PUTRAJAYA, Feb 14 -- The ASEAN-China Special Foreign Ministers Meeting in Laos on Feb 20 is to show ASEAN solidarity with China in addressing COVID-19, the new coronavirus disease, Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said today.
“The main purpose is to show ASEAN solidarity with China in addressing the issue together because China is one of the biggest partners of ASEAN in many senses, especially trade.
“It is also to share information as to how each member state of ASEAN is handling the issue and to show our confidence in China that they will be able to overcome the situation,” he said when asked on the upcoming meeting.
Saifuddin spoke after the exchange of memorandums of understanding between the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations and three public universities, namely Universiti Malaya, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and Universiti Malaysia Sabah, here.
He said each ASEAN member state, in its own way, has been assisting China in cash or kind.
Asked about the Malaysian student reportedly evicted from a rented house in Perth, Australia, over COVID-2019 fears, Saifuddin said: “All our missions are doing their level best to keep us informed of what is happening to Malaysians worldwide.
“We normally discuss this with the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA). I am sure they will address this issue.”
Saifuddin said the government has a system in place with regard to the COVID-2019 issue, where statements related to the matter are made by NADMA or the Health Ministry and Wisma Putra handles the process of bringing back Malaysians from affected areas.
As for the reportedly evicted Malaysian, it was said that the student had flown to Malaysia on Jan 24 for the Chinese New Year holidays but discovered that her landlord had evicted her upon her return on Feb 4.
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