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Published on: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: The new Consul-General of the People's Republic of China to Sabah, Liang Caide, pledged to continue the friendship between China and Malaysia, as well as cooperation and exchanges in various areas between both countries.

Liang takes over from Chen Peijie who served as the first Consul General for 891 days since January 30, 2015 until her transfer back to Beijing on July 9 this year.

He was greeted at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport at 7pm, Wednesday, by State Tourism, Culture and Environment Assistant Minister Datuk Pang Nyuk Ming, Sabah United Chinese Chambers of Commerce (SUCCC) President Tan Sri Andrew Liew, SUCCC Deputy President Datuk Ling Tiong Chai, SUCCC Supervisory Committee Chairman Datuk Seri Panglima Chong Nyuk Yong, Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) Sabah Branch President Datuk Frankie Liew and Sabah Publishing House Sdn Bhd (SPH) Managing Director Datuk Clement Yeh, among others.

"I would like to thank you, the representatives from different sectors of Sabah-Labuan, for the warm welcome, I am very touched by the hospitality and kindness extended," said Liang Caide, upon arrival.

"This is my first time stepping onto the 'Land below the Wind'. I have heard much about its beautiful scenery, simple and honest people and plentiful resources.

"I am very pleased and honoured to have the opportunity to work here and I am looking forward to the forthcoming work," he said.

He said China and Malaysia are good neighbours, friends and partners, adding that the China-Malaysia relationship is currently at its best time in history and Sabah-Labuan is an important stop on the Maritime Silk Road.

"Coming to serve as the Consul General here at this juncture, I feel both the glory of the mission and the responsibility of the task.

"Bearing our mission in mind, my colleagues and I will try our best to fulfil the duties.

We will continue to promote the friendship between China and Malaysia, as well as the cooperation and exchanges in various areas between the two places," he said.

He said the Consulate General will continue to serve as the boat of friendship, the bridge of cooperation, the window of service, and the overseas home for Chinese citizens.

"I hope to have your continuous support," he said.

Meanwhile, Ma Zhong Friendship Association Sabah President Dr Oh Ei Sun pledged to assist Liang as well as federal and state authorities in undertaking comprehensive interaction between Malaysia and China.

"China has now become Malaysia's largest trading partner, and Malaysia is similarly China's largest trading partner in Southeast Asia," he said in a statement.

Dr Oh said China's setting up of a consulate-general here in Sabah since two years ago signifies the growing importance of the state's role in the bilateral relationship.

In a related matter, he said there will be a series of activities to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Ma Zhong Sabah.

"This includes a small-and-medium enterprise business expo with participation of one of China's largest online trading platform. It aims to enable the transformation and growth of our local SMEs. By having more interactions between the peoples of two places, the bond envisaged under the Belt and Road Initiative will be materialised," he added. - Sherell Ann Jeffrey

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