PERAK should see more investments coming into the state with several trade agreements being put in place, Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI) President Datuk Liew Sew Yee says.
Liew said with concerted effort by both the public and private sectors, he firmly believes there will be opportunities for trade, investment, job creation, technology transfer, and economic growth.
Liew was referring to the Asean Economic Community (AEC), China’s “One Belt One Road” strategy, and the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
With such agreements, he said key players will have access to markets with 800 million people in the 12 TPPA member countries, 600 million within Asean, and 1.3 billion people in China.
However, he said, for this to happen, there is a need for a change in mindsets about customer service, innovation as well as competitiveness.
“Government agencies need to help businesses by improving on their delivery systems, cutting down compliance costs, improving infrastructure, and also creating a safe working and living environment.
“At the same time we will also like to appeal to businessmen in Perak to make the necessary mindset change to ensure that everyone enjoys a slice of the markets presented to them,” he said in his speech at the PCCCI Chinese New Year open house held at a hotel here last Tuesday.
The guest of honour for the event was Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.
Also present were International Trade and Industry Minister II Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, and several other dignitaries.
Some 120 children from several charitable organisations were also presented with ang pow.
Liew said there is so much for the key players to tap, as China is looking to set up operations in the country as a platform to produce products meant for export to the TPPA member countries.
He said China is looking at Malaysia as a platform to produce products for TPPA countries, and other TPPA member countries are expected to come to the country to invest in order to gain preferential access to other Asean countries.
On another note, Liew said Perak possesses an abundance of natural resources and conducive living conditions that many visitors admired.
“In order to preserve this, it is imperative to ensure political stability prevails, and hence political infighting should be done away with,” he added.
On a lighter note, Liew said come next year, , which is also Visit Perak Year, PCCCI will be celebrating its 110th anniversary.
Therefore, he said, PCCCI plans to organise a series of events in October to showcase the state’s history, culture, trade, tourism and other attractions.
“This will take place in the form of a carnival, and we will be having exhibitions, trade shows, seminars, sporting, cultural and charity events to promote Perak to both locals and foreigners,” he added.
Zambry in his speech said, he had always emphasised the importance of staying united to ensure peace and prosperity for the state continues to flourish.
He said, to run a government there is a need to have a system to bring everyone together.
“Achieving wealth is not worth much when it does not carry any meaning, and most importantly we must never see Perak descend into political paralysis,” he added.
Zambry said, over the years, both the state government and PCCCI have been able to work together as a team.
“Despite issues cropping up from time to time it does not mean that we are unable to solve it,” he added.