The Jakarta Post
In his place: ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi walks down from the podium after delivering remarks on Monday in Jakarta, paying tribute to his predecessor Surin Pitsuwan, who passed away last year.(Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)ASEAN has overcome its noninterference principle to play a more engaging role with civil society, thanks in no small part to former secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan, several prominent speakers have said in tribute to the late ASEAN great.
Surin, a Thai diplomat who led ASEAN from 2008 to 2012, had played an important role in strengthening ties of ASEAN members with each other and with the global community, said Hidetoshi Nishimura, president of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).
“[He] was passionate about maintaining networks with civil society organizations. He transformed the ASEAN Secretariat into a networking center by...