Multi-lingualism an edge for Malaysians


  • Nation
  • Friday, 01 Aug 2003

From the Chinese Press

BEING multi-lingual gives Malaysian Chinese a winning edge over their counterparts in other countries, reported Nanyang Siang Pau. 

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said local Chinese had the ability to speak fluent Mandarin, English, Malay as well as other Chinese dialects. 

She said many foreign companies had set up headquarters or branches in Malaysia as they found it easier to employ workers who could suit their language requirements. 

Speaking at a press conference after a dialogue with delegation leaders of the 7th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention, Dr Ng said the language advantages possessed by Malaysian Chinese could also help attract investors from China into the country. 

 

The daily also quoted Malaysian Ambassador to China, Datuk Abdul Majid Ahmad Khan, as saying that he would guarantee speedy visa approvals for businessmen from China. 

 

He said the visa applications would be approved in one or two days. 

In cases of emergencies, he said the approval would be given within a few hours. 

 

He said this was to encourage and attract businessmen from China to invest in Malaysia. 

Both Nanyang Siang Pau and China Press reported the case of a youth from Lukut who was issued with a Mykad that stated his gender as “female.”  

 

Wong Choon Lek, 18, however, said the glaring mistake first surfaced when he applied for his identity card on reaching the age of 12. 

 

“I had informed an officer at the National Registration Department about this when I applied for Mykad but the National Registration Department (NRD) did not rectify the mistake,” he said.  

 

He added that he would make a fresh application to avoid any confusion of mistaken identity in the future.  

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