International Day for Tolerance

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department,  Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy  and Ambassador Lakhdhir led a group of interfaith religious leaders on a tour of a Hindu temple, Buddhist temple, Catholic church, Taoist temple, and mosque in the  #Sentul  neighborhood of  #KualaLumpur  on November 8 to promote religious freedom, inclusion, and tolerance. • 首相署部长瓦塔慕迪及雷荷花大使在11月8日率领一群宗教领袖参观在吉隆坡冼都社区的兴都庙、佛堂、天主教堂、道所及伊斯兰教堂,并推广宗教自由、包容及和谐的价值观。 • நாட்டு மக்களிடையே மத நல்லினக்கத்தை மேம்படுத்தவும், புரிந்துணர்வை வளர்ப்பதற்கும் ...
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Happy Deepavali from U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur

The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir are proud to join Malaysians in celebrating  #Deepavali , the “Festival of Lights”. The video, featuring the Embassy’s American and Malaysian staff, highlights the diversity which is a central strength of both U.S. and Malaysian culture. Deepavali celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, good ...
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Ambassador Lakhdhir inspires more than 300 ETA students at the Projek Pelajar Symposium in Kuala Lumpur

On September 29, Ambassador Lakhdhir attended the Projek Pelajar Symposium at Universiti Malaya as a keynote speaker. She talked about creativity in entrepreneurship and encouraged the students to pursue solutions and projects that would benefit their respective communities. Projek Pelajar was a program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur, organized by Junior Achievement and led by ...
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Happy Malaysia Day

Ambassador Lakhdhir and the entire U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur team wishes a Happy Malaysia Day to all our friends throughout this great country.  From East to West, your spirit of unity is an inspiration. 雷荷花大使和美国驻吉隆坡大使馆团队祝这个伟大的国家及其国民马来西亚日快乐。 你们万众一心的团结精神为我们带来启发。 மலேசியா வாழ் அனைத்து மக்களுக்கும் எங்களின் மனமுவர்ந்த மலேசிய தின வாழ்த்துகளை தெரிவித்துக்கொள்கிறோம். கிழக்கு இருந்து மேற்குவரை உங்கள் ஒற்றுமை உத்வேகத்தை உணர்த்துகிறது. – தூதர் லக்டீர் மற்றும் அமேரிக்க தூதரகம்-
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Selamat Hari Merdeka from U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur!

The Embassy of the United States and Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir would like to extend our congratulations to Malaysia on 61 years of ‘Merdeka’! • 美国大使馆和雷荷花大使祝贺大马欢庆61周年独立! • மலேசியாவின் 61வது ‘மெர்டேக்கா’ தினத்தை முன்னிட்டு, தூதர் கமலா ஷிரின் லக்டீர் மற்றும் அமேரிக்கத் தூதரகமும் எங்களின் மனமுவர்ந்த வாழ்த்துகளை தெரிவித்துக்கொள்கிறோம். • Original Songwriter: CB Ahmad
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U.S. Embassy Announces Sponsorship of Exchange Program to Silicon Valley for National Science Challenge 2018

On August 17th, the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur announced its partnership with the Academy of Sciences Malaysia to provide an opportunity for one of the finalist teams of the 2018 National Science Challenge to travel to Silicon Valley. For the first time in the history of the competition, one lucky student team will be sent to California to ...
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Ambassador Lakhdhir Gives the Keynote Speech at the Opening Ceremony of the Harvard Project for Asia and International Relations (HPAIR) Asia Conferen

On August 16th, Ambassador Lakhdhir was invited to be the keynote speaker for the Opening Ceremony of the Harvard Project for Asia and International Relations (HPAIR) Asia Conference 2018. The HPAIR Asia Conference is a collaborative effort between students at Harvard and the host country organizing committee in Asia. This year, the theme of the ...
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Ambassador Lakhdhir Visits ETA School Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tanah Merah

On August 9, Ambassador Lakhdhir visited Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Ms. Maria Andrews assigned to Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tanah Merah in Pendang, Kedah. Ambassador Lakhdhir arrived at the school greeted by the principal Puan Rukiah Hj. Marhassan, Maria Andrews and the entire school community. The visit started with the Ambassador launching a bottle rocket. ...
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Ambassador Lakhdhir Visits Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bongor

