Posted on December 14, 2018

Qatar and Malaysia have a shared vision to achieve the objectives of the United Nations (UN) campaign against corruption and supporting global partnership efforts, the Ambassador of Qatar to Malaysia, Fahad bin Mohammed Kafoud (pictured), stated.

“This common vision and collaboration between Qatar and Malaysia covers many other international and regional issues. Both countries look forward to furthering joint action and enhancing cooperation and bilateral relations,” the Ambassador said in a report carried by Malaysia’s (Bernama) News Agency. He praised the recent visit of Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to Malaysia on December 5, coupled with H H the Amir’s attendance at the third Sheikh Tamim International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award ceremony in Putrajaya city in Malaysia.

Furthermore, the Ambassador said it was also a recognition of the role of Malaysia’s Prime Minister to take the lead in the international campaign against corruption and crime, so that Malaysia could be an example for other countries to follow. An anti-corruption stainless steel monument was also launched by the two leaders at Dataran Putra in Putrajaya. It was a gift from the Qatari Government to Malaysia as a special acknowledgement of its strength shown in fighting corruption. The Ambassador said Malaysia was the third country chosen to host the prestigious event after Austria in 2016 and Switzerland last year and “This shows an appreciation of the role of the Malaysian people in combating corruption, and their realisation that this is the shortest way to achieve sustainable development.”

The Ambassador added that it is an annual event to recognise and appreciate contribution to the global campaign against corruption, as well as enhance Qatar’s role in the global partnership and its efforts in fighting corruption aimed at achieving sustainable development. The Sheikh Tamim Award is considered a global initiative to promote awareness on the rule of law and motivate governments, academic institutions, media and civil societies to adopt the principles of the convention against corruption adopted by the UN General Assembly on Oct 31, 2003, and enforced in 2005 with 186 signatories.