JOHOR BARU: The state government is committed towards making the Johor Sultan’s suggestion for China to set up a consulate office here a reality, says an executive councillor.
Unity, trade and consumer affairs committee chairman Dr Chong Fat Full said he met with Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah in Putrajaya over the matter on Oct 4.
Dr Chong said in April 2018 during a courtesy call with the then Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian, Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar proposed a China mission in Johor to strengthen the relationship with the state.
Sultan Ibrahim said the consulate office would also provide value-added services to China nationals already working or doing business in Johor.
“His Majesty’s suggestion was for the benefit of Johor and China’s bilateral relations.
“In February this year, Ambassador to Malaysia Ouyang Yujing responded that the Chinese government would study the suggestion,” he said in a statement.
“I took the initiative to meet with the Foreign Minister and his deputy to follow up on the matter recently.”
Dr Chong also said he was committed to realising His Majesty’s proposal.
“The suggestion is timely as it would indirectly help trade relations between Johor and China as well as benefit other sectors such as tourism and culture,” he said.
Presently, Singapore and Indonesia have consulate offices here.