On August 9, Ambassador Kamala Lakhdhir visited Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bongor in Baling, Kedah. She was greeted by principal Puan Zur’aiza Abdul Hamid and the entire school community. Students and teachers gathered to welcome Ambassador Lakhdhir in a glorious celebration with traditional kompang, silat and gasing performances marking the historical visit to the school. Puan Zur’aiza is an alumna ...
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Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri from U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur

From Ambassador Lakhdhir and the entire team at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Selamat Hari Raya! Daripada Duta Besar Lakhdhir dan seluruh pasukan di Kedutaan A.S. di Kuala Lumpur, Selamat Hari Raya! தூதர் லக்டீர் மற்றும் கோலாலம்பூரிலுள்ள அமேரிக்கத் தூதரகத்தின் முழு அணியிலிருந்தும், செலாமாட் ஹரி ராயா நல்வாழ்த்துகள்! 来自吉隆坡美国大使馆的美国驻马大使雷荷花与大使馆员,祝福各位马来同胞开斋节快乐
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Ambassador Lakhdhir meets Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Muhammad

Ambassador Lakhdhir met Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Muhammad today at the Perdana Leadership Foundation. “I was pleased to meet with the Prime Minister and congratulate him and all of Pakatan Harapan on the momentous win. We are looking forward to working with the Prime Minister and his newly appointed cabinet as they form the ...
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Ambassador Lakhdhir speaks at the 1st ASEAN-English Language Teaching Conference 2018

The 1st ASEAN-English Language Teaching Conference 2018 (ASEAN-ELT 2018) was held at the Equatorial Hotel in Melaka from March 15-17, 2018. One of the objectives of the ASEAN-ELT conference was to encourage greater regional co-operation among English language teachers and researchers. Organized by Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), the conference attracted more than 800 English language ...
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EducationUSA SEA Fair 2018 in Penang and Kuala Lumpur

On February 28 and March 4, EducationUSA Malaysia organized two university fairs in Penang and Kuala Lumpur respectively. Both fairs were part of the larger EducationUSA Southeast Asia Fair Series which is scheduled to run till mid-March across the ASEAN region. In Penang, 28 universities participated in the fair. The Public Affairs Officer from the U.S. ...
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Happy Chinese New Year from U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur

恭喜发财! Selamat Tahun Baru Cina! சீனப் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்! Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir and the entire U.S. Embassy community wish everyone Happy Chinese New Year! 🐶 🎍👲🏮🥡🥢💰🍃🎇🎆🇺🇸🇲🇾 #USAmbMY #USEmbMY #Malaysia #USA #America #ChineseNewYear #LunarNewYear #TahunBaruCina #GongXiFaCai
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Ambassador Lakhdhir Visits Kedah

On her first official visit to Kedah, Ambassador Lakhdhir had an audience with Sultan Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah and Crown Prince Tunku Sarafuddin Badlishah Ibni Sultan Sallehuddin at the Istana Anak Bukit. Ambassador Lakhdhir also paid a courtesy call to Chief Minister Dato’ Seri DiRaja Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah and Executive Councilor Datuk Suraya ...
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100 Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) begin their 10-month teaching assignment in Malaysia

Ambassador Lakhdhir welcomed the 100 Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) assigned to the states of Terengganu, Pahang, Kedah, Kelantan, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak and a newly added state of Melaka during a  welcome ceremony at her residence on January 11, 2018.  Besides assisting in English classrooms at local schools, the ETAs will conduct various English ...
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International Day for Tolerance

In the spirit of interfaith cooperation and understanding ahead of the International Day for Tolerance, Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir led a group of local faith leaders on a “Harmony Walk” to the National Mosque and several houses of worship throughout the Brickfields neighborhood of Kuala Lumpur. The Harmony Walk captured the rich diversity of Malaysia’s ...
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Thank you and “Selamat Jalan” ETAs!

