On 24 September 2017, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato' Sri Anifah Haji Aman held a dialogue with fellow Malaysians on Transformasi Nasional 2050 (TN50) in New York City. It was the third event on TN50 by the Minister involving Malaysians abroad, with the first being held in London, United Kingdom on 7 July 2017 followed by Manila, the Philippines on 5 August 2017.

The TN50 initiative, which was launched by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak last January aims to set the national development agenda and trajectory for the next 30 years, post-2020. The TN50 process is inclusive and progressive, driven by clear targets and timelines to be collectively determined through a 'bottom-up' approach.

As the custodian of Malaysia's foreign policy, the Ministry has a unique role to play not just in supporting the TN50 process, but also in spearheading efforts to engage with Malaysians abroad and in contributing towards shaping the aspirations for Malaysia's conduct of international relations over the next 30 years.

Against this background, the inaugural dialogue in New York was held in the spirit of TN50's 'bottom-up' approach which calls for broad-based and inclusive engagement. The event was warmly received and attended by more than 100 Malaysians currently residing in the United States of America. Participants engaged in a robust discussion and shared their aspirations for Malaysia's future with the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In sharing their aspirations, participants highlighted the importance of education empowerment and talent development for the younger generation in preparing Malaysia to face future challenges. The participants also expressed their hope for a greater Malaysia that all Malaysians can be proud of in the future. The issue of future employment opportunities in the country was also one of the main concerns raised by the participants.

The Ministry, together with the TN50 Special Unit, EPU, is also organising a TN50 photo contest with the theme My Aspiration, My Future. The contest, which is open to all Malaysian nationals currently residing abroad runs from 7 July to 31 October 2017. Its aim is to encourage Malaysians abroad to express their aspirations for Malaysia in 2050 by sharing their photos on Instagram and Twitter.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia