SEVERAL industry leaders from northern Malaysia had a memorable experience representing the country at China’s 70th National Day celebration in Beijing.
Penang Chinese Town Hall chairman Datuk Seri Khor Teng How said he was awed by the huge amount of talent utilised to ensure the event’s success.
“The National Day gala in the evening was filled with a variety of performances and a fireworks display.
“The performances, especially the ones coordinated by iconic director Zhang Yimou, were terrific.
“I was also amazed by the army marching protocol and the military weapons displayed at the grand parade.
“I felt like an ant surrounded by so many people at the celebration, ” he said at a post reception at the Consulate General of China in Penang.
Khor said he hoped that more Malaysian youths would visit China to experience the culture there.
“It is important to maintain ties between both countries via cultural exchange programmes, ” he said.
Kedah Chinese Assembly Hall president Datuk Cheng Lai Hock said he walked over 20,000 steps to attend the grand celebration in Beijing.
“We had to walk for around 50 minutes just to get to Tiananmen Square to enjoy the different performances in the morning and at night.
“I was also impressed by the tight security at the different checkpoints.
“We were given a tag before attending the celebration and when we walked through the counters, our faces were shown on a screen for identification, ” he said, adding that he felt inspired after the trip.
Kedah Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Datuk Tang Eng Kiang recalled learning more about the history and development of China at an exhibition centre there.
“China is now highly advanced in terms of technology, culture, education and economy.
“I was awed by the rapid evolution of China, ” he shared.
Tang said education and travel would be key to exposing China to the younger generation in Malaysia.
“China is indeed a great market for us to explore, ” he said.
Tang also said he was happy to see China being a united country despite having 56 different races among a population of almost 1.4 billion people.
“Although they come from different religions, backgrounds and speak different languages, they live together peacefully.
“I hope that leaders in Malaysia can learn from them and focus on the economy instead of merely talking politics most of the time.
“It is time for us to strengthen our interracial ties, ” he added.
China’s consul-general to Penang Lu Shiwei said he invited diplomats to follow the Beijing celebrations via live telecast in Penang.
“I felt proud seeing the rapid development from the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 till this day.
“The development in China today is due to the hard work, sacrifices and wisdom of the previous generations, ” he said.
Lu added that the trade war between the US and China encouraged China to develop faster due to the pressure faced by the nation.
“Our internal economy has increased overall to sustain China’s entire economic eco-system.
“The middle-class group, which is made up of more than 400 million people, has the highest buying power in China.
“There is a market among the internal economy itself.
“It is also one of China’s wishes to eradicate poverty by 2020, ” he said.
To increase the exposure of Malaysian youths to Chinese culture, Lu said he would soon organise trips for them.
“The young people should explore China to clear any misconceptions they have of the country.
“We hope that the Chinese organisations in Penang can give us their support, ” he said.
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