THE People’s Republic of China has opened a consulate-general office in Penang, the third in Malaysia.
The two others are in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.
Chinese Ambassador to Malay-sia Dr Huang Huikang said the office would provide consular services to not only Penang but Kedah, Perak and Perlis as well.
He said the opening of the office was a symbol of the comprehensive and strategic partnership between China and Malaysia.
The office in Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman is headed by consul-general Wu Jun.
“The Chinese consul-general will provide efficient and sincere consular services to Chinese enterprises and citizens,” he said in his recent speech at St Giles Wembley Hotel.
Dr Huang said the office would promote exchanges and cooperation between China and the four northern Malaysian states in economic, cultural and other matters.
Foreign Ministry under-secretary for East Asia Division Datuk Ganeson Sivagurunathan said the office would strengthen Malaysia’s long-lasting relationship with China.
“We should not be contented with what we have achieved through this relationship but work harder for bilateral benefits,” he said.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Penang and China had a long history of working together.
“Penang is one of the global hubs for electronics and electrical manufacturing.
“The state also plays host to over 300 multinational companies.
“We attracted a lot of Chinese investors and China has also contributed to the infrastructure of the state,” he said.
Besides China, the other countries which have set up a con-sulate-general office in Penang are Japan, Indonesia and Thailand.