January Pop Up Event - Special Guest Speaker: former Foreign Affairs Minister of Malaysia Dato’ Sri Saifuddin Abdullah

New Politics 2.0: Multiracial and Moderate Malaysian Democracy

As our first event in 2023, on Monday 30 January, in collaboration with the Forrest Research Foundation, we will have the pleasure to host Dato' Sri Saifuddin Abdullah, until recently the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia who will be talking to us about the evolution of politics in Malaysia in an address titled "New Politics 2.0: Multiracial and Moderate Malaysian Democracy". In the discussion after his address he will also share his reflections on his time as the Foreign Minister of this key regional country. 


As a founding member, Malaysia continues to play a key leadership role in ASEAN and the country is very actively engaged in broader regional and global issues. Malaysia and Australia share a relationship that is anchored in history but is also dynamic, contemporary and broad-based, including: exceptional people to people links; the second most important economic relationship for Australia in Southeast Asia; and a long-standing defence partner, both during conflicts and peacetime through the Five Power Defence Arrangement and the Malaysia Australia Joint Defence Program . In January 2021, the prime ministers of the two countries elevated the bilateral relationship to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP).


As a two-time Minister of Foreign Affairs and still a Member of Parliament – now in opposition - Dato' Sri Saifuddin Abdullah's presence here in Perth will provide us with a rare opportunity to hear directly from a speaker who is a senior political leader and decision maker in the region, including on the very issues Australia, its near neighbours and the global community are still navigating in early 2023.

Guests will receive a welcome drink on arrival, and light finger food will also be served.

Jan 30, 2023

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM GMT+8

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The Ashburton Room, Forrest Hall
21 Hackett Dr., Crawley WA 6009
Crawley, Western Australia, Australia

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Member Ticket

Doors open at 6:00pm. Presentation begins at 6:30

Member Price A$10
Non Member Ticket

Doors open at 6:00pm. Presentation begins at 6:30


The Australian Institute of International Affairs for WA

The Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) is an independent, non-profit organisation seeking to promote interest in and understanding of international affairs in Australia.

The WA Branch of the AIIA was founded in 1947 by Professor Fred Alexander of the University of WA, who became its first President. Like the earlier established branches in the other Australian states, the WA Branch was modelled on the British Royal Institute of International Affairs, based at Chatham House in London.

The WA Branch has maintained a steady membership, including many prominent West Australian and national leaders. Successive State Governors have served as the Branch's Official Visitor. The aim of the institute is to be an independent and non-political body that facilitates and encourages the study and debate of international questions.

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