LENGGONG: Business-minded members of the Chinese community must team up with members of the other communities such as the Malays and the Indians if they want to excel in their undertakings, said MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.
He said this was important to enable them to fare well in the face of globalisation, which poses many challenges but at the same time opens up opportunities. Ong said such co-operation would enable Malaysians to expand their activities into new overseas markets.
Citing an example, he said China, a member of the World Trade Organisation had a large untapped market which Malaysian businessmen could exploit.
The Chinese in Malaysia must be the luckiest people in the world as they are well-versed not only in Mandarin but also in Bahasa Malaysia and English.
If the West prospers due to globalisation, we too can capitalise on it as English is an international medium of communication and Malay can be put to good use if one of our neighbouring countries also excelled under the new environment, he said at a dinner hosted by Chenderoh MCA division at SJK (C) Yeong Hwa here on Sunday.
Ong, who is also Housing and Local Government Minister and acting Transport Minister, attended the dinner function, the last itinerary in his visit to Kampung Baru Kota Tampan, where he grew up.
Ong, who was accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Wendy Ong, was later presented with a miniature gold-plated statue of a horse by Chenderoh MCA chairman Ng Tian Poh.