Monday, June 8, 2009

China-Malaysia's 35 years relationship


Prime Minister Najib’s visit to China can be regarded as fruitful and augurs well for both the nations. For the Prime Minister, it was quite a sentimental trip since it was his late father Tun Razak who took the bold decision of recognizing China 35 years ago. The Prime Minister brought along his mother, his wife and family on this occassion.

One cannot not to be impressed with the Chinese government every time I visit Beijing. My last visit to Beijing was in 2007 when I presented the paper on food safety and another paper on the integration of traditional medicine and western medicine. Beijing is a bustling city with a dusty atmosphere but it is definitely much cleaner on the streets of Beijing if compared to other big cities. Its landscape is beautiful and despite the space constraint, there are provisions for the pedestrian and the cyclists. Many visitors to China salute the Chinese government for its town planning, especially landscaping and being people’s friendly by promoting cycling and walking.

Over the last 35 years, because of the cordial relationship between China and Malaysia, trade has been registering double-digit growth. Last year, the value of trade between the two nations touches US$50 billion (figures given by China). China is Malaysia’s 4th largest trading partner and it is an important export market for our commodities. There is also a significant growth in the tourism market. More and more students from China are in Malaysia pursuing further education.

China is today regarded as the economic powerhouse of Asia. It is estimated by next year China will overtake Japan to become the world’s second largest economy. This is a remarkable achievement achieved over a short span of 25 years. Its economic development model will be studied by endless people in the hope that these achievements can be duplicated in other countries.  Of course there are structural problem in China’s high speed economic growth.

In the next 10 years, what do Malaysia hope to benefit from our cordial relationship with China?

1)    More joint-venture companies between China and Malaysia private sector. Presently, there are joint ventures but mostly initiated by GLC.

2)   Hope to see a more diversified form of joint-venture development. We should move away from just undertaking property development. We hope to see more joint ventures related to railway, dam, hydroelectric power station and aluminum smelter plant of which China has world-renowned expertise. Hopefully through these joint ventures, there will be technology transfer from China to Malaysia.

3)   In the field of agriculture, we should learn about China’s effort on modernization of agriculture and biotechnology. China today supplies almost half of the world’s fresh vegetables.

4)   Tourism. This has great potential. Last year, we received more than 900, 000 Chinese tourists. In the same year, there are 40 million Chinese tourists. So, what Malaysia received is a very small insignificant numbers. To attract more tourists to Malaysia, we have to create more packages that involve several other countries, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos. These packages will make it more attractive to visit this part of the world.  Chinese tourists like to eat, shop and a fair significant number gambles.

5)   Education. The private institutions of higher learning have to play a more aggressive role in attracting Chinese students. There are 11, 000 Chinese students pursuing education at various levels. I understand that most of them are doing short courses.  There is a need for the private sector to upgrade their standards of education. Otherwise, it will be a hard battle attracting quality foreign students. There have always been calls by Malaysia Chinese educationists that the government should recognize more universities from China. Since most Malaysian Chinese have no interest to work in the civil service, I feel that recognition or non-recognition of universities in China is not of importance.

I took the opportunity to travel to a few shopping centres and it is good to discover from the taxi driver that the security has improved tremendously in Beijing in the last 5 years. Hence, taxis in Beijing do not have iron grills that separates the driver from the passengers. This used to be the usual features in taxis operating in Beijing.

The weather is hot and dry. I do my usual morning walk from 6.30a.m. to 7.30a.m. I must admit, it was quite a pleasant walk despite the bustling traffic since there is a pedestrian walkway and beautiful landscaping.  















2) 希望看到一个更多样化的合资企业发展。我们应该摆脱侧重于产业的发展导向。我们希望看到更多铁路、水坝、水力发电站和铝制炼厂项目的合作,中国在这些领域有很多优秀的专才。通过这些合作,有望将中国的技术转移到大马。












Datuk said...

Dear Datuk,

I hoped your most recent visit to China had enlightened you and expanded your horizon on how a good politician can do the wonder and shaping the future of billion lives!

Can BN able to unleash the potential of our current natural endownment, free us out from the prison of self-defeating policy that backwarded us in the last 40 years???

In search of 9 wonders in Malaysia ???

D'evil said...

Dear Datuk Seri

I understand the Chinese Leaders expressed their concern to Najib that Malaysia has fallen behind many countries.

If the Chinese Leaders can recognise this problem, how come Malaysia cannot do so.

Unknown said...

Dear Dr Chua,

Malaysians and I take serious note on your comment that the security in Beijing, China has improved tremendously in the last 5 years. Many taxis do not required iron grills due to less crime in China now. Well it is indeed a good observation by Datuk Seri during your pleasant short official visit to China.

Similar, I still recalled the danger of high crime and notorious gangsters during my several biz visits to China in past 5 years ago. Nevertheless, Datuk Seri should understand that Malaysians have the biggest crime problems today and sadly to say the most notorious city is Johor state among all states in Malaysia. WHY ?
Similar, we understand many fellow taxi drivers are crime victims but yet they are facing danger daily just to earn a small income to feed their families.

Unfortunately, the PDRM top brass officers have lost their focus to combat criminals and reduce crimes here but prefer to serve the BN Master politicians to arrest people wearing black, celebrate birthday candle lights, lawyers on duties, having breakfast in Ipoh, injured student, etc. Similar, we also knew that many policemen are more favor helping influence peoples and rich & famous victims rather than poor victims when they seek help. It also took donkey hours for the policemen to attend crime calls whereas it took few minutes to arrive on the crime scene. PDRM Crime Investigation section is less efficient and effective as compared with other CSI bodies in USA, HK, Singapore and China whereas many crime cases are swept under the carpets and closed cases.

Sadly to say, the crime rates are skyrocketting by days in our cities becoming " A city of sin".
Even top PDRM brass officers became victims of open crime in their homes. Chinese saying
"Catching a kutu on the lion's head". What a big slap ?

Why BN leaders are still fighting over their greeds rather than finding ways to reduce the crime rate in Malaysia? Are BN goons waiting to be removed by the people in the next 13GE ?

呉 和豪 said...


銀球能傳達友誼  馬中建交见效益

开创世界新局面 和平进步百业兴

固步自封为阻碍  遠見開明垦蓝海

拉薩恩來兩先賢  功名永留在世間

永森默默勤耕云  当为国人好板样

飲水之時當思源  努力開源求永續 

敦拉萨开明果敢的决定, 促进了区域的和平及繁荣,也援和了国际之间的紧张局势,间接结束了冷战。
马来西亚虽然不是强大的国家, 但是在促进世界和平及繁荣扮演着很重要的角色。开明务实的外交政策是永续经营一国的重要部分。

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