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Malaysia

State with nuclear-free security policy

Malaysia is a state party to the TPNW from 22 January 2021 and is in compliance with all of the prohibitions in Article 1 of the Treaty.

TPNW status
Signed (20 Sep 2017) and ratified (30 Sep 2020)
Compliance with prohibitions in TPNW Article 1(1)
Art 1(1)(a) Develop, produce, manufacture, acquire Compliant
Test Compliant
Possess or stockpile Compliant
Art 1(1)(b) Transfer Compliant
Art 1(1)(c) Receive transfer or control Compliant
Art 1(1)(d) Use Compliant
Threaten to use Compliant
Art 1(1)(e) Assist, encourage or induce Compliant
Art 1(1)(f) Seek or receive assistance Compliant
Art 1(1)(g) Allow stationing, installation, deployment Compliant
TPNW voting and participation
Vote on negotiation mandate (A/RES/71/258) Voted yes
Participated in treaty negotiations (% women) Yes (40%)
Vote on adoption of treaty text Voted yes
Last vote on UNGA resolution Voted yes
Fissile material
Fissile material production facilities No
Highly enriched uranium stocks No
Plutonium stocks (military/civilian) No/No
Related treaties and regimes
Party to the NPT Yes
Party to a NWFZ Yes (Bangkok)
Ratified the CTBT Yes
Party to the PTBT Yes
Member of the CD Yes
IAEA CSA in force Yes
IAEA AP in force No (Signed 2005)
Party to the CWC Yes
Party to the BWC Yes

Latest developments

On the occasion of Malaysia's ratification of the TPNW on 30 September 2020, the country's Foreign Minister, Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, stated: 'The coming entry into force of the TPNW complements international law, and reinforces that nuclear weapons are unacceptable, should not be used, should not be threatened to be used, and need to be discarded and destroyed as soon as possible. The TPNW further changes the nuclear disarmament discourse – from that dominated by the nuclear weapons and nuclear-armed States, to that which is more democratic, equitable, and where all countries have a voice.' At the 2020 UN General Assembly's High-Level Plenary Meeting to Commemorate and Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, he said: 'Security for all can only be guaranteed by the total elimination of nuclear weapons. International law and multilateral approaches to disarmament need to be strengthened.' See: bit.ly/39Mj7sX, bit.ly/2UZoeNC.

Recommendations

  • Malaysia should encourage other states to adhere to the TPNW.
  • Malaysia should ensure that all the TPNW obligations are implemented domestically, through legal, administrative, and other necessary measures.
  • Malaysia should bring into force its Additional Protocol (AP) with the IAEA.
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