October 01, 2002

Unity In Diversity Impresses Irish President

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 (Bernama) -- The peaceful co-existence of people of various races and religions in Malaysia has impressed visiting Irish President Mary McAleese.
McAleese, who is on a four-day state visit, said although she had been here for only a short time, she had noticed this "most compelling aspect of Malaysia".
"...the most compelling aspect of Malaysia, that is its unmistakable diversity...different races, religions and languages are reconciled here. That is truly, truly impressive. That is an important message that I will carry home with me," she said at a reception for the Irish community and friends of Ireland here tonight.
McAleese was accompanied by her husband Dr Martin McAleese.
Also present were National Unity and Social Development Minister Datuk Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman, who is the minister-in-attendance, Ireland's Minister of Education and Science Noel Dempsey, Irish Ambassador to Malaysia Daniel Mulhall and Malaysian Ambassador to Ireland Datuk Ali Abdullah.
McAleese, who is leading a 55-member delegation, will leave for Penang tomorrow before returning to Dublin from there.

Sunday, September 29, 2002

Irish head of state on historic visit

McAlesse ... was elected Irish President in Nov 1997.
KUALA LUMPUR: Irish president Mary McAleese arrives here today for a historic three-day state visit.

It will be the first state visit to Malaysia and the region by an Irish president.

Irish ambassador to Malaysia Daniel Mulhall said the visit would mark a milestone in Irish-Malaysian relations.

McAleese, 51, who will be accompanied by her husband Dr Martin McAleese, was elected Irish President in Nov 1997.

She will meet Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid, and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Datin Seri Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamed Ali.