China trade vital to Malaysia’s economic recovery after Covid-19

Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing

KUCHING, April 24: Malaysia must immediately look to collaborate with China and promote further trade to revitalise its economic growth after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Putting the global coronavirus outbreak behind, Malaysia’s special envoy to China, Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, said both countries should collaborate and work together towards new ideas to promote trade cooperation with a view to quickly revitalise economic growth with mutual beneficial development.

The Bintulu MP added that mutual assistance between both countries would underpin the warm friendship formed over many years that both sides should cherish.

This would reflect the spirit of “scaling the highest peaks and spanning the widest rivers” together in solidarity between Malaysia and China, he continued.

“Both nations are like brothers and partners who can rely on each other to climb the steepest challenge.

“The Malaysia-China trade is a clear direction for my immediate task with the ultimate goal of promoting friendly cooperation in various fields between us.

“We must be a model of economic cooperation that blends the interests of both sides. Let us look forward to a swift end of the pandemic. After the dust settles, both sides will continue to go forth on close cooperation to move forward towards a brighter future,” he said in a statement.

Tiong, who is also Progressive Democratic Party president, welcomes feedback from all parties, especially the business community, to strengthen trade relations between Malaysia and China.

“Only through constant self-examination and a healthy exchange of ideas can the office of special envoy play its most effective role in elevating Malaysia and China relations.”

He expressed gratitude to the Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia, Bai Tian, for his attentiveness and support to Malaysia’s efforts against the Covid-19 outbreak.

“The Chinese embassy in Malaysia had expedited the donation of a large number of medical supplies, which was timely assistance in our war on Covid-19 in the country.

“In addition to material support, Chinese medical experts have also arrived in Malaysia to lend much needed medical assistance to our healthcare service,” he said.

Tiong was announced as the Prime Minister’s special envoy to the People’s Republic of China on Monday (April 20).

The Prime Minister’s Department, in a statement, said the position is a ministerial level. Tiong was the Prime Minister’s special envoy to East Asia from 2014 to 2018. — DayakDaily