PETALING JAYA - Malaysia's appointment as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council is a testament to the country's capabilities in the world stage, says MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He said the overwhelming support that Malaysia received from other UN members was a major success for the country.
"This is proof that the nation's efforts had gained recognition and support from the international community," he said in a statement yesterday.
Liow pointed out that Malaysia would be able to use the experience gained from its domestic policies to promote peace at the global stage.
"Our international policy has always been to embrace moderation, and we will spare no effort to attain world peace.
"We will work to resolve various conflicts through consensus, and will strive to curb religious and ethnic extremism," he added.
Liow said that as a tolerant country with a multi-cultural society, Malaysia had successfully harnessed its diversity to its advantage.
"Although we are a Muslim majority nation, yet we still uphold the principles of secularism and moderation," he added.
Liow also attributed Malaysia's success as a nation to its refusal to allow any form of religious or racial extremism to jeopardise harmony in the country.
"Now that we are a part of the UN Security Council, Malaysia stands to play a more active role in the international arena," he said.
Malaysia received 187 of the total 192 votes cast and will represent the Asia-Pacific region during the 2015-2016 term.
The last time Malaysia was elected to the council was for the 1999-2000 term when it took 174 of the 176 votes.