PUTRAJAYA: Malaysian Ambassador to the Holy See Tan Sri Bernard Dompok presented his Letter of Credence to Pope Francis on Thursday at the Vatican City.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement today that Dompok is the first Malaysian resident ambassador to the Holy See and the 83rd resident ambassador accredited to the Holy See.
Dompok is also concurrently accredited to Albania and Malta, the statement said.
Diplomatic relations between Malaysia and the Holy See was formally established on July 27, 2011 and Malaysia was the 179th country to establish diplomatic relations with the Holy See.
The Foreign Ministry said the establishment of diplomatic relations further enhances bilateral ties between Malaysia and the Holy See particularly in promoting global peace, understanding and moderation among religions through interfaith dialogues and education.
Prior to his appointment as ambassador, Dompok was a politician and has served in a number of important ministerial portfolios both at the state as well as the Federal level.
He was the former Sabah Chief Minister, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister.
Dompok has also actively participated in the activities of non-governmental organisations.
He is the Chairman of Montfort Youth Training Centre in Sabah, Advisor to the Federation of Christian Mission School Council in Malaysia, Founder and Advisor to the Institute for Indigenous Economic Progress and Indep Education Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Advisors to the Penampang community college and Chairman of the Borneo Conservation Trust. — Bernama
Source: The Sun Daily News