On October 31, Ambassador Lakhdhir hosted a farewell reception at her residence for 98 Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) who have completed a 10-month assignment in various schools across Malaysia. In her remarks, Ambassador Lakhdhir commended the ETAs for their significant contributions toward greater relations between the U.S. and Malaysia and the lifelong impact the ...
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Happy Deepavali from U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur

Deepavali reminds us of the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir and the entire US Embassy community wish everyone Deepavali Valthukal! ———- இருள் என்ற தீமையை ஒளி என்கிற நன்மை அழித்து, அறிவு அறியாமையை வென்று, தீமையை நன்மை வெல்வதே தீபாவளியின் மகத்துவம். தூதர் கமலா ஷிரின் லக்தீர் மற்றும் கோலாலம்பூர் அமெரிக்கத் தூதரகத்தின் ...
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Selamat Hari Merdeka from U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur

The Embassy of the United States and Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir would like to extend our congratulations to Malaysia on 60 years of ‘Merdeka’ and celebrate our 60 years of bilateral relations. To commemorate Malaysia’s 60th Independence Day, Ambassador Lakhdhir was recently joined by a colorful cast comprised of the embassy’s local staff members dressed ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Visits Kuala Lumpur, August 2017

Selamat datang! Welcome! 欢迎! நல்வரவு! Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Kuala Lumpur today for his first official visit to Malaysia, marking 60 years of Malaysian independence. 2017 also marks 60 years of formal U.S.-Malaysia diplomatic relations—the U.S. is proud of our longstanding partnership with the people of Malaysia. • Photos from the trip • Video slideshow of highlights • U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur Facebook page • Fact Sheet : The United States and ASEAN: A Strong Foundation, A Bright Future
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Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir speaks at Taylor’s Commencement Ceremony

On July 29 2017, Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir gave the commencement speech at Taylor’s University’s American Degree Program commencement ceremony. The Ambassador addressed the 191 graduates, who had recently completed two years of study at Taylor’s and who plan to continue their studies at institutions overseas, including at universities in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She told ...
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America’s 241st Anniversary of Independence

Sharing in the celebration of America’s 241st anniversary of independence, nearly 800 guests from throughout Malaysia packed the ballroom at the InterContinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, July 5.  Highlights of the Embassy’s annual “Fourth of July” Reception included welcoming remarks by Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir and the evening’s guest of honor, the Honorable Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng ...
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Ambassador Lakhdhir Makes Second Trip to Sabah

Ambassador Lakhdhir visited Sabah for the second time on May 4-5, 2017. While there she visited the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Likas, gave remarks at a luncheon for the L.E.A.N women’s group, and traveled to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park to meet Joe the elephant, who was rescued by Sabah Wildlife staff. Ambassador Lakhdhir also attended a ship reception with U.S. ...
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Ambassador Lakhdhir Visits Sarawak

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 ...
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U.S. Embassy Co-Hosts Wildlife Conference April 10-12

The U.S. government funded a “Multilateral Workshop to Combat Wildlife Trafficking” in Kuala Lumpur on April 10-12, 2017, bringing together investigators and prosecutors with experience in handling wildlife trafficking and related environmental cases from Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The workshop aimed to strengthen enforcement against wildlife trafficking, reduce demand for Illegally traded wildlife, ...
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Ambassador Lakhdhir Visits Sabah

Ambassador Lakhdhir made her first official trip to Sabah on April 1-5, 2017. She visited the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center , Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center , Rainforest Discovery Center and Danau Girang Field Centre in Sandakan. In Kota Kinabalu, she met Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman, Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman, and Minister of Tourism and Environment Datuk Masidi Manjun. Her trip reiterated the close relationships with the Sabah State government ...
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Ambassador Travels to Langkawi for LIMA 2017

Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir visited the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition on March 20-22, 2017. While in Langkawi she met with a number of U.S. companies that had booths at the U.S. Pavilion, including Boeing , Lockheed Martin , MD Helicopters , Honeywell Aerospace , General Atomics Aeronautical Systems , L3 Wescam , and FLIR Systems . Ambassador Lakhdhir also toured U.S. Navy and Air Force aircraft that were on display. The U.S. Navy brought five aircraft, including ...
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Ambassador Lakhdhir Visits Penang

Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir made her first official visit to Penang on March 6-8, 2017. The trip was an opportunity to engage with U.S. companies, meet with government and civil society, and also enjoy Penang’s vibrant culture. Ambassador Lakhdhir visited several U.S. companies, including Intel, which has been in Penang for 45 years and employs ...
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EducationUSA University Fair 2017

