Strong Malaysia-China ties will bring mutual benefits
by Karen Bong, firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted on August 2, 2012, Thursday
KOTA KINABALU: Preserving and strengthening friendship and diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China will benefit both nations and South East Asia immensely.
Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai said this was a realistic expectation because China had developed to become the world’s second largest economy and the biggest import country in the world.
“I think the diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China will be further strengthened through cultural exchanges among the people and trading activities,” he said at a reception organised for delegates of the China-Malaysia Youth Exchange Visit 2012 here on Tuesday.
Seventy-six youths and six officials from Fuzhou, led by Yu Anming, the vice chairman cum secretary-general of Returned Overseas Chinese Federation of Fuzhou, China, were here for the exchange visit which was organised by the KTS Group of Companies as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.
Yee commended KTS for organising the programme, adding that “interactions among the people were more effective than between officers of both nations in strengthening diplomatic ties.”
Meanwhile, Yu also applauded KTS Group for putting much emphasis on the development of youths by having this exchange visit.
“The decision of the KTS Group to organise this visit to promote entrepreneurship is a corporate social responsibility that is rarely seen.”
Meanwhile, the Chinese visitors were also treated to a traditional cultural performance which highlighted the many aspects of Sabah’s many ethnic groups.
They seemed dazzled by the colourful dances, songs and instrumental music by an ensemble.
In return, five Fuzhou beauties sang two songs on stage to express their appreciation to all, especially KTS, for the wonderful opportunity to visit Malaysia.
Among those present were KTS Group deputy managing director Temenggong Vincent Lau Lee Ming, Assistant Minister in the Sabah Chief Minister Office Datuk Edward Khoo Keok Hai, Tanjung Kapor assemblyman Datuk Teo Chee Kang, Sabah United Chinese Chamber Of Commerce (SUCCC) president Datuk Seri Panglima Gan Sau Wah JP, Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce Sabah branch president Datuk Lau Kok Sing, Federation of Hokien Associations Sabah and FT Labuan president Datuk TC Goh, Kota Kinabalu Hakka Association president Datuk Jimmy Yong Kyok Ming and KTS Sabah area general operations manager Ngu Ngiong Hieng.