The annual conference of the ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) Foreign Ministers opened in Malaysia's Cameron Highlands North-west of Kuala Lumpur, today (Tuesday).
LS Sign - ASEAN Ministerial Conference
CU Sign ASEAN Green
MCU Rajaratnam, Malik and Romulo on green (left to right)
MS Rajaratnam, Malik, Romulo, Razak, Koman
MLS Tunku cuts ribbon pan to group
MCU Koman & Tunku pan to Romulo clapping
LS Group on green
MS Tunku hits ball
MCU Malik looking on
MS Koman hits ball & then Raja (two shots)
MS Malik putts
MLS Romulo putts
MS Rajaratnam putts (two shots)
MCU Tunku putts
MLS Koman tees off - zoom out
LS Razak tees off
CU Tunku on green
MS Group on green
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Background: The annual conference of the ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) Foreign Ministers opened in Malaysia's Cameron Highlands North-west of Kuala Lumpur, today (Tuesday).
The ASEAN members are Malaysia (represented at the conference by the Director of the National Operations Council, Tun Abdul Razak), Singapore (Foreign Minister S. Rajaratnam), the Philippines (Foreign Minister Carlos Romulo), Thailand (Foreign Minister Thanat Khoman) and Indonesian (Foreign Minister Adam Malik). Laos and South Vietnam have sent observers.
Despite rain, the ministers played a round of golf - many of them demonstrating that their skill and experience as politician and diplomat are not necessarily the same on the golf course. In fact, it was non-golfers like Mr. Rajaratnam and Mr. Romulo who looked the least amateurish. There was plenty of room for improvement all round.
Improvement was the keynote of the Tunku's speech. He hoped that the conference would lead to a stronger, closer and happier ASEAN. For a start, he announced the resumption of diplomatic ties between Malaysia and the Philippines which had been broken off over the Sabah dispute.