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