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Nga Kor Ming heads parliamentary delegation to China

  • Nga heads the first parliamentary delegation to China, which is welcomed by Wang Chan, Vice Chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee at the Great Hall of the People. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily
  • Nga shaking hands with Wang Chen. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

BEIJING (Sin Chew Daily) -- Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming leads a delegation of 16 Members of Parliament to China at the invitation of the Chinese government. The delegation is received by Wang Chen, Vice Chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee at the Great Hall of the People.

Elected representatives of both legislative assemblies met for more than one hour, longer than the 30 minutes scheduled for the historical meeting.

Those in the delegation included Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Hanipa Maidin, Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching, Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Chong Chieng Jen, Selangor state assembly speaker Ng Suee Lim, Perak state assembly Speaker Ngeh Koo Ham, deputy speaker Aminuddin Zulkipli, Johor state assembly deputy speaker Gan Peck Cheng, Taiping Member of Parliament Teh Kok Lin, Selangor state exco member Ng Sze Han and other elected representatives.

Nga promoted palm oil, described as the national gem of Malaysia during the meeting. Nga also thanked China for signing new contracts with Malaysia on China’s decision to buy additional 1.9 million tons of palm oil worth RM4.5 billion.

Nga shared the nutritious values of palm oil with Wang Chen and also expressed his wish to see China buy at least five million tons of palm oil.

He said 2019 is a significant year for Malaysia and China as it marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Trade between the two countries has been growing continuously for the last 45 years. Bilateral trade increased from US$100 million to US$108.6 billion or over 1,000 times during the said period.

Nga said the number of Chinese tourists to Malaysia also increased by a whopping 35% last year. The number is expected to exceed three million this year.

Malaysia targets to attract at least 3.5 million tourists from China next year.

Nga also invited Wang Chen to visit Malaysia and conveyed the greetings of Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof to Li Zhanshu, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.

Also present at the meeting were Malaysian Ambassador to China Nushirwan Zainal Abidin and Head of the Chinese Communist Party International Liaison Department Sun Haiyan, among others.

Nga and the delegation would later visit Tsinghua University in Beijing where deputy education minister Teo Nie Ching would explore opportunities of cooperation in higher education, including possible establishment of a branch campus in Malaysia to make the country a regional higher education hub.


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