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Agong expresses sympathy for flood victims nationwide [NSTTV]

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021
The King and Queen (centre and right) made a surprise visit to flood-hit Maran in Pahang, earlier today. Pic from FACEBOOK/ISTANA NEGARA.
The King and Queen (centre and right) made a surprise visit to flood-hit Maran in Pahang, earlier today. Pic from FACEBOOK/ISTANA NEGARA.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today expressed his sympathy to flood victims in the states of Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan, Johor, Perak and Selangor.

In a statement issued by Istana Negara today, Al-Sultan Abdullah also expressed hope that the victims would remain strong in facing the disaster that has befallen them.

His Majesty also called on the relevant authorities, especially the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) to continue helping victims in flood-hit states.

“The people, especially in low-lying areas, are advised to remain vigilant, prioritise their personal and family safety, and be prepared to be evacuated to temporary relief centres when instructed by the authorities,” he said.

With the rising daily number of positive Covid-19 cases in the country, Al-Sultan Abdullah also advised all evacuees and workers at evacuation centres to practice the new norm and comply with all the standard operating procedures (SOP) to curb the spread of the disease.

The statement said that Al-Sultan Abdullah also visited and presented donations to flood evacuees housed at four relief centres in Maran, Pahang, today – namely at SMK Maran, Surau Kampung Jara, SK Kuala Sentul and Masjid As Syakirin.

“During the visit, His Majesty also expressed gratitude and appreciation to Nadma, state governments and district administrators, as well as rescue agencies, police and military personnel as well as the Civil Defence Force and Social Welfare Department for working tirelessly in helping the victims,” the statement said.

The King also called on the people to pray for the floods to quickly subside and not to claim any other victims or cause more damage to private and public properties.

Heavy rain since Saturday has caused floods in the six states, with thousands of victims having to be evacuated to relief centres.

By Bernama.

Will the royal rebuke make politicians repent?

Friday, December 11th, 2020
The people’s needs aside, Sultan Nazrin said the poor and the needy and those who had lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic should not be victimised by warring politicians, pointing out that what had happened would be recorded as a reflection of failure, instead of success. - Bernama photo. The people’s needs aside, Sultan Nazrin said the poor and the needy and those who had lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic should not be victimised by warring politicians, pointing out that what had happened would be recorded as a reflection of failure, instead of success. – Bernama photo.

LETTER: At the swearing-in ceremony of new Perak Menteri Besar yesterday, Sultan Nazrin Muizuddin Shah censured political leaders for failing to run the state in the best way possible for the people, saying the third swearing-in of the state MB just two years ago after the last general election, is not something to be proud of.

The people’s needs aside, the sultan said the poor and the needy and those who had lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic should not be victimised by warring politicians, pointing out that what had happened would be recorded as a reflection of failure, instead of success.

“Do not make the poor, especially those who had lost jobs due to the pandemic “kancil yang mati tersepit kerana gajah yang tidak berhenti-henti beradu” (a mousedeer that dies after being caught between elephants fighting).

Such a reprimand should serve as a reminder to political leaders but will they take it seriously?

As it is, the motion of confidence was staged at the expense of the state development budget which was supposed to be tabled in the state legislative sitting on that very day.

As the sultan said every state assemblyman was elected by the people because they were trusted. “People put their hopes in you, for you to help them improve the areas where they live, preparing various necessities and services, upgrading their economic standard and as much as possible their social needs.”

The prayers of those who felt that they were mistreated would not be barred from being answered by God, he also said.

Vengeful emotions and close-minded political thinking will have dire consequences on the people. Members of Parliament and assemblymen alike should work to reduce people’s difficulties instead of repositioning strategies for political gain.

This is because socioeconomic consequences, aggravated by endless political manoeuvring during these trying times would only complicate problems already faced by the people, especially vulnerable groups.

by ILHAM TAHIR.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters/2020/12/648736/will-royal-rebuke-make-politicians-repent

Perak Sultan says third MB in over two years reflects poorly on state’s politicians

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Sultan Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah. – Bernama photo

KUALA KANGSAR (Dec 10): Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah today said there was no pride in his appointment of a third mentri besar in the state since the 14th general election in 2018

The Sultan said this was a reflection of failure in the Perak Legislative Assembly.

