PETALING JAYA: Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman has expressed disappointment at some Malaysians who had criticised the Deputy Prime Minister for his speech at the recent 71st United Nations General Assembly.
He said they should have instead focused on the important message being conveyed by Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi during the UN General Debate in New York last Saturday.
“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,” Anifah said in a statement on Friday.
He also pointed out that because of UN’s diverse membership, world leaders often delivered their statements in heavily accented English while others spoke 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,” said the Minister.
Anifah noted that during his speech, Dr Ahmad Zahid had among others conveyed Malaysia’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and stressed the country’s position on issues like climate change, terrorism, the Palestinian plight, and the resettlement of refugees to third world countries.
He added that the Deputy Prime Minister’s message was well received as many representatives from other member states thanked and congratulated him after his speech.