forums with his fiery speeches against political hegemony, polarised international relations and exploitation of the poorer South by the developed economies.

Today, the world is confronted by a different set of problems – climate change, the endless flow of refugees, the potential for the Russian-Ukraine conflict to turn into a nuclear war, geopolitical conflicts threatening food security worldwide, the still unresolved Palestinian issue, burning of the Quran, and the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and Myanmar, among others.

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