Envoy: Good grasp of global languages will pay off


  • Nation
  • Monday, 16 Dec 2019

BEIJING: A good grasp of global languages such as English and Mandarin will help Malaysians better reap the rewards of globalisation, says Malaysian Ambassador to China Raja Datuk Nushirwan Zainal Abidin.

“I am happy to see more Malaysians of all races and religions either studying or doing business in China or visiting as tourists.

“I look forward to the day when all Malaysians will be able to converse fluently in Bahasa Malaysia, English and another global language, especially Mandarin.

“This will enable our country to better reap the rewards of globalisation, ” he said at a gala dinner to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Malaysia-China diplomatic relations here on Saturday.

Nushirwan also acknowledged that human interaction was the key to prosperous relations between the two nations.

He urged China to engage more with its neighbouring countries, especially in South-East Asia, to help them understand any concerns and sensitivities they might have about its rise.

“For Malaysia, we believe that China’s rise is inevitable and positive for us, the region and the world.

“In the rare moments that issues arise, we will resolve them in our usual mature and responsible manner, ” he added.

At the event organised by the Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China (Maycham China), some 300 guests were entertained by singer Masya Masyitah, a lion dance performance, a traditional Malay dance and a kung fu show presented by Malaysian students.The guests were also introduced to angklung, the traditional South-East Asian musical instrument made of bamboo, and had the chance to use it to play two songs – Rasa Sayang and a Chinese number, Ming Tian Hui Geng Hao (A Better Tomorrow).China-Asean Business Council executive president Xu Ningning said the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Malaysia had benefited the people of both countries.

He pointed out that as of Nov 30, bilateral trade this year stood at US$111.5bil (RM460bil), a 12.4% increase compared to the same period last year.

“We saw a significant growth in various sectors, especially in bilateral trade, investment and tourism, ” he added.

Maycham China chairman Will Fung encouraged fellow Malaysians back home to expand their turf to China.

“We have the talent, we are creative and have much to showcase.Malaysia has more than just durian, bird’s nest and palm oil to offer the Chinese, ” he added.

As a platform for economic and cultural communications, he said the chamber would continue to help the business community integrate into the Belt and Road Initiative, creating a win-win synergy for both nations.

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