New British High Commissioner to Malaysia appointed

Veena Babulal and Siti Nur Mas Erah Amran

KUALA LUMPUR: The British government has appointed Charles Hay as its new High Commissioner to Malaysia.

He is set to take over from Vicki Treadell in April next year.

"Charles Hay has been appointed British High Commissioner to Malaysia in succession to Vicki Treadell. Hay will take up his appointment in April 2019," the high commission, tweeted here today.

Hay’s had earlier served as the crown’s ambassador in South Korea from 2015 to March this year.

Treadell, who has been the mission head in Malaysia since 2014, was born in Ipoh, Perak to a Chinese mother and a father of French-Dutch ancestry.

Highlights of Treadell’s time in Malaysia include the rendang crispy Masterchef UK furore earlier this year where the latter schooled the chefs involved for their blunder.

She had also served as British High Commissioner to New Zealand and Samoa, and Governor of the Pitcairn Islands. Treadell was also the first British female ambassador to be made head of mission in New Zealand.

Before her posting to New Zealand, she had held postings in Pakistan, India and Malaysia. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd