Dear Khmer Times’ readers,
Assalamua’laikum and Chum Reap Suor, When Malaysia, or Malaya as it was called back then, gained independence in 1957 from the British Empire, the founding fathers have great visions and hopes for this young country. After
independence, the process of nation-building was definitely not made of bed of roses. The Malayans, consisting of three major races, the Malays, Chinese and Indians were compelled to put their differences aside to guide and steer this young nation into its desired path.
This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the bilateral relations between Malaysia and the Kingdom of Cambodia. The founding fathers of Malaysia saw the needs to have a lot of friends in the international arena and Cambodia became one of its earliest ally. The relationship was built slowly but firmly and was cemented further when Cambodia became an official member of the Association of South-East Nation (ASEAN) in 1999.
In 2016, the total trade between Malaysia and Cambodia reached USD424.5 million, an increase of 10% from 2015. In the same period, Malaysia’s total export to Cambodia was USD284.7 million compared to USD234.5 million in 2015. Malaysia, through its Embassy in Phnom Penh will continue to promote trade between the two nations in order to expand the business network as well as stimulating the economic growth of the two countries. As the Ambassador of Malaysia, I applaud every effort by Malaysian entities to start and expand their businesses in Cambodia as the opportunities here are abundance. The ease of doing business here is a strong attraction and this should encourage more Malaysians to invest in the Kingdom of Wonder. The Embassy welcomes Malaysians who wish to conduct their business to contact our officials in getting the guide and advice on various matters such as the setting up and the running of businesses in the Kingdom. On the other hand, we welcome inquiries from Cambodian companies that are interested to buy Malaysian products or to get whatever services and expertise that Malaysia can offer.
Being a multi-ethnic nation that is filled with pride, along with vast natural resources as well as endless possibilities and opportunities, Malaysia strives to become a better nation year by year. Malaysia aims to be at the forefront in the international arena, be it politics, sports, education, arts and even in the entertainment world. At the same time, it is important to instil the patriotism, the love for the country, a sense of national pride in the hearts and mind of every Malaysian, wherever they are. For this reason, the Government of Malaysia has embarked on a mission to create the said frames of mind by introducing #Negaraku or My Nation. This is an initiative for all Malaysians to put their hearts together by projecting their eternal love for Malaysia. #Negaraku also highly emphasises on successes and achievements that can become the inspiration to all Malaysians.
Finally, to all fellow Malaysians in Cambodia I would like to wish you Selamat Menyambut Hari Kebangsaan dan Selamat Hari Malaysia. May we continue to prosper under the grace of Allah and may we be blessed with limitless success in any field that we are in.
Thank you and Salam Negaraku – Sehati Sejiwa.
Dato’ Sri Hasan Malek
Ambassador of Malaysia to the Kingdom of Cambodia