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62nd "Hari Merdeka" Marked in Seoul
Hundreds Celebrate Malaysia's Independence Day
Malaysian Ambassador to S. Korea Dato Mohd Ashri Muda (left) and his spouse Mrs. Rohayahti Hamzah pose for camera while receiving guests at a dinner reception held on Sept. 6, 2019 at Crystal Ballroom of Lotte Hotel in downtown Seoul on the occasion of its 62nd National Day.
Malaysian Ambassador to South Korea Dato Mohd Ashri Muda and his spouse Mrs. Rohayahti Hamzah hosted on Sept. 6, 2019 a dinner reception at Crystal Ballroom of Lotte Hotel in downtown Seoul on the occasion of its 62nd National Day.

The reception was also to celebrate 86th Malaysia Armed Forces Day.

The National Day of Malaysia, also known as "Hari Merdeka" (Independence Day) commemorates the independence of the Federation of Malaya from the British colonial rule in 1957, and is celebrated on August 31 every year.

Both local and international guests of high profile were invited to the celebration the Malaysia envoy. Among them were scores of top foreign envoys and spouses.

Representing South Korean goverment came its Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Yoon Soon-Gu, who made a congratulatory speech in front of a large gathering.

In his welcoming speech the Malaysian envoy emphasized the growing mutual ties betwen Malaysia and South Korea.

Malaysia's international policy toward the Korean Peninsula is to maintain the equidistance diplomacy on the surface.

But, in actuality, Malaysia has been bolstering its ties with South Korea in political, economic, and cultural areas, according to the diplomatic sources.

They say that Malaysia has been supportive of South Korea's peace policy for the Korean Peninsula, particularly its policy of reforming the North Korea.

Malaysian Ambassador to S. Korea Dato Mohd Ashri Muda
Malaysian Ambassador to South Korea Dato Mohd Ashri Muda and his spouse Mrs. Rohayahti Hamzah host on Sept. 6, 2019 a dinner reception at Crystal Ballroom of Lotte Hotel in downtown Seoul on the occasion of its 62nd National Day.

The bilateral diplomatic ties were established between South Korea and Malaysia in February 1960.

South Korea set up its permanent embassy in Kuala Lumpur in May 1962. Two years later Malaysia opened its embassy in Seoul in April.

Malaysia established its diplomatic ties with North Korea only in June 1973.

Since the diplomatic establishment between Malaysia and South Korea, the two nations have been developing meaningful and substantial cooperative relations.

Malaysia has emerged as one of the most important trade and investment partners of South Korea among Asian member countries.

Malaysia is South Korea’s fourth largest trading and investment partner among ASEAN countries.

In particular Malaysia and South Korea agreed this spring to form a free trade agreement (FTA).

The agreement was made between then visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-In and Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad when Moon visited the Southeast Asian nation on March 12-14, 2019.

In recent years the economic cooperation between the two countries has evolved into more complex and value-added areas such as financial, tourism and high-tech industry collaboration.

Malaysia is an important partner of natural resources and energy cooperation.

Over 10 percent of Korea’s annual consumption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is being imported from Malaysia as of 2018.

Malaysia is the fourth largest exporter of its LNG to South Korea only after Qatar (30%), Australia (18%), and Oman (11%).

Currently, South Korea is Malaysia's eighth largest trading partner. Bilateral trade volume reached 17.98 billion US dollars in 2018.

Green technology cooperation between the two nations includes investments of Korean private companies investing in Malaysia on renewable energy production using biomass and establishments of eco-friendly business using bio-technology.

It is noteworthy that Malaysia’s iconic landmarks, the Penang Great Bridge and one side of the Petronas Twin Towers were built by Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company and Samsung C&T Corporation respectively.

South Korea and Malaysia have been working together to establish a mutually beneficial and future-oriented strategic partnership. Moving beyond mere bilateral cooperation, both nations are also making concerted efforts in dealing with global issues in various aspects such as the environment, human rights and counter-terrorism.

Malaysia has been a land of opportunity and has attracted foreign investments with its established infrastructure, wide availability of raw materials and active government support.

Also known as the center of gravity in Southeast Asia, Malaysia has yielded influence as a leading political and economic nation in the region. It consists of thirteen states and three federal territories and occupies a land area of about 329, 847 square kilometers.

A multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country, it has a population of approximately 30 million with the Malays forming the majority group followed by the Chinese and Indians.




 

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