Johor Sultan wants China consulate office in the state

Sultan Ibrahim (left) with Bai Tian during a courtesy call at the Royal Polo Club at Istana Pasir Pelangi in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar wants China to open a consulate office here in view of Johor’s position as the magnet for Chinese investment into Malaysia.

He said a China mission in the state would not only serve to strengthen prevailing businesses, trade and investments links, but would provide value-added services to China nationals already working or doing business here.

Sultan Ibrahim said Johor’s progressive and pro-business policies attracted many China companies and individuals.

He said they did not only invest in the property sector, but also settled down with their families in Johor Baru and Iskandar Puteri.

Johor is also drawing tourists from mainland China in large numbers.

“Therefore, there is justification for China to open a consulate office in Johor Baru,” Sultan Ibrahim said during a courtesy call by Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian at the Royal Polo Club at Istana Pasir Pelangi here.

During the audience with Sultan Ibrahim, Bai Tian praised the Johor Ruler for his vision and foresight to push the state to greater heights of progress and development.

He said he was impressed with Johor’s international standing and reputation as a major business and investment destination.

Sultan Ibrahim’s firm and strong leadership of the state is commendable, especially his mission to forge greater bonds of unity, harmony and solidarity among all races living in Johor, he said.

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