Our planned farewell luncheon today to honor the Malaysian Consul-General here would not push through.
The senior member of the consular association in southern Mindanao, Japanese Consul-General Hiroshi Mitsuya, had to suddenly fly home to attend the burial of his father who passed away January 10.
Malaysian Consul-General Nik Mustafa Kamal was recently promoted to the rank of Ambassador and would report to his new post in Africa. He was among those seated at the front row yesterday at the lecture of Prof. Jose Ramos-Horta, president of Timor Leste and Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1996, at the Ateneo de Davao University.
Consul, errr, Ambassador Nik Mustafa Kamal served here well during his short stint pushing to strengthen the bilateral ties between Malaysia and the Philippines. Among his tough tasks was coordinating the Malaysian contribution to the International Monitoring Team overseeing the Mindanao peace process.
The consular association here also includes the Consul-General of Indonesia and Honorary Consuls of the Czech Republic, Spain, Palau, and Papua New Guinea.
Congratulations and adieu to Ambassador Nik Mustafa Kamal and condolence to Consul-General Mitsuya.