On 19 April, the Council approved conclusions on an EU strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, setting out the EU’s intention to reinforce its strategic focus, presence and actions in this region of prime strategic importance for EU interests. The aim is to contribute to regional stability, security, prosperity and sustainable development, at a time of rising challenges and tensions in the region. Read more.
In conjunction with World Press Freedom Day, EU Ambassador to Malaysia H.E. Michalis Rokas spoke to the New Straits Times about how the Indo-Pacific strategy is vital to advocating freedom of expression. Read the interview here.
On 24 April, the EU underlined the need for a swift and faithful implementation of the five-point consensus reached at the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting in Jakarta. The EU declared its support of ASEAN, its Chair, its Secretary General and the Special Envoy in facilitating a constructive dialogue with all key stakeholders with a view to bringing Myanmar/Burma back to its democratic path. Read more.
On 12 May, HRVP Josep Borell issued a statement calling for an end to the escalation of violence in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The EU stressed that all efforts should be directed at avoiding civilian casualties, and supporting de-escalation. Read more.
On 21 May, HRVP again issued a statement on Palestine/Israel, welcoming the announced ceasefire bringing to an end the violence in and around Gaza. The EU commended Egypt, Qatar, United Nations, United States and others who have played a facilitating role in this. Read more.
On 9 May, EU in Malaysia celebrated Europe Day 2021 by lighting up the iconic Kuala Lumpur Tower in the heart of Malaysia’s capital. With the lit-up KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers as a backdrop, EU Ambassador H.E Michalis Rokas filmed his speech on the tower terrace to convey his message of the EU’s solidarity and friendship with Malaysia.
Read the Ambassador’s letter to The Star editor on Europe Day.
Read local news coverage here.
Malaysia’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Honourable Khairy Jamaluddin, also conveyed a warm message of congratulations to EU in Malaysia on Europe Day.
On 28 May, HRVP Josep Borell wrote an op-ed on the need to close the vaccination gap between advanced economies and developing countries. He asserted that a widely vaccinated world population is the only way to end the pandemic.
Read the op-ed here.
On 6 April, the project YAKSHA (Cybersecurity Awareness and Knowledge Systemic High-level Application) published the list of results and achievements of its work to improve cybersecurity in the EU and ASEAN after three years of work. The results include the development of new, dedicated cybersecurity software toolkits, validated in real-world pilot projects. Read more.
The European Union Delegation to Malaysia is looking for Press and Information Officer. The deadline for submitting applications is 30 June 2021.
Find out more here.
EU Ambassador to Malaysia H.E. Michalis Rokas continued his strategic meetings with Malaysian leaders - Malaysian Science, Technology & Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin; the Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong; Ministry of International Trade & Industry Secretary-General Lokman Ali; Multilateral Affairs Deputy Secretary-General Nadzirah Osman.
The European Commission published its biennial report on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) in third countries. The report lists "priority countries" and to focus its efforts and resources on the specific areas of concern, with the aim of improving IPR protection and enforcement worldwide. Malaysia is listed as a priority 3 country. Read more.
On 18 May 2021, the European Commission adopted a Communication on Business Taxation for the 21st century to promote a robust, efficient and fair business tax system in the EU. It sets out both a long-term and short-term vision to support Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure adequate public revenues over the coming years. Read.
On 12 May, the European Commission adopted the EU Action Plan “Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil” – a key deliverable of the European Green Deal. The plan ties together all relevant EU policies to tackle and prevent pollution, with a special emphasis on how to use digital solutions to tackle pollution. Read more.
In conjunction with Europe Day, EU in Malaysia launched the I *star* EU Photography Showdown for Malaysians aged 18 and above. Contestants were required to submit an artistic photo that shows a star-shaped object. Of the numerous entries we received, ten winners were chosen. EU in Malaysia and Member States’ embassies contributed the prizes. The winners were announced on the Delegation’s social media channel and the Delegation’s cultural website.
See the top three photos here:
Sisters In Islam (SIS) organised a public forum to discuss legal studies scholar Prof Dr Tamir Moustafa’s book, “Constituting Religion: Islam, Liberal Rights and the Malaysian State”. The discourse delved into his study on the "judicialisation of religion". "Constituting Religion" traces when, why, and how a sharp rights-versus-rites binary emerged in the Malaysian experience, first within the legal system, and subsequently radiating outwards through political discourse and popular legal consciousness. Watch the recorded forum on SIS Facebook Channel.
PACOS Trust, a community-based organisation in Sabah, conducted roadshows on native customary rights and customary land in villages across Sabah. Participants were given exposure to laws relating to customary land ownership in Sabah including on Native Customary Rights, types of land titles and the processes and criteria involved in obtaining such ownership. Read more on their activities here.