Malaysia was re-elected to the International Council C of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the specialized body of the United Nations overseeing safety, security and environment sustainability of international shipping.
The term of the membership in the Council is for 2018-2019. The re-election for the seventh consecutive terms stands testimony to Malaysia’s respectable standing as a maritime nation amongst the international community.
Malaysia gained 131 votes from among 24 countries contesting in Category C of the IMO during the election held in conjunction with the 30th Regular Session of the IMO General Assembly at its headquarters in London on 1 December 2017.
Transport Minister, Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai said the re-election represents the recognition of and vote of confidence by IMO member nations for Malaysia’s contributions to the maritime sector. It also signifies its importance not only to the IMO but also in the international maritime sector.
Dato’ Sri Liow, who headed Malaysia’s delegation to the IMO Regular Session said the success would also provide confidence to investors in Malaysia’s maritime sector which includes shipping, shipbuilding/repairing and port operations.
Dato’ Sri Liow with Malaysia’s delegation celebrating the country’s re-election into the Category C Council of IMO in London on 1 December 2017