EducationUSA Malaysia hosted two US education fairs in Penang and Kuala Lumpur on February 18 and 19. These were by far the largest US education fairs hosted by EducationUSA Malaysia, with 53 US universities in attendance in Kuala Lumpur and 32 universities represented at the Penang fair. Over 1,200 fair participants in Penang and Kuala ...
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Ambassador-Designate Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir Visits Cultural Sites in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian staff from the U.S. Embassy brought Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir to several important cultural sites in Kuala Lumpur during her first week in the country.  The sites included Merdeka Square, Masjid Wilayah, Guan Di Temple, and Batu Caves.
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The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program in Malaysia

Selamat datang! A group of 98 American Fulbright English Teaching Assistants has arrived in Malaysia! They have completed their orientation in Kuala Lumpur and will be in Malaysia for 10 months teaching in public high schools (SMK) in Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, Sabah, Sarawak, Kedah, Kelantan, and Perlis. Check out these photos of their adventures so far ...
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U.S. Ambassador-Designate Arrives in Malaysia

U.S. Ambassador-Designate to Malaysia Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir has arrived in Malaysia and assumed her position.  Her bio is available at https://my.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/our-ambassador/ . In addition, the U.S. Department of State has produced a short video that introduces Ambassador-Designate Lakhdhir to the public.  The video can be viewed on the U.S. Embassy’s Youtube page at https://youtu.be/NIpd8sBqNPE . Media outlets ...
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Ambassador-Designate Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir

In June 2016, Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir was nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to Malaysia. Ms. Lakhdhir joined the Foreign Service in 1991, serving first at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1992-1994), and then at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia (1994-1996).  Returning to Washington, Ms. Lakhdhir was assigned to the Secretary of ...
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American Seafood Promotion

On Thursday, September 29, 2016, United States Department of Agriculture ’s overseas export promotion arm for American agricultural products, known as the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), held an American Seafood Promotion at Victoria Station Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, with 52 guests attending. It targeted seafood importers, supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, food service and representatives of U.S. associations that support export market development. Chef Jean-luc Lundy gave a ...
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Ambassador Yun’s Remarks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Ambassador Yun delivered remarks on the benefits of TPP during a conference organized by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The conference brought together Malaysian officials and representatives from large Malaysian companies and small businesses to exchange ideas on how best to prepare for the opportunities the free trade agreement will ...
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Ambassador Yun Visits Perlis

Ambassador Yun visited the campus of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP Paus Campus) and gave a talk on U.S.-Malaysia relations to students, faculty, and local dignitaries. He discussed areas of bilateral cooperation, including education, security, trade, and the environment. He noted that the last few years have seen an increase in cooperation at all levels, including ...
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U.S.-Malaysian Defense Trade Symposium

February 22 – Ambassador Yun spoke at the first annual U.S.-Malaysian Defense Trade Symposium. The event brought together U.S and Malaysian defense companies and Malaysian military officials to exchange information and discuss defense-related trade opportunities. Also in attendance was Brian Nilsson, the U.S. State Department’s Acting Assistant Secretary of Political-Military Affairs.
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Ambassador meets with Young Entrepreneurs before Silicon Valley Trip

On February 16, 2016, Ambassador Yun met a group of twenty-five young entrepreneurs who will travel to Silicon Valley on February 21-26, 2016 as part of the Malaysia-America Foundation’s (MAF) inaugural program. The group is composed of both entrepreneurs and heads of major Malaysian businesses, including Sunway Group, and Touch-and-Go. As part of their program ...
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Fulbright English Teaching Assistants Welcome Reception

On January 15, 2016, Ambassador Yun welcomed 100 Fulbright English Teaching Assistants to his home in Kuala Lumpur for a reception before they depart for their schools all across Malaysia. Ministry of Education Director General Datuk Seri Dr. Khair Mohamad Yusof also attended the event. These 100 young Americans will spend the year teaching English ...
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Ambassador Yun Joins Portland Delegation in Visit to Sabah

Ambassador Yun and a 10-person delegation from Portland, Oregon visited Sabah as part of a Sister City initiative and the Oregon-Sabah Collaborative. The delegation, led by Portland Metro Council President Tom Hughes, visited sites in Kota Kinabalu and other parts of Sabah to build relationships in the fields of business, education, and environmental cooperation. During ...
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Ambassador Yun Joins Stanford Professors at Panel Discussion on U.S. Foreign Policy

