Wu (6th from right) received the group led by Chong (6th from left) and Lau (5th from left).
Chong (left) exchanged opinions on Taiwan-Malaysia political, economic, cultural and educational issues with Minister Wu (right).
A group of 11 dignitaries from Malaysia Led by Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon and President of the Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Taipei James Lau Kong Chiok visited the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) on May 8. When receiving the group, OCAC Minister Wu Hsin-hsing expressed the hope that Taiwan and Malaysia can cooperate closely through talent exchange between the two countries and that the New Southbound Policy can be implemented in a way that is mutually beneficial.
Wu mentioned that over 16,000 Chinese-Malaysian students are studying in Taiwan. He said that long-term talent flow between Taiwan and Malaysia can increase mutual understanding and drive further bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade, education and tourism etc. He said that the OCAC, a contact platform between people in Taiwan and overseas Chinese, combines the strengths of the central government and local governments to share Taiwan’s experiences with the countries in Southeast Asia in support of the New Southbound Policy, creating mutually-beneficial results.
Chong said that the government of Malaysia has worked hard to promote vocational education in recent years. The OCAC’s expanded Overseas Youth Vocational Training School and the Vocational Education Program for Overseas Students have trained many technical professionals who have brought essential technical skills back to Malaysia and have performed outstandingly, whether employed or starting a business.
Chong went on to say that so many Chinese-Malaysian students choose to work in Taiwan after they graduate because of the reasonable living cost and good quality of life in Taiwan. He also mentioned that Taiwan’s soft power in the area of health care, education, human resources development, technical innovation, agriculture and disaster prevention has far-reaching influence in Southeast Asia and he hoped to understand more of Taiwan through visiting in person and engaging in exchange.
Lau thanked the OCAC for assisting these students in Taiwan and promised to continue the effort of connecting Taiwan and Malaysia in the future, expressing the hope of jointly promoting friendly relations between the two countries and bilateral and multilateral exchange together with the OCAC.