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Oleh/By : DATO' SERI DR. MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD Tempat/Venue : PUTRA WORLD TRADE CENTRE, KUALA LUMPUR Tarikh/Date : 25/04/91 Tajuk/Title : THE INAUGURATION OF THE COMMONWEALTH DENTAL ASSOCIATION On behalf of the Malaysian Government, let me wish for- eign delegates "Selamat Datang" or welcome to Malaysia. I am pleased to be present here, at this inauguration of the Commonwealth Dental Association. I am proud that Malaysia has been chosen as the venue of this very auspicious occa- sion and feel honoured to be the Commonwealth Prime Minister to officiate at this inauguration. 2. Like the medical profession, dental practitioners make an important contribution towards uplifting the health of the community. In Malaysia, it is our intention to provide adequate dental health services to the people. This is in view of the realization that the well being of the people are very much dependent on their good health. With the im- provement in the living standard of the people, demand for better dental health care will also increase. To meet this growing demand, it is important that dental practitioners continually upgrade their professional services and keep abreast of the latest development in knowledge and technol- ogy in dentistry. 3. As knowledge in health and dentistry is ever increasing and changing, the role of this Commonwealth Dental Associ- ation is particularly significant in the area of continuing education. In this respect, an association such as this can provide the right forum for the exchange of information and experience amongst member countries. 4. In our effort to address the worldwide problems con- fronting oral health, we must remember that we are dealing with countries with different needs and different capabili- ties. For this reason, the objective of the coming together of the National Dental Associations of Commonwealth coun- tries in the establishment of this Commonwealth Dental Asso- ciation must be clearly defined, deliberated upon, documented and actively pursued. 5. The formation of this association should bring benefit not only to the more advanced countries with greater influ- ence, but equally so to the smaller nations striving to achieve a better standard of oral health for their coun- tries. The more than one billion population within the mem- ber countries must ultimately derive some benefit by the coming together of their National Dental Associations to form this Commonwealth Dental Association. Otherwise, this whole effort would not be worthwhile. 6. On this brief note, I now have the pleasure to declare that the Commonwealth Dental Association be officially inau- gurated.