Title: Malaysia's Foreign Relations: The Agenda of National Resilience
Editors: Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani & Abdul Rahman Abdul Aziz
Category: Book (Compilation of articles)
Publisher: Institut Pemikiran Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
Our Malaysia's foreign policy focuses on keeping the stable bilateral and multilateral relations for the sake of national interests. Keys to the success of Malaysia's foreign policy is to avoid conflict, respect the relations and agreements with other countries, maintain the policy of non-intervention especially through ASEAN, and always looking for win-win situation in international relations. During Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's premiership, he upheld the policy or concept of "prosper thy neighbour" that encouraged cooperation between Malaysia woth all bordering countries especially in fostering economic progress and development. This is to ensure that Malaysia's national interests from foreign policies must also the national interests of other neighbouring countries, ASEAN countries in particular, as well. It is clear that, regarding the relation between Malaysia with world superpowers and economic powers from the era of Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra until the present era of Dato' Sri Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Malaysia has kept the same focus on having a good relation with them and attracting them to prosper the country, for instance, through foreign direct investments (FDI). Therefore, in this globalised and interdependent world, Malaysia takes a proactive stand to ensure her national interests and national resilience will be protected for the common good.
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