Australian High Commission

June 2017

In the month of May, we launched our Australian Food Trail, a campaign that brought Australian and Malaysian cuisines together to highlight the rich cultural diversity that is such a characteristic part of both countries. We partnered with 14 restaurants from Kuching to Langkawi to celebrate our connections through food, as well as to promote the excellent quality of Australian produce, service and café culture – some of which can be experienced right here in Malaysia at some very fine establishments.

We also hosted recently award winning Australian journalist Peter Greste. His visit to Kuala Lumpur was part of our efforts to promote the values of freedom of the press and expression, which are essential for thriving democratic societies. Mr Greste received world-wide attention when he spent 400 days in Egyptian prison on charges of supporting terrorism while covering the Arab Spring in 2013. In a number of public events, Mr Greste reflected on his personal experiences of being a foreign correspondent and the challenges that modern media face in a more digitally connected world.

The holy month of Ramadan is a time for all Muslims around the world to reflect on their faith and their communities. It is a time for friendship and solidarity, to build bridges across divides and to bring people of all backgrounds and religions together. In this spirit, I would like to wish all our Malaysian friends a safe and joyful month of fasting and prayer. Ramadan Kareem and Selamat Hari Raya to all.

Rod Smith
Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia