Coronavirus: Asia Should Fill Leadership Vacuum in Post-Pandemic World, Malaysia’s Muhyiddin Says



Bhavan Jaipragas | SCMP

With Covid-19 throwing a spotlight on the deep flaws in global governance in areas from trade to public health and patent protection, Asian countries should take the lead in rebuilding new mechanisms for the post-pandemic era, regional leaders told an annual conference on Thursday.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was among the speakers at the Nikkei Future of Asia conference who urged regional counterparts to reimagine and then take action to build a new global order that would cast aside increasingly pervasive nationalism and isolationism.

The Malaysian leader said the vacuum in global leadership offered an opportunity for Asian nations given that “there can be no recovery without an Asian recovery”.

“If Asia chooses to use our upcoming status and influence to raise our voices on behalf of those countries who have no voice, if we choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless, this will not be a mere restart of the Asian economic century, but an enlightened Asian millennium,” Muhyiddin said. 

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