Ong: China excellent for business

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 31 Jul 2003

MALAYSIANS have been advised to start business ventures in China which, according to Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, provides a big market as well as business opportunities. 

Local businessmen should grab these opportunities, the Sin Chew Daily quoted him as saying at the 7th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention on Tuesday.  

“Malaysia has always seen China as a good friend and neighbour. The Prime Minister had expressed a very clear stand on this,” the Sin Chew Daily quoted him as saying, in reference to the keynote address by Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he opened the three-day convention. 

The daily also reported that the foreign delegates were amazed with the buildings and landscaping in Malaysia and that Bak Kut Teh was the favourite food among the delegates from China. 

Sin Chew Daily and China Press reported on the brisk sales of the Chinese version of the booklet, Water: The Singapore-Malaysia Dispute, The Facts, which hit the streets on Tuesday. 

A spokesman from the Kinokuniya bookstore at the KLCC was quoted as telling Sin Chew Daily that the response from the public was good. 

On another matter, the daily and Nanyang Siang Pau reported that 10 Chinese schools, which had been relocated to new sites, have started operations. 

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Hon Choon Kim was quoted in the papers as saying that the affected schools were in Kedah, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Negri Sembilan and Sarawak. 

Hon said construction works had started at 12 other sites for more relocations. 

He also said the Government had yet to decide the language to use in Chinese primary school examinations for Mathematic and Science after 2008. 

“The examinations for Mathematics and Science subjects before 2008 will still be conducted in Chinese in these schools,” he said. 

The Guang Ming Daily reported that illegal worker Tan See Fieck had turned herself in to the immigration department in Japan. 

The department had ordered Tan, who had acute diabetes, to leave Japan by today (July 31) or she would be detained. Tan, who holds a Malaysian red identity card, had overstayed in Japan for five years.  

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