KUALA LUMPUR, 18th November, 2015 (WAM) — Malaysia has made good on its promise to steer ASEAN closer to the people during its 2015 chairmanship of the 10-member bloc, said Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, Malaysian news agency, Bernama, has reported.

Underpinned by the people-centred approach in line with the slogan, ‘Our People, Our Community, Our Vision’, he said that Kuala Lumpur had further endeavoured to involve various sectors of society in ASEAN activities and processes.

“Some of the initiatives undertaken by Malaysia during its chairmanship include boosting interface involving leaders with different sectors of society such as youth, civil society, business community and lawmakers,” he told Bernama ahead of the 27th ASEAN Summit and related summits this week.

Anifah noted that Malaysia’s chairmanship had been marked by its emphasis on the concept of moderation, and this was evident in how Malaysia dealt with regional and international issues.

He added that steering ASEAN closer to the people was among the priorities outlined by Malaysia when it took over as ASEAN chair from Myanmar on January 1st, 2015, and another was the formal establishment of the ASEAN Community which entails closer integration through three pillars of political security, economy and socio-culture.