PUTRAJAYA – On the occasion of Commonwealth Day today, Malaysia pledged
commitment to strengthen its role in the international association, including
Wisma Putra, in a statement, said Malaysia believed that inclusive
engagement and constructive dialogue were imperative to maintaining stability
and sustainable peace.
Malaysia also believed that the moderation approach, as espoused by the
Global Movement of Moderates, should be embraced globally to counter extremism
in all its forms and in the peaceful resolution of conflicts, it said.
“This approach, among others, advocates peaceful means, such as mediation,
constructive dialogue and engagement based on mutual respect,” it said.
Wisma Putra said this year’s theme of “A Peace-building Commonwealth” for
the Commonwealth Day celebration was an affirmation of the Commonwealth Charter
principle that “international peace and security, sustainable economic growth
and development, and the rule of law are essential to the progress and
prosperity of all”.
“At a time when the world is confronted with serious threats and challenges
to the wellbeing of our peoples, the Commonwealth family of nations with its
shared values of tolerance, mutual respect and understanding becomes a source of
strength, hope and inspiration for all of its member states,” it said.
Wisma Putra also acknowledged that the Commonwealth had played a catalytic
role in strengthening society’s capacity to manage disparity and diversity
through its emphasis on shared values and principles as enshrined in the
Commonwealth Charter, its Good Offices role, various programmes and activities
as well as assistance in building democratic institutions, good governance, and
credible and transparent elections.
“As it prepares to host CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting)
2020, Malaysia reaffirms its commitment to the important work of the
Commonwealth towards achieving global peace and security, sustainable economic
growth and social development for the future generations,” it said.