Speaking to Malaysian media at the New Otani Hotel at the end of the The Asean-Japan Commemorative Summit to mark the 40th anniversary of the Asean-Japan Dialogue relations in Tokyo today, the Prime Minister said strengthening of rules and norms allowed for transparency and predictability which in turn promoted strategic trust.
Najib made this proposal as well other important points in his intervention at the summit attended by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other Asean leaders.
"I mentioned the importance of institutional building to strengthen Asean... you need to strengthen this... rule-based and that includes the rule of law... that has to be the basis of problem solving within Asean," said Najib, who has been here since Thursday for a working visit in conjunction with the one-day summit.
Najib said he also proposed that the collaboration between Asean and Japan must go beyond promoting common interest alone.
"I mentioned the need for us to look at common values, not only common interests," he said.
Najib said to do so, they must first begin to identify what these values were, adding that he believed that moderation was one example.
The Malaysian premier said that he had also mentioned about the Fukuda Doctrine where he looked back at the history of the doctrine.
"The fact Japan's subsequent governments continue to commit themselves to the commitment made by Fukuda at a time when people could not imagine Asean as a force like today... today Japan is first the dialogue partner and contributes much to the growth of Asean. That itself is significant," he said.
The Fukuda Doctrine, based on the pledges made by the then Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda, had been the official blueprint to Japan’s foreign policy towards Southeast Asia since 1977.
In his pledges to the leaders and peoples of Asean in August 1977 in Manila, among others he pledged that Japan would always be with Asean as good partners, walking hand in hand with the regional grouping and the region.
Najib said he also mentioned about Japan's plan to turn the Malaysia-Japan International Institute for Technology (MJIIT) into a technological education hub for Asean as well Japan's offer to provide scholarships to Asean students. - Bernama, December 14, 2013.