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KUALA LUMPUR- A prominent Thai ASEAN analyst has praised Malaysia for a job well done during its tenure as ASEAN chair for 2015, saying that right from day one, the nation had taken extra efforts to ensure smooth proceedings of the 27th ASEAN Summits and Related Summits.

Kavi Chongkittavorn said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who helmed the chairmanship, Malaysia had taken the lead to make sure that an ASEAN Community would be set up by year end.

"I think Malaysia has done a good job as the ASEAN chair," he said in a written reply to questions posed by Bernama.

On the last day of the five-day summit yesterday, the leaders of the 10 Southeast Asian countries inked a historic declaration on the formation of the ASEAN Community by Dec 31, 2015 that entails greater integration of this region of over 600 million people.

However, Kavi, who is a fellow at Chulalongkorn University's Institute of Security and International Studies, felt that there still remained some 'unfinished business' for ASEAN members regarding the ASEAN Community.

And these required political will and courage to overcome, especially those concerning non-tariff measures

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia and Russia have cemented an agreement to set up a Joint Malaysia-Russia Commission for Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation (ESTC).

The ESTC agreement provides for a bilateral mechanism to further enhance bilateral relations between the two countries.

Russian Economic Development First Deputy Minister Elexei Likhachev signed the agreement on behalf of Russia, while Malaysia was represented by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.

Prime Minister

KUALA LUMPUR- The 10 leaders of ASEAN cemented a key convention in the Malaysian capital Saturday to demostrate their commitment in protecting victims of trafficking and combating trafficking in persons in the region.

The signing ceremony of the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP), was led by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The convention establishes a legal framework for the region to effectively address the issue of

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has proposed several steps to be implemented once the Asean Community is launched.

For a start, Najib said the Asean business travel card can be implemented.

"At the airports, where there is Asean lane, it is a feeling you have as a member of Asean. It means something.

"If Apec can do it, why can't Asean, " he said at the Asean Business and Investment Summit here.

The Prime Minister said some of the doable steps can be the next journey

KUALA LUMPUR - The establishment of the ASEAN Community by year-end will not only benefit its people but propel the region to be a more developed and integrated bloc, said Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

To realise the vision, various plans had been undertaken throughout this year to steer ASEAN's peoples to together uphold the advocacy of creating a truly people-centred ASEAN, he said.

"ASEAN will be a more powerful vehicle for the realisation of our peoples'

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Bernama) -- Malaysia and the United States have agreed to make Malaysia a counter-messaging centre to fight violent extremism.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when disclosing this after bilateral talks with US President Barack Obama in Malaysia's capital Friday said that they held similar positions in terms of combating violent extremism and both agreed to work closely to make the Southeast Asian region safer.

Najib pointed out that Southeast Asia

KUALA LUMPUR: France has given its assurance on the safety of Malaysian students in the country, but has urged them to be vigilant following last Friday's deadly attacks in Paris.           

French Ambassador to Malaysia Christopher Penot said that French security forces had been placed on full alert to ensure the safety of people in France.

"We are trying to prevent further attacks and we are doing our best to ensure the security of everyone in France, including tourists and

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