M’sia Seeks View, Support For Global Movement Of Moderates – PM

HANOI, Oct 30 – Malaysia has sought the views and support of the East Asian Summit (EAS) members for an initiative to create a “Global Movement of the Moderates” in order to achieve global peace, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The prime minister said he had informed the EAS partners that Malaysia was now laying the groundwork for the development, promotion and operationalisation of the idea.

“Malaysia had reiterated that in order to achieve global peace, it was critical that we collectively address the challenges posed by extremists.

“Moderates must seize the moral high ground and isolate the extremists and terrorists,” he told Malaysian journalists on the third and final day of the 17th Asean Summit and Related Summits, here, Saturday.

Najib said during today’s EAS, the Asean leaders also agreed to the inclusion of two major powers – Russia and the United States – in the EAS.

He said the Asean leaders decided to formally invite the leaders of both countries to participate in the 6th EAS in Indonesia next year and the leaders also reiterated their strong support for Asean centrality in the EAS.

The 5th EAS was chaired by Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung and was attended by heads of state/government of Asean member countries, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand.
It was also attended by US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, as special guests.

Najib said the Asean leaders also welcomed the support of EAS participants to the Master Plan on Asean Connectivity and encouraged the latter to actively participate in the implementation of the master plan.

He said there was still room for greater regional energy security collaboration and this included efforts to enhance public-private partnership in the development of alternative energy sources such as green energy.

He also stressed the need to forge closer cooperation in the field of science and technology, including the sharing and transfer of relevant technologies among the EAS participating countries.

“In this context, Malaysia is encouraged and supportive of the initiative by Japan to establish the East Asia Science and Innovation Area,” he said.

The prime minister said he also emphasised the need to forge closer cooperation among top notch universities in the region through a networking mechanism similar to the Asean Universities Network to improve the overall access to and quality of tertiary education, as well as to promote people-to-people contact.

During the 8th Asean-Indian Summit, Najib stressed that Asean could play a symbiotic role as the bridge between India and the East in the latter’s “Look East” policy.

He said with Asean and India sharing many common goals, the possibilities of new and innovative cooperation between Asean and India were tremendous.

“Malaysia as the country coordinator for the Asean-India FTA (Free Trade Agreement), called for Asean and India to exercise flexibility in negotiations on services and investment.

“In this regard, Asean will need to be flexible in considering the inclusion of the Movement of Natural Persons text. On the other hand, India needs to be equally flexible on the inclusion of an annex on Financial Services,” he said.

Najib also said that Malaysia commended the long and on-going relations between Asean and the United Nations (UN), stressing that cooperation between Asean and UN specialised agencies should be consolidated under the umbrella of the Summit.

“Malaysia also stressed the importance of nutrition in early childhood as a strong foundation in moulding young children,” he said.

Najib said the Asean leaders also urged the UN to assist the region in accomplishing the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and in coping with global challenges, especially those related to energy security, climate change and epidemics.

Lagi Berita