‘Preserve China-Malaysia Chinese ties’
by Karen Bong, email@example.com. Posted on August 5, 2012, Sunday
KUCHING: The strong ties between the Chinese community in China and Malaysia must be preserved and passed on to future generations.
Deputy managing director of KTS Group of Companies, Stephen Lau, said this in his brief speech yesterday to welcome the 76 youths and six officials from Fuzhou, China, who are in Malaysia for an exchange visit arranged by KTS to commemorate its 50th anniversary celebrations.
Lau urged those present to grab the opportunity to expand on their common understanding so that their friendship and relationship could further blossom for many generations to come despite their great geographical distance.
“We want the link from generation to generation to be strengthened so that the Chinese community can continue to develop and prosper with stability.
“It is important to deepen people-to-people and cultural contacts as we can draw on each other’s strengths to progress.”
Lau hoped the group had enjoyed their stay in Malaysia and would bring good memories back home.
Meanwhile, the consul of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China here, Pi Qing, urged the Chinese visitors to absorb as much knowledge and experience as they could during this
cultural and educational exchange visit.
“Sarawak is a very vibrant place. With people from such a diverse backgrounds living together in one land, they continue to live in harmony and unity. This is one aspect we could learn from Malaysians.”
At the gathering, the Federation of Kuching and Samarahan Divisions Chinese Associations (Youth Section) chairman Tan Yit Sheng gave a brief presentation on the development of the Chinese community in Sarawak as well as an overview of Kuching city to the visitors.
Tan said they were one of the most active associations around, and were continually organising blood donation campaigns and fundraising activities for the benefit of the community.
“Besides that, we also hold various activities on every important Chinese festivity annually so that the younger generation would get to know their roots, cultures and traditions.”
The Chinese visitors then proceeded to watch a corporate video, tour KTS Gallery and visit the See Hua Daily News’ office.
They arrived here yesterday from Sibu and would wind up their visit to Malaysia tomorrow.