WASHINGTON DC, April 25 (Bernama) -- The effort to improve and strengthen Malaysia's relationship with the United States (US), which is also its fourth-largest trading partner, is among the main focus of Datuk Dr Awang Adek Husin as the new Malaysian Ambassador to the US.
Awang Adek, who is also Malaysia's former deputy finance minister, said active trade relations between industry players in the two countries would also be given more attention as it would boost the economic growth and create more jobs in the two countries.
He said the embassy would also "intensify efforts to provide explanations and answers to all the negative reports by western media about Malaysia's political situation, as well as issues related to the MH370 disappearance."
Speaking to Bernama at his office here on Wednesday, he said the issue of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, which involves 12 countries, including Malaysia, also required serious attention from him.
In fact, Awang Adek, said bigger responsibility awaited him as Malaysia was set to assume the Chairmanship of Asean next year.
Awang Adek is scheduled to meet with US President Barack Obama at the White House to present his instrument of appointment next month. Obama is scheduled to spend three days visiting Malaysia from Saturday as part of his Asia tour.
This will be the first official US President's visit to Malaysia after that of former President Lyndon Johnson 48 years ago.
Awang Adek, said since he arrived in the US two years ago, he had convened meetings with various quarters, including officials from the US Department of State, Congress, World Bank, Agriculture Department, Asean member-country envoys, businessmen and non-governmental organisations.
"I'm very grateful to our former ambassador, Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis, who introduced me to many of his contacts here so that we can maintain and strengthen our relationships," he said.
He said he would also visit several districts and meet with Malaysian students here in the very near future.
Awang Adek also said he would use his experiences as former lecturer, assistant governor of Bank Negara and chairman of Tenaga Nasional, to discharge his new duties as an ambassador.
Having graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematic and Economy from Drew University in New Jersey before obtaining his post-graduate degrees from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Awang Adek said his experience as a student in the US would give him the advantage to perform.
When asked whether he had ever expected the appointment, the father of five said: "It was suggested to me a few times before but I said no. To be an ambassador was the last thing on my mind.
"Then one day, I got a call from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. I told him I'm honoured (with the offer) and will discuss with my family first," he added.