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BANGKOK: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin arrived here for a three-day visit that is expected to boost the synergy between Malaysia and Thailand in the halal industry.
Muhyiddin’s visit aims to enhance the existing cooperating between the two countries in pushing halal goods as major global products.
Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand Datuk Nazirah Hussain said that while Thailand had a better capacity in producing halal products, it was Malaysia’s Religious Development Department’s (Jakim) halal brand that was recognised worldwide.
She said Malaysian producers of halal products should leverage on the good bilateral cooperation to improve their networking and products.
She was speaking to Malaysian reporters here ahead of Muhyiddin’s arrival yesterday.
Muhyiddin, who is accompanied by his wife Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman, is scheduled to visit the Chulalongkorn University’s Halal Science Centre today.
His delegation includes the mentris besar of Kedah and Perlis, Datuk Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir and Azlan Man respectively.
Kedah and Perlis, besides Kelantan, are the states that are actively cooperating with Thailand in the halal food industry.
On another matter, Nazirah said Muhyiddin’s visit was important to further improve the bilateral relations and trade cooperation between the two neighbours.
“Thailand is our fifth largest trading partner overall, and the second in Asean. Our trade with Thailand has seen a healthy upward trend and last year, the trade figure stood at US$24bil (RM72bil) – an increase of 5.4% from the previous year,” she said.
Malaysia’s trade with Thailand, apart from agricultural goods, mostly involved electric and electrical products, crude petroleum and chemical products.
During his visit, Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, is scheduled to hold discussions with Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Kittirat Na Ranong and Education Minister Jaturon Chaisaeng.
He would also pay a courtesy call on the Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, meet with Malaysians residing in Bangkok and attend a roundtable meeting with captains of industry from the two countries.
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