Malaysia offers to host 2019 CHOGM

By Monday October 31st, 2011 No Comments

PERTH – Malaysia has offered to host the 2019 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the year was significant as it would be 30 years since Malaysia first hosted the meeting in 1989.

“It is still too early for any decision to be made, but we have started making the offer to host CHOGM.

“From the feedback we have obtained, most member states have accepted our offer,” he told the Malaysian media at the conclusion of CHOGM 2011 here yesterday.

After meeting in Australia, Commonwealth leaders will convene in Sri Lanka for their biennial meeting in 2013 and in Mauritius in 2015. There has been no offer to host the 2017 meeting so far.

Najib said the earliest that Malaysia would know if its offer has been accepted would be at the Sri Lanka meeting.

At a barbecue event with Malay­sians at Burswood Park, he said the people must help the Government and him to see the success of programmes that had been planned to push the country forward.

He said that while there was determination and political will on the Government’s part to see the Government, Economy and Political Transformation Programmes materialise, the people’s help and support were still important.

“I hope the people of Malaysia, no matter where they are, be it in the country or abroad, are behind us, supporting us and encouraging us.

“The aim is to achieve our goals so that Malaysia becomes more progressive, united and be better for the people,” he told the crowd.

Najib said he had met several Malaysians during a dinner, organised by the Western Australian Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and was touched when they asked how they could invest in Malaysia or help in its transformation process.

Source : asiaone

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