Thursday, 18 August 2016
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia needed a clear break from past approaches as the country’s foreign policy should be about building partnerships that benefited the nation and people.
Opening the biennial conference of the Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) here Thursday, Najib stressed that the national interest should always come before personal political interests.
“We in Malaysia believe in reaching out to other states, regardless of political ideology and system, while maintaining an independent, non-aligned and principled stance in regional and international affairs,” he said.
Malaysia, however, did not believe in foreign intervention in the domestic affairs of other countries, he said.
“We are firm that the days when imperial powers could tell others how to behave, whether politically, economically or culturally, are over,” he said.
Alluding to a past leader, Najib said Malaysia had decided that its foreign relations would no more be characterised by caustic words and barbed comments and instead, be moderate in its approach.
“This will allow us to reclaim the centre and promote mutual understanding. It is a priority at the national, regional and international levels,” he said.
Source by: Bernama