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Amb. Santhananaban Greets New Diplomats
27 New Malaysian Diplomats Treated at Malaysia House
By Ted Gim
Staff Reporter
Malaysian Ambassador to Seoul Dato' M. Santhananaban (4th from right holding his daughter) poses for The Seoul Times with a group of new Malaysian diplomats at his residence of Malaysia House in Seoul's Hannam-dong area on May 21, 2008.

A group of new Malaysia diplomats visiting South Korea were treated with dinner of home-made Malaysian meal by Malaysian envoy and his wife at the ambassadorial residence on May 21, 2008.

Malaysian Ambassador to Seoul Dato' M. Santhananaban and his wife Mrs. Datin Marie Santhananaban hosted a dinner reception at Malaysia House in Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu on May 21, 2008.

A total of 27 young diplomats include Shahbanu Farah A. Rakesh, assistant secretary Oceania Division of the Malaysian Foreign Ministry, and Mohd Hafiz Othman, assistant secretary of West Asia & North African Division of the ministry.

Malaysian Ambassador to Seoul Dato' M. Santhananaban and his wife Mrs. Datin Marie Santhananaban hold their daughter "Aarani Diana" while posing for The Seoul Times at a reception held at Malaysia House in Hannam-dong on May 21, 2008.

Other international and local guests including local journalists were also invited. They included Somsanouk Vongsack, first secretary of the Embassy of Laos in Seoul and Dr. Lakhvinder Singh who serves as president of Indo-Korean Policy Forum in Seoul.

The Malaysian diplomats were on a weeklong training mission in South Korea.

Amb. Santhananaban has been one of the busiest foreign envoys in Seoul, taking care of both official and unofficial visitors from Malaysia.

For details or inquiries please contact the Malaysian Embassy in Seoul at 797-7713.

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Ted Gim serves as staff reporter of The Seoul Times. He studied tourism management at a S. Korean university. He spent three years in England and Ireland, studying and living there. He studied tourism at a English college for two years. He covers tourism industry as well as diplomatic community in Seoul.






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