MALACCA: MCA will help ensure that all races benefit from China’s huge investment in the Malacca Gateway project.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said contractors and suppliers who were competent will enjoy the business opportunities.
“I am sure the state agencies on the investment committee in the project will distribute the opportunities equally.
“At the end of the day, competency, experience and knowledge – and not ethnicity – will be taken into account for those companies bidding for projects categorised as foreign direct investment,” he said after closing the Pasir Gudang MCA leadership training at a resort in Alor Gajah yesterday.
Dr Wee noted that there was a mechanism set up by the state government to ensure that only competent contractors get the jobs.
“There is no worry of one race monopolising all the opportunities available in the mega project,” he added.
On Sept 1, KAJ Development Sdn Bhd, the master developer of Malacca Gateway, signed a memorandum of agreement with Powerchina International Group Ltd for a RM30bil joint investment to build and develop three islands that were earmarked for various tourism, commercial, property and maritime projects.
On another matter, Dr Wee said the involvement of foreign students in vice activities had grabbed the Cabinet’s attention.
He said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh had raised the matter at Cabinet meetings several times and vowed to act against the colleges if they fail to act.
“The Cabinet views such immoral activities very seriously and I am sure the minister has a plan to tackle this.
“Misusing study visas for illicit acts is a serious offence,” he added.
He was commenting on The Star report on Saturday about college girls, mostly foreigners, allegedly being involved in the flesh trade and offering their services through social media.
He later urged MCA leaders to keep up with technology and to actively engage and serve the grassroots.