Muhyiddin to meet UK captains of industry during London visit


KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is scheduled to chair a roundtable meeting with captains of industry in the United Kingdom (UK) during his five-day working visit to London from Sunday.

Organised by the Malaysian High Commission, the session is aimed at promoting bilateral trade and attract British investment into Malaysia, while encouraging networking among businessmen, investors and entrepreneurs of both countries.

In a statement, the foreign ministry said Muhyiddin was scheduled to call on his counterpart, Nick Clegg, where they would have the opportunity to exchange views on bilateral relations, as well as regional and international issues of interest.

“Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has also been invited to deliver a keynote address at the annual dinner of the board of trustees of the Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies, in conjunction with the board’s annual meeting,” it said.

Arrangements have been made for Muhyiddin, who is education minister, to visit the Westminster Kingsway College in London so as to gain useful insight into UK’s technical and vocational education which Malaysia could learn from.

Muhyiddin will be accompanied by his wife, Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman, as well as officials from the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, foreign and education ministries, and several government agencies.

“His visit comes on the heels of the successful working visit of the prime minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) to London in early July,” the statement said, noting that bilateral relations were currently at its peak.

“The deputy prime minister’s visit will add to the momentum in political interactions and high-level exchange of visits between Malaysia and the United Kingdom over the past three years,” said the foreign ministry.

Muhyiddin’s visit to London is also timed to coincide with the Merdeka month and in this regard, he is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the Merdeka Forum 2013, an annual event organised by the high commission to celebrate the National Day.

The statement said the forum would be attended by Malaysian students and professionals residing in the UK.

In addition, Muhyiddin is due to meet the Malaysian community at a dinner as part of the government’s continuous efforts to engage Malaysians living overseas, particularly in reaching out to the younger generation, it added. — Bernama