By New Straits Times; Malaysia will be the first chair of the new Asean Community in 2015 and will seek ways to rally people. IN 2015, when Malaysia becomes chairman of the Asean Com-munity, the newly-named Asean, the erstwhile regional cooperation organisation, it is expected to raise the country’s foreign policy profile in the region and beyond. The new entity will bring to completion the gradual process of consultation, negotiation and consensus-building involving officials and the public at all levels of member governments that has been going on since 2007. Significantly, the founding date has been brought forward from 2020 to 2015, evidence surely of the high confidence felt by the Asean members that the future is theirs to behold and ordain together. In its role as the Asean Community’s first chairman, Malaysia will focus on boosting cooperation among member countries in political-security, economic and socio-cultural areas. In clarifying the goals and values of the new entity, Malaysia will be pushing for more people support for a values-based approach in the community’s working and institution building. On record, Asean has much to show for its success and achievement politically and economically (Read More).
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