Dato' Ho May Yong has signed her Hand Over Note as the Deputy Secretary General for Multilateral Affairs today here in Wisma Putra. The signing session marks the completion of her illustrious career with the Ministry spanning more than three (3) decades since 1984.
Dato' Ho May Yong began her career as a Malaysian Administrative and Diplomatic Officer in 1984 upon graduation from National University of Malaysia. She had served in United Kingdom and Australia during the early part of her diplomatic career. She also served as the Special Officer to former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi from 2003 to 2009.
Dato' Ho became the Ambassador of Malaysia to the Swiss Confederation from 2010 to 2013 with concurrent accreditation to Liechtenstein and Holy See. She then returned to the headquarters and was appointed as the Deputy Secretary General for Multilateral Affairs. She had successfully led the Department of Multilateral Affairs during Malaysia's Non-Permanent Membership of the United Nations Security Council from 2015 to 2016, among others.
On a different note, Dato' Kennedy Jawan will succeed Dato' Ho as the new Deputy Secretary General for Multilateral Affairs. He will be the first Sarawakian to hold the top executive post in the Ministry.
Dato' Kennedy began his career as a Malaysian Administrative and Diplomatic Officer in 1988. He had served in different countries including Japan, Myanmar and United States during the early part of his diplomatic career. Dato' Kennedy's first ambassadorial post was as the High Commissioner of Malaysia to South Africa from 2008 to 2014. He then served as the Ambassador of Malaysia to Spain from 2014 to 2017. Dato' Kennedy then returned to the headquarters and was appointed as the Undersecretary of Americas Division.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia