YAB Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister, led Malaysia’s delegation to the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, (UNGA) during which he delivered Malaysia’s national statement at the General Debate on 24 September 2016.
YAB Deputy Prime Minister had among others, clearly conveyed the message that Malaysia is committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals contained therein. He had also enunciated Malaysia’s position on climate change, terrorism, the question of Palestine and the issue of the resettlement of refugees and migrants to third countries. The message conveyed by the Deputy Prime Minister was well received by the other Member States as indicated by their representatives who thanked and congratulated the Deputy Prime Minister for his statement after the delivery.
It is unfortunate that some Malaysians had levelled criticisms and had chosen to highlight the Deputy Prime Minister’s delivery of his speech rather than focus and digest the important message that he was conveying at the UN General Debate.
The UN has a diverse membership and very often, we find that leaders have delivered their statements heavily accented in their own language. What is important is that the message that they are conveying is understood and their views are put across to the members of the UN.
DATO’ SRI ANIFAH HAJI AMAN
Minister of Foreign Affairs Malaysia
30 September 2016