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On behalf of the Government of Malaysia, I wish to thank the United Nations Country Team in Malaysia for organising this ‘High-Level Closed- Door Dialogue on Religion and Human Rights in the New Malaysia’. This dialogue is important and timely given the new political landscape of the country following the recent general election which has led to the establishment of a new government for the first time ever in the country’s history. The new government is paving the way for changes that are needed to steer this nation onto the right course – a course that will not only rectify the financial situation of the country but also to bring about sustainable development that focuses on economic growth as well as social justice. Even before coming into power, we realise that economic prosperity alone, without giving priority to the social dimension of development, will not serve in the best interest of the people. The Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) therefore, provide an excellent action plan for development that balances the economic with the social and environmental pillars of development.