Malaysia satisfied with outcome of IPU

By NNN-Bernama

Nusa Dua (Bali) : Malaysia is satisfied with the outcome of the just-concluded 116th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) which saw active participation of all the eight Malaysian delegates in all discussions and debates.

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Head of the Malaysian delegation Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said an input from Malaysia, which called for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, was shared by other countries and made one of the resolutions at the conference.

It was raised by Member of Parliament Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, who also called for countries responsible for the destruction in Iraq to help rebuild the country, he told Bernama here today.

Ahmad Husni, who spoke at the IPU on climate change after 10 years of Kyoto Protocol, said the delegates responded favourably to Malaysia’s call for the 25 countries which had yet to sign the document to do so immediately.

The six-day IPU, which began on April 29, was attended by 1,400 members of parliament from 126 countries.

Husni further said that Dr Wee Ka Siong provided an eye-opener on the need to have a mechanism to monitor and control the movement of labour between countries.

Another Malaysian MP Ronald Kiandee, spoke on Malaysia’s experience in ensuring harmony among its multi-racial society through democracy which gave equal rights to all races.

Husni said Kiandee and Dr Wan Junaidi were selected to sit respectively on the democracy and human rights committee, and the international peace and security committee.

Other Malaysian delegates included Lim Bee Kau, Tan Lian Hoe and Senator Siw Chun d/o Eam.

On the sidelines of the IPU conference, Husni held meetings with delegates from Holland, South Africa, Somalia and Indonesia.

“The Dutch are impressed by Malaysia’s progress in agriculture while South Africa wants to learn more about the Barisan Nasional party system in ensuring a harmonious and prosperous Malaysia,” he added.

Husni also said he felt honoured to have chaired the beginning of the main conference proceedings as Indonesian parliamentary speaker Agong Laksono had to attend to other matters.