To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the China-Malaysia anniversary, the PM of Malaysia will be making an official visit to China. He will be accompanied besides the official delegation YABhg. Tun Hajah Rahah, the mother of Najib and the wife of the Prime Minister Tun Razak who established the official relationship between China and Malaysia in the year 1974.
Relationship between China and Malaysia has grown from strength to strength. Today, we can visit China freely provided we apply for the visa. In the early days when the China-Malaysia relationship was established, there was a lot of suspicion by the Malaysian government on Malaysian Chinese visiting China. Often, delegations are accompanied by special branch officers. Today, the visa requirement is imposed by the Chinese government and not us.
There is a lot of trade between the two nations. The China’s market is an important market for our export of primary commodities. It is also an important source of tourist. Most of the daily common necessities in this country are imported from China. China is today the engine of growth for Asia. Cordial relationship between the two nations is important to promote trade, investments and the free flow of people between the two nations. Hence, this visit is not only important historically, but also hopefully to spur further investment and trade between the two nations. Hence, besides the official delegation, I understand that there is a big troupe of businessman. A lot of MOUs will be signed. Let’s hope that most of these MOUs will be implemented. Often, Malaysians like to sign MOU when they are overseas to impress Malaysians VIP. This MOU remain just as a piece of paper with no implementation.