“It portrays the failure of leadership among politicians to be guaranteed consistent support to enable the mind and energy to be focused on governing the state in the best way for the benefit of the people,” he said in his speech during the swearing-in of the 14th MB at Istana Kinta here.

Umno Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Saarani Mohamad, who is also the Kota Tampan assemblyman, took his oath of office as the latest Perak MB today.

The Sultan reminded the state lawmakers that they were elected only because of the trust shown by the people.

“The people have chosen them to carry out the responsibility to provide services and upgrade their economy as well as their social needs.

“The people, especially the poor, are affected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, where some have lost their jobs and income.

“The people should not be betrayed due to the influence of the emotional grudge over conservative political thinking,” he said.

The Sultan also pointed out that a person’s true character will be revealed when he comes into wealth, position and power.

“When a person is surrounded with greedy, self interest, double faced, with hidden intention people as well as those who misused relationships with leaders, the humble and moderation culture disappears, with the person’s arrogance appearing.

“Do not at any time allow yourself to be careless or to be on cloud nine, whereby you forget the green grass you once step on which has now turned brown because it has not been watered for long,” he added.

Sultan Nazrin also thanked former MB Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu for his services.

“I would also like to thank all the state executive council members for their services,” he said.

Sultan Nazrin also thanked members of the media who had camped outside Istana Kinta in Ipoh throughout the state political crisis.

“The media were committed, they had to withstand the heat and heavy rain just to deliver the latest developments and news to the people.

“The police also did their best to monitor the situation,” he said.

Bersatu deputy president Ahmad Faizal was deposed by a vote of confidence on him that was initiated by Umno.

by Malay Mail.

Read more @ https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/12/10/perak-sultan-says-third-mb-in-over-two-years-reflects-poorly-on-states-politicians/

Budget 2021: King’s expresses appreciation to MPs for their support

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

PETALING JAYA: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has expressed his appreciation to MPs who gave their support for Budget 2021, says the Palace.

The King said that Budget 2021 is important to the government and authorities to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier, Budget 2021 was passed with a voice vote at 3.24pm in Parliament on Thursday (Nov 26).

Here is the full statement:

Adalah dimaklumkan bahawa KDYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah menzahirkan penghargaan kepada semua Ahli-ahli Dewan Rakyat yang telah memberi sokongan bagi meluluskan Belanjawan 2021 pada persidangan Dewan Rakyat, hari ini.

Al-Sultan Abdullah mengalu-alukan sokongan yang telah diberikan bagi kelulusan Belanjawan 2021 untuk menjamin kesejahteraan dan kelangsungan hidup rakyat serta pemulihan ekonomi negara yang terkesan akibat penularan wabak Covid-19.

Seri Paduka Baginda turut menzahirkan penghargaan kepada Ahli-ahli Dewan Rakyat yang telah mendokong titah nasihat Baginda pada 28 Oktober 2020 lalu untuk memberi sokongan demi kesejahteraan dan keselamatan rakyat serta kemaslahatan negara.

Sesungguhnya, selain daripada pemulihan ekonomi negara dan kelangsungan hidup rakyat, Belanjawan 2021 amat penting kepada Kerajaan dan pihak berkuasa, khususnya petugas barisan hadapan, untuk meneruskan dan melancarkan dasar serta usaha membendung dan menangani ancaman wabak Covid-19.

Selaku Ketua Negara, Al-Sultan Abdullah amat menghormati setiap parti politik yang berdaftar di negara ini.

Seri Paduka Baginda juga menghargai peranan dan amanah yang dipertanggungjawabkan kepada Ahli-ahli Dewan Rakyat dalam membela kebajikan rakyat.

Sehubungan dengan itu, Seri Paduka Baginda amat menghargai komitmen dan semangat muafakat serta gandingan bahu setiap pihak kerana ianya amatlah penting bagi mengekalkan momentum pemulihan ekonomi demi kesejahteraan bersama.

