Ambassador Lakhdhir Visits Sarawak

U.S., Malaysian, and Japanese military engineers joined together to construct new buildings for a primary school in Batu Kawa, Sarawak. (U.S. Embassy photo)
U.S., Malaysian, and Japanese military engineers joined together to construct new buildings for a primary school in Batu Kawa, Sarawak. (U.S. Embassy photo)
U.S., Malaysian, and Japanese military engineers joined together to construct new buildings for a primary school in Batu Kawa, Sarawak. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Ambassador Lakhdhir made her first official trip to Sarawak on April 20-23, 2017. She visited the secondary school SMK Semerah Padi to meet with students, teachers, and American Fulbright English Assistant Jay Sullivan. She traveled to the Semenggoh Wildlife Center and the Sarawak Biodiversity Center to discuss environmental conservation. She met with library staff of Pustaka Sarawak, where she visited the American Corner and read books to young children. She also met with Sarawak Governor Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud, Chief Minister YAB Datuk Amar Abang Zohari, and YB Puan Sri Datuk Amar Datin Pattinggi Hajah Jamilah Haji Anu, the wife of former Sarawak Chief Minister YAB Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

Ambassador Lakhdhir also participated in several activities for Pacific Partnership 2017, a regional humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission. In one project, U.S, Malaysia, and Japanese military engineers joined together to construct new buildings for a primary school in Batu Kawa. Separately U.S., Malaysian, and Japanese medical professionals provided free health screenings to the general public. In addition, Ambassador Lakhdhir joined Sarawak Chief Minister YAB Datuk Amar Abang Zohari and U.S. Navy Captain Stanfield Chien at the Pacific Partnership 2017 closing ceremony.