NEW DELHI: While Malaysia’s views on global issues on the international stage have been widely accepted, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamid said there were people who refused to acknowledge the fact, especially those from political parties.
He added that he was happy that Malaysian Government representatives overseas, including ambassadors and high commissioners, had played their part in presenting a positive image of Malaysia to other countries.
“Malaysia is now known as a country that is widely respected globally for our pragmatic and fair opinions on many issues and recent incidents.
“For example, Malaysia has been respected for providing ideas on our de-radicalisation experience.
“This is because we had faced not only the dangers of the communist insurgency during the Emergency, but we had also faced newer threats, such as Islamist militancy, the al-Maunah, al-Qaeda and now Daesh or Islamic State.” added Dr Ahmad Zahid.
“We have prepared a module on the methods to stop these kind of threats at the international level and which had been translated to many languages.
“We are not saying this to show off, but the fact is our views on many global issues have been welcomed at the international level,” he said in his speech during a dinner hosted by Malaysian High Commissioner to India Datuk Naimun Ashakli Mohammad here on Sunday night.
Dr Ahmad Zahid is here on a two-day official visit to India.
He also said many leaders from several countries had asked Malaysia to support their candidates to replace the outgoing United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.
“These countries still asked us for our support although they know that the new secretary-general will certainly be from an Eastern European country and that Malaysia is not a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
“Why this happens is because Malaysia’s views are for the good of all and we do not take sides with anyone,” Dr Ahmad Zahid added.
However, Dr Ahmad Zahid regretted that Malaysia’s high stature at the global stage was not welcomed by some people from within the country.
“We can have differences of opinions, but when it comes to making a national stand on world issues, everyone should set aside our differences because Malaysia wants to ensure that peace prevails for all people, whether they are Muslims or non-Muslims,” he added.