Kuala Lumpur, Sept 8 — The first meeting of the Consultative Council on Foreign Policy (CCFP) comprising senior ministry officials, as well as representatives from various fields, pointed towards a government that is now inclusive in making national policies, said Parti Amanah Negara’s VP Hasanuddin Mohd Yunus.
Through a social media post, the Hulu Langat MP reiterated the objective of the CCFP, which includes but is not limited to, the importance of multilateralism at the international level, economics, cybersecurity, sustainable development goals (SDGs), and cultural diplomacy.
Foreign Minister Dato Saifuddin Abdullah has stated that the focus of the CCFP approach is a continuation of Malaysia’s previous foreign policy, adding that that the Consultative Council serves to channel views and feedback from its members towards formulating Malaysia’s foreign policies and to protect its sovereign interests.
Hasanuddin stated that since foreign policy is the main medium of interacting with the international community, be it in a bilateral or multilateral form, the 14 members might not suffice to cover other aspects of policymaking that are no less important.
“However, these discussions should not just be a form of “coffee shop talk”, which does not translate into action not only in the eyes of the rakyat but also among the international community, especially in ASEAN and OIC,” he said, adding that these implementations are subject to evaluation from the public as it is readily available on social media.
“As such, the CCFP must function properly so that Malaysia’s image is not underestimated”.
Hasanuddin added that the CCFP and Wisma Putra must adhere to the principles of Rukun Negara in evaluating and planning Malaysia’s foreign policies, as it is important not to get too caught up with foreign parties that will have a detrimental effect on us in the long run.
“Good luck to CCFP and we Malaysians sincerely hope that the proposed policies will also be shared among members of Parliament” he concluded.