KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Parliament and the United States (US) House of Representatives have agreed to continue communicating and engaging on various issues in addition to strengthening their bilateral relations, Speaker Dewan Rakyat said, Tan Sri Azhar Azizan Harun.
He said that the first visit of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, accompanied by her Congressional delegation, to Malaysia, in particular to the Malaysian Parliament, was very historic because it could serve as a platform of discussion between the parliamentary institutions of the two countries.
According to Azhar, Pelosi’s visit allowed the Malaysian parliament to learn more about the role of special committees.
“Their response was very good…it was somewhat beyond their expectations. She (Pelosi and the delegation) came here with an open heart to learn from our experiences (in the Malaysian Parliament) and we are also open to learning from their experiences.
“I really hope that the Malaysian parliament can learn from the US experience in this (restricted special committees) because they have been using the initiative for a long time,” he said at a press conference in parliament on Tuesday. August 2nd. .
Earlier, Pelosi and the US Congressional delegation arrived at the Parliament Building this afternoon and had a nearly hour-long discussion with Azhar, who was also joined by several Malaysian MPs.
Azhar said the meeting, among others, discussed several issues, including Malaysia’s tier three ranking in the 2022 human trafficking report based on the US State Department’s annual report, as well as issues related to the palm oil industry, sustainability, floods and global disasters. warming up.
“On Malaysia’s position in the US State Department’s annual report, I told them (the US delegation), our minister (of the interior) informs the Dewan Rakyat and I also pointed out that Malaysia should take stronger measures to improve the situation.
“As for the palm oil issue, I told them that Malaysia has nothing to hide,” he said.
Pelosi, along with the Congressional delegation, arrived in Malaysia today as part of the official visit to four Asian countries.
The special plane carrying Pelosi and her entourage landed at the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) base in Subang near here at 10.33am.
The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives also met with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in the federal capital later in the day. – Bernama