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Jakarta Post

Roadmap for Malaysia’s political, economic diplomacy

  • Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah

Putrajaya   /   Mon, July 23 2018   /  01:12 am

New Malaysia — a label now popularly used to describe the new Pakatan Harapan government, which took over the administration following the May 9 elections — has been carrying out widespread reforms to clean up corruption and restore the people’s trust in government.

These reforms have been led by the seventh and current Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, also the country’s fourth PM, having served from 1981 to 2003.

Despite the corrective measures being implemented by New Malaysia, rest assured that there will be no major shift in the principles of the Foreign Ministry, known as Wisma Putra.

Some “sacred” and fundamental principles will be retained, including Malaysia’s commitment to non-alignment and friendly diplomatic relations with all nations, while new emphasis and greater rigor will be placed on principles implemented in the past, but si...