National Day of Malaysia

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National Day of Malaysia


MALAYSIA celebrates the 49th anniversary of its nationhood today.

Malaysia and the Philippines are founding members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). They are also historically linked by centuries of cultural and people-to-people interaction. Philippine languages are closest to the Malay language because they belong to the same family.

Bilateral relations between the Philippines and Malaysia have been vigorously active, with exchanges of visits on the highest level. The most recent was Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's visit to Manila in January, 2004. Malaysia plays an important role as facilitator and convenor of peace talks between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The two countries also form part of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

Last April, the Philippines and Malaysia convened the Sixth Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) in Kuala Lumpur where the foreign ministers of the two countries discussed and assessed the level of bilateral cooperation. Discussed during the meeting were issues related to political and security cooperation, trade and investment, Filipino workers in Malaysia, access to education of children of Filipino workers, tourism, education, agriculture, capacity building in human resources, defense, air services, commodities, health, and education.

Last June, the Philippines and Malaysia held the Third Meeting of the RP-Malaysia Working Group on Migrant Workers. …

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