Association: PM's visit to China will boost MCKIP project

KUALA LUMPUR: The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia says the Prime Minister’s trip to China will provide a much-needed boost for the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP) project.

Its president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah said the leaders of both countries should sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration on the project.

“We need to do more to ensure that the project gets off the ground,’’ he added.

The 607ha MCKIP, the sister park of the China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park (QIP), is aimed at creating 8,500 jobs and providing significant employment opportunities in Malaysia.

Five agreements – worth RM10.5bil – were signed in February last year, among others, for the establishment of an integrated steel plant, an aluminium processing plant, palm oil refinery and expansion of the Kuantan Port.

Pheng, who will be part of the 200-over official Malaysian delegation to China spearheaded by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak from May 27 to June 1 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Malaysia’s diplomatic relations with China, said incentives should be offered to draw Chinese investors to the park.

He said the federation also would sign an MoU with China’s cultural organisations and the Culture Ministry on cultural exchange.

“This part involves cultural research and exchange of relics.

“We have so many historical sites and relics from Admiral Zheng He and Dr Sun Yat-Sen, and the story of Hang Li Po to offer for research purposes,” he said.

Malaysia-China Friendship Association (PPMC) president Datuk Abdul Majid Ahmad Khan said the association was all set to participate in the 40th anniversary celebrations in Beijing. The association, he said, would mark the anniversary with a big dinner.

“Apart from officials, community leaders and chiefs of related-organisations and China citizens who have studied or worked in Malaysia have been invited to the event,’’ he added.

He said the association had the responsibility to bring the people from both countries closer to promote better understanding and appreciation of each other.

“The relationship between Malaysia and China is built on trust,” stressed Majid, who is a former Malaysian ambassador to China.