For the past 50 years, Malaysia has been actively supported UN peacekeeping missions all over the world. To this day over 20,800 Malaysian military personnel and about 1,000 civilian police have been deployed to missions in more than 20 countries. 26 brave Malaysians have lost their lives in their pursuit to uphold peace and order all over the world.
More recently, in a statement of support to the peace efforts undertaken to maintain stability in the Kingdom of Bahrain by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, I announced that Malaysia is prepared to contribute peacekeepers to the country, if invited to do so.
In commemoration of the International Day of the United Nations Peacekeepers, I urge you to join me in recognising and saluting these men and women as well as their families for the sacrifices they have made for the sake of global peace.