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WHO Representative Office in Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore

Malaysia joined WHO on 24 April 1958 as the Federation of Malaya, after obtaining its independence the previous year. In 1963, Malaysia was formed with Singapore, North Borneo and Sarawak. In 1965, Singapore left this union and became an independent state.

Brunei Darussalam was under the rule of the United Kingdom before joining WHO in May 1953. At the Sixth World Health Assembly, Brunei Darussalam was assigned to the Western Pacific Region as an area, ''without prejudice to any questions regarding sovereignty''. On 1 January 1984, it gained its full independence and sovereignty, and on 25 March 1985, Brunei Darussalam joined WHO as a Member State.

In May 1953, Singapore was assigned to the Western Pacific Region at the Sixth World Health Assembly ''without prejudice to any questions regarding sovereignty'' as an area. Although Singapore was technically a member of WHO while at the same time belonging to the Federation of Malaya, it became an independent sovereign state on 9 August 1965 and joined WHO in its own right on 25 February 1966.

The WHO Representative Office in Singapore was established in May 1956 and covered Singapore, the Federation of Malaya, the Borneo territories and certain islands in the South Pacific. It covered Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Singapore since the WHO Representative Office in the South Pacific was established in 1959 in Sydney, Australia. In 1964, the Singapore Office was transferred to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Since then it has covered Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Singapore.

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WHO Representative in Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore : Harrison, Dr Graham