Tiong’s role as special envoy critical amid Covid-19 slowdown, says Naroden

Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Apr 22: Datuk Naroden Majais believes that Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing’s appointment as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China will bring direct benefit to Sarawak.

“Besides trade there are other bilateral cooperation that he can help to accelerate, like looking for potential multinational companies to invest in Malaysia, including Sarawak. For example, to work with Matrade offices and business associations in China to bring multinational investors to Sarawak,” Naroden told DayakDaily today.

The Assistant Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industry Terminal and Entrepreneur Development added that Tiong’s role would be even more critical now to revive the economic slowdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The long economic slowdown (caused by the Covid-19 pandemic) and in some cases, business dealings have even been halted and so forth, between the companies in the two countries.

“So as a special trade envoy, with his experience, contacts and calibre in businesses, I believe he can further boost up bilateral cooperation between the two nations especially after few months of slowdown in trades since Covid-19 pandemic started in last January as well as Malaysia’s enforcing MCO last March this year,” he said.

The Gedong lawmaker also believed that Tiong could also organise trade missions between the two countries.

“This role is equally important to identify, shortlist and organise good and clear platforms or even organising joint trade missions between companies from the two nations,” he added.

Naroden was commenting on Tiong’s recent appointment as Malaysia’s special trade envoy to China.

Prior to this, Tiong was the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for East Asia from 2014 to 2018. —DayakDaily.