The Embassy of Malaysia in Berlin
Address: Klingelhoefer Strasse 6, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0) 30 88 57 49-0
Fax: +49-(0) 30-88 57 49 50
+49-(0) 30-88 57 49 55
Amb. Sarah Al Bakri Devadason
Ambassador Sarah Al Bakri Devadason received her letter of credence from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V on 17 August 2017. She is a career diplomat who joined the Malaysian Administrative and Diplomatic Service in March 1994. She read law and graduated with LLB (Hons.) from the University of Malaya. She was admitted to the Malaysian Bar (Roll of Advocates and Solicitors) before the High Court of Malaya in Peninsular Malaysia in 1994.
Prior to joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wisma Putra), she had served at Malaysia Airlines and the Ministry of Defence. Since joining Wisma Putra in 1996, she has been assigned to its ASEAN Department, Territorial and Maritime Affairs Division, Adjudication and Arbitration Division and Policy Planning and Strategy Department. Prior to the current assignment, she was Undersecretary of the Human Rights and Humanities Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Her foreign assignments have been as Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations in New York (2001 – 2004), as well as Minister Counsellor and subsequently, Deputy Permanent Representative of Malaysia to ASEAN in Jakarta (2010 – 2013).
Married to Syed Mohamad Hasrin Tengku Hussin, a fellow diplomat, Sarah is blessed with five sons.
Political relations between Malaysia and Germany are based principally on the two countries’ intensive economic relations. Germany sees Malaysia as an important and stable partner in Southeast Asia and a leading member of ASEAN, and also as a prominent, moderate representative of the Islamic world. Germany acknowledges Malaysia’s role within the United Nations and its conciliatory regional stability policy (southern Thailand, southern Philippines, and South China Sea). Federal Chancellor Merkel met for the first time with the current Malaysian Prime Minister Najib (in office since April 2009) on the sidelines of the Washington Nuclear Security Summit in April 2010. She met with him again on the sidelines of the ASEM Summit in Brussels in September 2010 and most recently at the ASEM Summit in October 2014. Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier met with his Malaysian counterpart Anifah most recently in June 2015 in Berlin.
Economic relations between Germany and Malaysia have for many years been very close and are an essential element in the good relationship between the two countries. The visit to Kuala Lumpur by Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Zypries in October 2015 has helped to further cement economic relations between the two countries. Joint bodies and institutions include the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (established in 1992) and the German-Malaysian Institute, which is engaged in vocational training.
The principal economic accords between the two countries are the agreement on investment promotion and protection (1960), the air transport agreement (1968), the double taxation agreement (2010) and, at regional level, the cooperation agreement between the European Community and ASEAN (1980). The EU and Malaysia commenced negotiations on a free trade agreement in 2010.
Cultural cooperation between the two countries focuses on education and language work. Nearly 650 people are enrolled in the Goethe Institute Malaysia’s language courses. The Malaysian-German Society in Penang also offers German language courses.