Delegate from Taiwan pays courtesy call to Yong Peng district
YONG PENG: An Economic and Cultural delegate from Taiwan visited Yong Peng recently to seek investment opportunities and to forge closer ties with the people here.
Led by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia representative Lo Yu-chung, the team was invited by alumni association of Taiwan universities here for a day tour.
“It is our first visit to Yong Peng and we hope to find potential areas of collaboration between Taiwan and Yong Peng.
“We also hope our visit will help to promote better understanding and enhance ties of both countries,” he said during a dialogue with Ayer Hitam MP Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.
Also present at the event were Yong Peng assemblyman Lim Kim Moi, local Chinese associations representatives and Yong Peng district councillors.
Lo said both countries not only have close ties in trade and economic fields, they also worked together in the education sector and support close cultural ties.
He said Taiwan was Malaysia’s eighth largest trading partner and fifth largest foreign investor.
“On the other hand, Malaysia is fifth largest inbound visitors to Taiwan with more than 300,000 Malaysians visit Taiwan every year.
“Malaysians are also among the largest foreign student community in our country and every year some 2,000 students from Malaysia pursue their education in Taiwan,” he said.
Lo also added that the Taiwan government was glad that Malaysia had decided to offer free visa entry to all Taiwan passport holders since March this year.
“This has made travel easier for people of both countries,” he added.
On a separate matter, Wee said effort to achieve the Malaysia-Taiwan mutual recognition of academic certificates is near the final stage.
He said both Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and his deputy Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung were following up the matter closely.
“Taiwan’s education quality is undoubtedly good and we hope the mutual recognition would be realised soon,” he said.
Wee added that Malaysia appreciated cooperation that both countries shared in various fields all these while.
He said both nations have a lot of room for cooperation and to learn from each other.