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Spain opens Consulate in Sabah
Published on: Saturday, May 11, 2019
By: David Thien
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Kota Kinabalu: Spain now has a consulate in Sabah with its official opening by the Spanish Ambassador to Malaysia, Jose Miguel Corvinos Lafuente, on Thursday.

“The Head of the Honorary Consulate is Datuk Peter Paul Yong who will have the Honorary Consul status in accordance with Article 9 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of (April 24) 1963,” he said.

“Spanish tourists, aviators, seamen, merchants will now have an Honorary Consul to take care of them in times of need. 

“Spain has companies like Repsol S.A. operating in Sabah (in the oil and gas extraction industry) and a few citizens who are married to Malaysians,” Jose Miguel told Daily Express, adding that more tourists from Spain are also expected to visit Sabah.

Peter’s wife Maria Jose Yong, is Spanish.The Consulate is located at Lot 85, House 16, D’Banyan Residency @ Sutera, Lorong D’Banyan 2, Jalan Sutera Harbour Utama, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Jose Miguel presented the Commander of the Order of Civil Merit on Peter and Cross of the Order of the Civil Merit on his daughter Kerry Yong Muniozguran, by the King of Spain Felipe VI.

They had helped to coordinate search and rescue efforts for Spanish tourists David Hernandez Gasulla and Marta Reiz who were lost at sea out on an inadequately equipped tour boat with two others off Kudat until their eventual rescue and safe return.

According to the 2019 edition of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, which ranks 169 economies according to factors that contribute to overall health, Spain surpassed Italy to become the world’s healthiest country.

Peter was a partner in one of the city’s oldest legal firms – Messrs. Jayasuriya & Kah, and a successful businessman. 



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