British High Commissioner emphasises modern partnership with MalaysiaTASNIM LOKMAN , NURUL ATIKAH SARJI , LIZA MOKHTAR
KUALA LUMPUR - Newly appointed British High Commissioner to Malaysia Ailsa Terry has spoken enthusiastically about the long-standing historical ties between the United Kingdom (UK) and Malaysia, emphasising the need for a modern partnership that benefits both countries.
Highlighting the exceptional people-to-people relationships that existed between UK and Malaysia, she said she also acknowledged both countries' special connection shared by the citizens.
“I want to create a contemporary partnership that focuses on mutual benefits and shared goals.
“One of the primary areas of cooperation mentioned was trade, with a focus on job creation in both Malaysia and the UK.
“The potential collaboration within the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is highlighting the importance of fostering economic growth and creating employment opportunities,” she said in an interview with Sinar Daily.
On top of that, she said education was another critical aspect of the partnership, with approximately 20,000 alumni of the British Council in Malaysia and nearly 2,000 Chevening scholars.
“I want to stress the significance of strengthening people-to-people links, especially with the younger generation and I want to make a huge effort to engage with the youths through platforms like TikTok,” she said.
Terry also touched on emerging technologies, while revealing the upcoming first-ever conference on artificial intelligence, organised in partnership with the Malaysian government.
“It is important to stay at the forefront of technological advancements that are reshaping societies worldwide,” she added.
In terms of tackling global challenges together, Terry cited climate change as a critical area for cooperation, acknowledging Malaysia's unique position as a biodiversity superpower.
“I want to stress the UK's commitment to work with Malaysia on climate-related issues and the importance of protecting the environment.
“Given Malaysia's strategic location in a region with its share of tensions and disputes, the UK supports Malaysia and Asean in addressing regional security challenges, including those related to the South China Sea,” she said.
Her vision included a modern, dynamic and mutually beneficial collaboration that addressed both shared opportunities and global challenges.
As the relationship between the two countries continued to evolve, these areas of cooperation were expected to play a significant role in shaping the future of the UK-Malaysia relations, Terry added.