The 40th Anniversary of the Look East Policy – A conversation with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad

    The launching of the Look East Policy (LEP), a brainchild of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, marked a monumental shift in Malaysia’s economic, development and foreign policy. Japan embraced the LEP, and it eventually became the de facto symbol of Malaysia-Japan relations.

    However, is the rationale behind the formation of the LEP still relevant today?

    Join Tun Dr Mahathir and the Japanese Embassy in Malaysia to discuss the LEP’s legacy, and how stakeholders can re-energise, enhance and rejuvenate Malaysia-Japan relations to ensure it remains enduring and significant.


    Date18 May 2022
    Time10am (UTC+8)
    VenueISIS.Forum (Via Zoom Webinar)


    Welcoming remarks / Moderator:

    • Herizal Hazri
      Chief executive
      Institute of Strategic & International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia

    Opening remarks:

    • HE Takahashi Katsuhiko
      Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia

    Keynote Address Speaker:

    • YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
      Former Prime Minister of Malaysia


    • Satoru Kumagai
      Economic Geography Studies Group
      Institute of Development Economics (IDE-JETRO)

    Q&A Session

    Closing Remarks

    Recording of the event

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