KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia will promote international peace and security by advancing its own vision of peace and moderation. “Malaysia has a strong record of promoting peace, moderation and security around the world. Our brokering of peace in the southern Philippines is one example.
“Our selection to the (UN) Security Council is an endorsement of Malaysia’s foreign policy. We are increasingly being recognised and valued as a global partner for peace and security,” he said. Najib responded in a video message on Friday to Malaysia’s success in securing a seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as a non-permanent member from Jan 1, 2015, to Dec 31, 2016, in New York on Thursday.
In the message, released on his Facebook account, Najibrazak.com, and also YouTube, he said all Malaysians should feel proud of this achievement. Najib pointed out that promoting international peace and security was a vision that he believed would ensure world peace. The prime minister said Malaysia was now one of the 15 countries on the Security Council and was one of the five elected as a non-permanent member for the 2015/2016 term.
He said Malaysia would now have voting right on the council. Malaysia won the non-permanent seat when it received 187 of the total 192 votes cast during voting at the United Nations to fill five vacancies for non-permanent membership. There was one abstention. Angola, Venezuela, New Zealand and Spain also won seats on the council.