At a roundtable discussion held at the Asia Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) on December 10, 2015, Professor Gi-Wook Shin from Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies along with Stanford University’s Professor Emeritus Donald K. Emmerson discussed how the United States’ foreign policy is shaping geopolitical dynamics in East Asia. Ambassador Joseph Y. ...
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Ambassador Yun Visits Kelantan and Announces New U.S. Flood Assistance

U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Y. Yun visited Kelantan on January 15, 2015 and met with Malaysian government officials to discuss flood recovery and assistance. While in Kota Bharu, Ambassador Yun met with the Crown Prince of Kelantan and the Chief Minister of Kelantan to convey his condolences, learn about the situation on the ground, ...
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Ambassador Joseph Yun Visits Penang

Ambassador Joseph Yun traveled to Penang for the annual American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce  (Amcham) Penang Dialogue earlier this week.  He met with U.S. company representatives and Penang government leaders to discuss the wide range of events that took place in Malaysia during the last year, including President Obama’s historic visit.  Ambassador Yun also outlined activities that would be taking ...
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Ambassador Joseph Yun Visits Sabah

Ambassador Yun recently traveled to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah to attend the Sabah Forestry Department Centennial celebration and the Heart of Borneo Conference.  While in Kota Kinabalu, the Ambassador met with Sabah State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun, Kota Kinabalu City Mayor Abidin Madingkir, and the Kota Kinabalu-Portland Sister City Steering Committee members ...
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Ambassador Yun Visits ExxonMobil’s Tapis R Offshore Platform

On Wednesday October 29, Ambassador Joseph Yun visited the newly installed Tapis R offshore oil platform, the hub of the Tapis Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) project off the coast of Terengganu. ExxonMobil and its joint venture partner Petronas are investing $2.5 billion in the project, which seeks to boost oil production from the maturing Tapis ...
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The U.S. and Malaysia Share Common Values in Countering ISIL

Americans and Malaysians alike have been shocked by the horrific images of the senseless violence carried out by the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant”, also called ISIL.  Atrocities described by Iraqi officials include the massacre of 1,000 people, including 100 children, in Mosul and the killing, raping, burning, and selling of innocent women ...
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Ambassador Yun to Accompany Sabah Delegation to Portland, Oregon

Ambassador Joseph Yun will accompany a delegation from Kota Kinabalu and Sabah as they visit Portland, Oregon from September 27 – October 4, 2014. Led by Sabah Minister of Tourism, Culture & Environment, YB Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Bin Manjun, the Sabah delegation includes the Mayor of Kota Kinabalu Datuk Abidin Madingkir, and representatives from ...
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Ambassador Yun Hosts a Dialogue with Influential Muslims Leaders

On June 26, Ambassador Joseph Yun invited prominent leaders of Malaysian Muslim communities to his residence for an informal discussion on current domestic issues and foreign affairs.  Participants included spiritual leaders, heads of NGOs, and others active in Islamic civil society.  Ambassador Yun refuted many common misconceptions about the United States and its policies, including ...
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U.S. Ambassador’s Remarks at the Reception to Celebrate the 238th Anniversary of Independence of the United States of America

(As Prepared for Delivery) Excellencies, Tan Sri-Puan Sri, Dato-Datin, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Salam sejahtera dan selamat petang.  A very warm welcome to all. Thank you for joining us to celebrate the 238th anniversary of the independence of the United States—a holiday known to all Americans simply as the 4th of July. Now, the quicker ...
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Op-ed: False Drugs, False Hope, Real Danger

According to the World Health Organisation, more than half a million people died from malaria in 2012 and 20 per cent of those deaths are attributed to false or substandard medication.  Most of those deaths occurred in Africa, where a child dies every minute from malaria. Adding to the tragedy is the fact that malaria ...
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Ambassador Yun Hosts a Wildlife Protection Event

Ambassador Joseph Y. Yun’s Wildlife Protection Event Draws Crowd:  On Friday, February 21, 2014, Ambassador Yun hosted panelists from the Sabah Wildlife Department, Sabah Forestry Department, Danau Gireng Field Centre, and EcoHealth Alliance for a presentation attended by 15 heads of foreign missions in Malaysia, as well as a number of directors of Malaysian and ...
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