Marilah kita sama merenung firman Allah Subhanahu wa Taala dalam Sural AnNisa, ayat 85 yang bermaksud: “Sesiapa yang memberi syafaat (bantuan dan pertolongan) yang baik nescaya ia akan memperoleh bahagian (pahala) daripadanya. Dan sesiapa yang memberi syafaat (bantuan dan pertolongan) yang buruk nescaya ia akan mendapat bahagian (dosa) daripadanya. Dan ingatlah Allah amat berkuasa atas tiap-tiap sesuatu”.

Al-Sultan Abdullah turut menzahirkan keyakinan penuh kemampuan Kerajaan untuk menerajui pentadbiran negara pada saat negara sedang diuji dengan pelbagai krisis ini.

by Dato’ Indera Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja Istana Negara

Read more @ https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/11/26/budget-2021-king039s-expresses-appreciation-to-mps-for-their-support

Agong declares Emergency for Batu Sapi Parliamentary constituency

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 18): Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today made a Proclamation of Emergency for the Batu Sapi Parliamentary constituency, in effect cancelling the by-election for the seat.

The Proclamation of Emergency based on Clause (1) Article 150 of the Federal Constitution was made after studying the explanation given by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who had presented his advice based on a decision taken at the Cabinet meeting.

“With this declaration, whatever proceedings that had started for the purpose of conducting the by-election for P.185 Batu Sapi would not be continued for the sake of controlling and preventing an outbreak of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and another date will be set for the by-election.

“Therefore with this His Majesty has consented that the Declaration of Emergency Proclamation for P.185 Batu Sapi, Sabah be implemented as a proactive step to curb the COVID-19 pandemic,” Istana Negara said in a statement today.

The Election Commission (EC) had set Nov 23 for nomination, Dec 1 for early voting and Dec 5 for polling for the Batu Sapi by-election.

The by-election was called after Batu Sapi Member of Parliament Datuk Liew Vui Keong died of lung infection on Oct 2.

Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, in the statement, said Al-Sultan Abdullah was very concerned over the safety of the people in view of the spike in COVID-19 clusters and cases in the country after the 16th Sabah state election on Sept 26.

“In this regard, His Majesty is of the view that it is very appropriate for the by-election to be cancelled and postponed for the sake of the people’s safety and country’s well-being,” he said.

He said the consent of His Majesty was given based on the lessons and experience of the Sabah state election, which was the main factor for the third wave of COVID-19 in Malaysia.

by Bernama.

Read more @ https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/11/18/agong-declares-emergency-for-batu-sapi-parliamentary-constituency/

Study each suggestion, formulate inclusive Budget, says Agong

Thursday, November 5th, 2020
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah expressed this hope after granting an audience to Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz at Istana Negara today. Pic courtesy of  Istana Negara Facebook Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah expressed this hope after granting an audience to Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz at Istana Negara today. Pic courtesy of Istana Negara Facebook

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has been advised to study in detail every suggestion it received to formulate the national Budget 2021 that is inclusive and comprehensive, and centred on the wellbeing of the people, recovery of the country’s economy and effective curb of the spreading of Covid-19.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah expressed this hope after granting an audience to Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz at Istana Negara today.

At the audience, which lasted 70 minutes, Al-Sultan Abdullah was briefed on the country’s current economic situation and fiscal outlook, as well as the Ministry of Finance’s preparations in formulating Budget 2021, an effort that began in July and involved 40 engagement sessions with over 2,000 individuals, industry players and politicians.

“His Majesty also expressed appreciation for the spirit of bipartisanship and consensus shown by the government and all political parties,” Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in a statement here.

 Pic courtesy of  Istana Negara Facebook

Pic: courtesy of Istana Negara Facebook

Also present during the audience was Treasury secretary-general Datuk Asri Hamidon.

“Al-Sultan Abdullah is of the opinion that the practice of political maturity by setting aside party or personal interests and differences is very important right now to ensure the people’s safety and wellbeing as well as the country which has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

He said His Majesty also said it was also in accordance with the culture of syura (consultation) most encouraged by Islam as showcased by the Malay Rulers during Their Majesties’ special meeting at Istana Negara on Oct 25.

