Ong clears air on Malaysia’s stand on China’s BRI

NANNING: has no intention of abandoning ’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and will continue to forge a closer relationship with the world’s second largest economy.

Deputy International Trade and Industry Ministry Ong Kian Ming said the government’s approach has been misunderstood following the recent decision to cancel certain China-Malaysia projects.

Responding to a question from the media on rumours of Malaysia quitting the BRI, he said: “As such, an important reason for my visit is to reassure China that Malaysia welcomed its investments. What I am emphasising is also that the postponement of a number of large-scale projects was due to the need to safeguard Malaysia’s financial position and not because we doubt investors from any country, including China.”

Ong said the BRI will open up more opportunities for investors, especially from Malaysia.

The BRI was launched in 2013 and encompasses various initiatives, while connecting 65 countries through sea, air, land and rail links.

“When the Chinese invest in Johor, we can link them with companies in . In Penang, we have a strong presence in the electrical and electronics (E&E) industry that they can tap,” Ong said.

He said the interest of Chinese companies in Malaysia remains strong, with 10 of them having shown an interest in investing in the Malaysia-China Industrial Park.

Ong said he hopes to come up with a better understanding and plan to improve the relationship with China from his visit to Nanning, in conjunction with the 15th China-Asean Expo 2018.

Additionally, he also expects tremendous interest from the Chinese E&E sector, as well as those related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, towards investing in Malaysia.

“Many of the Chinese factories in the manufacturing industry are already very advanced .When they build a new plant in Malaysia, I think it would be of a new generation with automation and that will increase productivity as well as profitability. – Bernama

Source: The Sun Daily

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