MANDARIN and English-speaking Malaysians are in high demand in China’s employment market.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said living in a multi-ethnic country helps Malaysians to adapt easily in other countries.
They could also fit easily into the working environment, he added.
“Chinese entrepreneurs think highly of Chinese school students from Malaysia and will give priority to them (during job interviews),” he said, adding this was the feedback from bosses of big companies such as Huawei Technologies.
He said MCA would continue to fight for the development of Chinese education and keep pushing for the recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) test taken by students from Chinese independent schools.
“Chinese education is to stay and grow in Malaysia,” he said at a fundraising dinner of Chong Hwa Independent High School (Chong Hwa KL) in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
The event was held to raise funds for the construction of a RM47mil multi-purpose building for the school.
MCA has pledged RM1mil to the cause.
Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang also gave his assurance to students from the Chinese independent schools and encouraged them to further their studies in China.
“UEC is well-accepted and recognised in China.
“Our universities will always open their doors for you,” he added.
Dr Huang said he was impressed with the standard and quality of Chinese education in Malaysia, saying it had the most comprehensive system in non-Chinese dominated countries.
He also respected the efforts and initiatives taken by the local Chinese community in preserving the mother-tongue language, Chinese culture and traditions.
Chong Hwa KL Board of Governors chairman Datuk Seri Lim Keng Cheng said the current facilities could no longer cope with the rising number of students.
The school has more than 5,000 students now, he added.
“The additional building and facilities, which costs an estimated RM47mil, will surely improve the learning and teaching atmosphere,” he said.
The 11-storey Chong Hwa Complex is expected to be completed in 2019, in conjunction with the school’s 100th anniversary.
It will house a lecture hall, a performance theatre, archive and information rooms, a library and administration office.