Al-Sultan Abdullah said in this difficult and critical situation, it was most appropriate for the wellbeing of the general public to be put above individual interests.

In this regard, His Majesty also expressed hope that the spirit of consensus could be continued for the wellbeing of the people and the country.

by BERNAMA.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/11/638233/study-each-suggestion-formulate-inclusive-budget-says-agong

Agong consents to appointments of EAIC commissioners

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has given his consent to the appointment of three commissioners to the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC). - NST/file picThe Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has given his consent to the appointment of three commissioners to the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC). – NST/file pic

KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has given his consent to the appointment of three commissioners to the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC).

In a statement today, the Prime Minister’s Office said the appointments of Tan Sri Mahmood Adam, Tan Wira Aziah Ali and Datuk Alizatul Osman Khairuddin were in accordance with subsection 5(1) of the EAIC Act 2009 (Act 700).

“They were appointed for a three-year term effective Nov 1.

“Their appointments into the EIAC complete the existing line-up headed by Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan (chairman), Tan Sri Zainun Ali (deputy chairman), Datuk John Louis O’Hara and Prof Nik Ahmad Kamal Nik Mahmood,” read the statement.

By New Straits Times.

Read more  @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/government-public-policy/2020/11/637746/agong-consents-appointments-eaic-commissioners

The King is on the right side of popular opinion

Sunday, November 1st, 2020
Will we be getting a real people’s budget for 2021, with everyone giving input and the opposition demurring to object when it is tabled in the Dewan Rakyat soon? - NSTP file picWill we be getting a real people’s budget for 2021, with everyone giving input and the opposition demurring to object when it is tabled in the Dewan Rakyat soon? – NSTP file pic

WILL we be getting a real people’s budget for 2021, with everyone giving input and the opposition demurring to object when it is tabled in the Dewan Rakyat soon?

Will it be a budget by committee with all sides of the political divide having their say? This would be great given the parliamentary circus that accompanies the tabling of the government’s annual spending bill in the past few years.

It is not because politicians have come to their senses following the king’s wishes via his much-publicised statement on the need to dial down the politics to pass 2021 Budget in this time of Covid-19.

It is because the royal communique had sort of checkmated politicians from doing what they do best, which is to cause a ruckus lest they be seen to be insolent and disrespectful.
The royal advice came as people were weary of Covid-19 and its consequences on the economy.

Keeping up with the new normal is not a very pleasant endeavour, especially with businesses scaling or closing down, many people are either having less money or out of jobs, kids are out of school, and uncertain times ahead.

People are feeling helpless looking at the numbers of increasing daily Covid-19 cases, and at the same time, hapless of the endless politicking.

The pandemic may break the spirit of many, but politicians have the unerring extraordinary resilience and obtuse insensitivity to pursue politics as usual, over all else, even during a global health crisis.

The prime ministership, for instance, is no longer coveted with humility and deference, but instead in table-thumping style. It is as if all the hardship facing the people is to be used as another excuse for politicking.

All these political plays may excite the political junkies, but for the rest of the people, it is yet another thing that we don’t really need.

Hence, the strong resonance to the king’s statement to ease off politics, to swallow each other’s pride and for everyone to work together to pass the budget. I suppose the astute politicians would have sensed the people’s relief with the king’s statement.

To not incur the wrath of voters most of the key players have promised, perhaps grudgingly, to work towards ensuring the people’s welfare and presumably see the 2021 Budget through.

Obviously, everyone will want his fair share of opinions, and pound of flesh too. Whether it is more assistance and breaks for businesses, money for regular folks, the moratorium on loans or their favourite causes.

Some say the royal advice is a lifeline for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and presumably has taken the legs out of the planned attempt to bring down his government. It was loudly suggested that defeating 2021 Budget would be a proxy vote of no confidence, and hence him losing support and the authority to lead.

It was all thought out and planned by both the government — hence the proposed emergency that has been put on hold — and the opposition, who has been tallying up potential votes and sharing promises of the spoils of victory.

