Kuala Lumpur, 6 January 2020 – Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Datuk
Darell Leiking, on behalf of the Government of Malaysia as Host of APEC 2020, today
expresses his sympathy to Australia for the devastating bushfire incidence that is ravaging
the southeast part of the economy. His heartfelt sympathy is also extended to the people
and wildlife affected by the disaster.
Malaysia recognises that global climate change brings about effects that have resulted in
increased frequency, magnitude and scope of natural disasters like wildfires, earthquakes,
tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. Every economy has now become vulnerable to this
threat and we must therefore be prepared in managing the situation individually as an
economy and collectively as a region. These natural disasters present great challenges to
our global supply chain, affect people’s health and mobility as well as threaten the lives of
animals and endangered species.
As the host of APEC 2020, Malaysia stands by Australia in support of its efforts to fight the
wildfires and we pray that the situation will return to normalcy soon. We also call on all
APEC member economies to come together in support of similar efforts to better mitigate,
respond and recover from emergencies and natural disasters across our region.
Ministry of International Trade and Industry
6 January, 2020