Malaysia seeks BRICS membership

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim says the rise of BRICS has offered hope of checks and balances in the world. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, June 18, 2024.

MALAYSIA will apply for membership in the BRICS group, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said today.

In an interview with the Chinese news outlet Guancha on Sunday, Anwar said Malaysia will begin the formal application process shortly.

“We have made our policy clear and we have made our decision. We will start the formal process soon. We are waiting for the final result and the feedback from the South African government,“ he was quoted as saying, reports Bernama.

He said Malaysia’s potential membership in BRICS holds strategic importance because of its location along the Malacca Strait, an important shipping route linking the Pacific and Indian Oceans between the country and Indonesia’s Sumatra island.

BRICS, founded in 2006, was originally made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. In January, the organisation admitted Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates as new members.

Earlier this month, Russian ambassador to China Igor Morgulov said about 30 countries, including Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam, have expressed interest in joining BRICS/

Anwar said he had raised the subject during a recent meeting with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

“The West wants to control the discourse in the world, but we can no longer accept it because they are no longer a colonial power and independent countries should be free to express themselves.

“The world is no longer unipolar, and the rise of BRICS and China has offered a glimmer of hope that there are checks and balances in the world,“ he said.

The BRICS 2024 summit is scheduled for October in Kazan, Russia. Moscow has led the organisation since January. – June 18, 2024.

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