However, the pandemic and politicking has lessened the appeal of persons of all-political persuasion with the public.

Someone as influential and seemingly above the fray, such as the king, stepping in to call for calm is almost like a window in a stuffy room being cracked open.

The politeness and respect to the king are not surprising, despite them all knowing that constitutionally, the government is not bound to take heed of input from the palace.

While the king’s advice or opinion is non-binding constitutionally, and in most instances, is likely be taken note of rather than be a basis for a political ceasefire and collaboration, the unholy tryst of a pandemic and unfettered politicians and political ambitions has given weight and consequence to it.

Having the king’s statement made public has also taken the wind out politicians’ sails. One not only will be seen to be impolite and discourteous to disregard his advice, but would also be dismissive of popular opinion.

I suppose people will have to swallow their pride so as not to appear “biadap” (disrespectful) to the king and be tone deaf to the people’s fears and insecurities to get the 2021 Budget going, and ironically, stave off any plan to dislodge Muhyiddin.

It will be interesting to see who would vote down the 2021 Budget, if any. Also, who would be willing to be the boor brandishing the constitution, citing the roles and responsibilities of the monarchy and the executive.

It is ironic that some politicians, given their enthusiasm for regime change, have snookered themselves. If they choose to continue to pursue their agenda despite the royal reminder, they may live to regret it.

While the palace has no role in governance, this time the king is on the right side of popular opinion. I suppose everyone will now hunker down and prepare for the 15th General Election, which is likely to be called sooner than itis due, subject to Covid-19 cooperating, of course.

By ZAINUL ARIFIN.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2020/11/636941/king-right-side-popular-opinion

King, Queen wish Muslims Happy Maulidur Rasul Celebration

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah. – Bernama file photo

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 29): The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah wished Muslims in the country a happy Maulidur Rasul celebration in observance of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.

Their Majesties conveyed their wish through a posting on the Istana Negara Instagram account today.

“Rasulullah is the best leader of all times who should be emulated by every Muslim. Let us together emulate the attitude and sunnah of the Prophet in our daily lives.

“Let us also together increase our selawat (prayers of peace and blessings) upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW. May we receive intercession from Him at Mashyar,” it said.

by BERNAMA.

Read more @ https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/10/29/king-queen-wish-muslims-happy-maulidur-rasul-celebration/

Revitalised relationship continues to grow

Thursday, October 29th, 2020
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last year, when Erdoğan attended the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019. Also present were Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, and the first lady of Turkey, Emine Erdoğan.Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last year, when Erdoğan attended the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019. Also present were Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, and the first lady of Turkey, Emine Erdoğan.

A relationship that goes as far back as the 16th century, bolstered by similar interpretations of Islam as well a democratic system of governance, are just some of the reasons why Turkey and Malaysia have such strong ties with each other.

This relationship was further revitalised in 2014 with the landmark visit by then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Malaysia in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Turkish Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Merve Safa Kavakci said with that momentous visit, the relationship between both countries was elevated to a strategic partnership, and this gave impetus to further promote our relationship in multiple areas.

This led to a bilateral Free Trade Agreement which came into force in 2015, as well as a strong emphasis on defence collaborations, which continues to be among the biggest areas of cooperation between the two countries.

The latest round of high level visits from Turkey to Malaysia was in December 2019, when President Erdoğan arrived with five ministers. Even though the Covid-19 pandemic slowed down visits in 2020, we are ambitious to restart it once the situation gets better.”

“Turkey’s stance towards important issues such as Palestine, Rohingya and UN reform is quite similar to Malaysia’s. Thus, we are in good cooperation not only bilaterally, but also in multilateral platforms,” added Kavakci.

Among the areas for further cooperation included the defence industry, information technologies, health, food, tourism, agriculture, housing, environment, infrastructure, education and security.

“As the world is going through a global pandemic, we can further our cooperation in the field of public health and vaccination, while focusing also on all other areas as each of them bears importance.

In this regard, Kavakci said, as two friendly and brotherly countries, Turkey and Malaysia can cooperate a lot.

“As our two leaders agreed during their phone conversation in May, both countries are ready to fully utilise each other’s strengths in combating the spread of the coronavirus and facing the challenges post-Covid-19. Furthermore, as listed by the World Health Organisation, the Covid-19 vaccine studies in Turkey will enter the human trial phase soon.”

In the area of defence, Turkey and Malaysia have had a strong relationship since the early 2010s with the supply of armored vehicles, remote controlled weapon systems and shipbuilding projects.

Kavalci said in the last three years, intensive efforts have been put in place to bolster further collaboration, in terms of new deals between firms on both sides or attention to areas such as aerospace and maritime.

During the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition last year, Turkish defence companies concluded 10 deals and Turkey was the biggest participant in the exhibition.

“We believe that the defense aspect of the relationship will continue to be important one to watch within broader ties into years ahead,” she said.

The fight against terrorism in also an area in which both countries share similar opinions.

“I would like to thank again Malaysian authorities for their support in Turkey’s fight against the Fetullahist Terror Organisation (FETO) that was responsible for the coup attempt in 2016, which resulted in martyrdom of 251 people and injury of 2192. Condemning the July 15 treacherous coup attempt, Malaysia did not hesitate to hand over the suspects associated with FETO to the justice of our country, in 2016, 2017 and finally, in 2019,”.

“I would like to underline that Turkey’s cooperation with Malaysia in combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations did not stop and it will continue. I also want to reiterate and assure that Turkey will never host any element that might pose a threat to Malaysia, in its territory,” added Kavakci.

Turkish Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Merve Safa Kavakci. PIC BY ANADOLU AGENCY

Turkish Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Merve Safa Kavakci. PIC BY ANADOLU AGENCY

Moving forward, especially with the current global situation with the Covid-19 pandemic, Kavakci said countries must consider how they can be better prepared, especially in building sustainable trade chains.

“With this spirit, we give utmost importance to further develop the economic and trade relations with Malaysia. With the new measures Turkey has taken for facilitation of trade, we now offer more opportunities for foreign importers and investors with the country’s highly developed industry, wide range of industrial and agricultural production and high-quality products.

She said with the importance placed on food security, the supply of food and agricultural products from Turkey to Malaysia has risen following the pandemic.

“Another opportunity we should work on is the halal sector. I consider that it would be beneficial for both countries to increase cooperation in halal, particularly on halal food, halal cosmetics and Islamic finance,”.

Furthermore, she added, Malaysia and Turkey can also cooperate on digitalisation and e-commerce which are two important pillars against fighting the economic side effects of the pandemic.

She said both countries, who have considerable experience in e-commerce, should bring their knowledge and experience together to find ways to cooperate in building joint e-commerce projects.

“The pandemic crisis has accelerated the pace of digital transformation. During this period, virtual trade organisations have become one of the fundamental platforms for businessmen to come together and form business relations. Turkish trade authorities are also organising virtual organisations like trade delegations, fairs etc. We invite your public institutions, industry chambers and other authorities to encourage your valuable business people to come together with their Turkish counterparts in these digital platforms,”.

“Since our economic relations rely heavily on the US dollar for trade and investment transactions, we should also encourage Turkish and Malaysian businessmen to use local currencies in their trade transactions,” added Kavakci.

With Malaysia’s key position in Asean, which has 650 million people, and Turkey’s strategic access to 53 countries including all European countries, Russia, Middle East, Middle Asia and Northern Africa and 1.6 billion people with the potential of 8 trillion dollars of trade volume, Turkey is ready and eager to collaborate with Malaysia in the field of investments.

“We are open to joint investment projects especially in defence industry, high-technology production, automotive, machinery and equipment and halal production with our Malaysian counterparts.

Kavakci said both Turkey and Malaysia were countries in strategic positions in significant regions and both countries were also similar in their interpretation of Islam and democratic system of governance.

“I can say that with the frequency of high level visits in recent years, new mutual investments, increasing trade and growing mutual interest have contributed a lot to this close relationship. Our special ties continue to flourish in an atmosphere of mutual trust and friendship,”.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2020/10/636361/revitalised-relationship-continues-grow