Former Malaysia Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin Re-elected to East-West Center Board of Governors
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HONOLULU (March 19) – The East-West Center’s Board of Governors has re-elected one of its members, the Hon. Tun Daim Zainuddin, to another three-year term. At a meeting on Feb. 29, the board members unanimously elected Daim to his third term on the board, which will extend until March 2011.

“I am very pleased to continue my service on the East-West Board of Governors,” said Daim, who served as Malaysia’s finance minister from 1984 to 1991. “To me, the Center is an excellent place where people come from all over the world to make important contributions, and I’m very happy to be part of it.”

Originally trained as a lawyer, Daim, 69, has headed many successful business ventures in manufacturing, land development and especially banking. In 1982, he was encouraged to run for the Malaysian Parliament by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed, who then appointed him minister of finance two years later. Since returning to the private sector in 1991, he has often been called upon to assist the government in finance matters.

The EWC Board of Governors consists of 18 members, including five appointed by the U.S. secretary of state, five appointed by the governor of Hawaii, five from Asia and the Pacific Islands who are elected by the full board, and three ex-officio members who include the governor of Hawaii, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, and the president of the University of Hawaii.

The EAST-WEST CENTER is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. The Center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the United States. Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations and the governments of the region.