Party matters: (From sixth left) Kuan, Dr Hou, Liow, Song, Dr Wee and other MCA and CPC members posing for a group photo in Beijing.
PETALING JAYA: MCA and the Communist Party of China (CPC) have agreed to cooperate in several education and cultural fields, including the exchange of research findings of their respective think tanks.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the agreements were reached after a high-level party delegation led by him met CPC’s International Liaison Department (Zhonglianbu) director Song Tao on Friday.
“Ahead of the Belt and Road international forum in Beijing, MCA and Zhonglianbu held a very positive meeting. We discussed several cooperation areas and the outcome is very encouraging,” he said in a statement here yesterday.
On education, Zhonglianbu had agreed to provide scholarships to Malaysian students seeking tertiary education in China and increase the scholarship quota.
“Minister Song also agreed to send education experts to Malaysia to provide training to our teachers in Chinese primary and secondary schools to raise their standard of teaching,” said Liow.
To help MCA speed up its plan to urbanise new villages, he said China would send experts to look at Malaysia’s urban and rural development and offer their opinion and help.
Both the Malaysian and Chinese groups also agreed to expand cooperation under the Belt and Road framework. The activities will include meetings by their think tanks to enhance the exchange of views and research findings.
Both sides will also carry out more cultural exchanges among cultural bodies and people.
Song, said Liow, had expressed his wish to see a united MCA and Chinese community in Malaysia, adding that the party was thankful to him for helping to foster a closer relationship between China and Malaysia.
Other MCA leaders present included deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, vice-president Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung and treasurer-general Tan Sri Kuan Peng Soon.
Later, Liow said Malaysia and China would strengthen cooperation in the field of transport infrastructure, with technology transfer and technical exchange set to boost the local transport sector.
Liow said a memorandum of understanding was signed yesterday with China’s Commerce Ministry at the Great Hall of the People, witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
“We talked about skills, technology as well as the exchange of ideas on improving transport infrastructure.
“The MoU means a lot to Malaysia because it will bring in advanced technology and skilled talents into our country,” he said.
Transport infrastructure included ports, airports, railway lines, Bus Rapid Transit and others, said Liow, adding that with improved infrastructure, e-commerce would grow.