NANNING, September 18 – China will lend its support to the Malaysian government in realizing the New Industrial Master Plan 2030 (NIMP 2030), said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Anwar, who is also the Finance Minister, stated that China also welcomed the proposal of the Asian Monetary Fund (AMF) as the last-resort lender for the region during financial crises. “The leaders of China have high regard for and support Malaysia Madani and the concept of AMF,” he said following a meeting with his counterpart, Li Qiang, on Sunday.

Anwar made these remarks in a statement released on Sunday during his working visit to the city to attend the 20th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO). According to Anwar, there is great potential for ASEAN and the Three Cs countries, including China, to work towards the envisioned ideals under the AMF, which was proposed after the Asian Financial Crisis. “Establishing the AMF, while ambitious, is an effort that should be pursued to ensure economic and financial stability in the region,” he said. Meanwhile, in a media briefing today, Anwar mentioned that with Li’s support, Chinese companies are now more actively investing in Malaysia with a focus on training, especially at the highest level.

According to the Prime Minister, Chinese companies have a very positive view of Malaysian professionals, engineers, technicians, and information technology (IT) experts, especially in terms of their performance, dedication, and discipline. However, there is a noticeable gap in terms of upskilling at the highest level, he added. “So, in all discussions with Chinese companies like China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) (which is developing the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project), Geely, and Huawei, I emphasize the requirement to enhance research efforts in Malaysia and specialized training that should be provided for Malaysian youths,” he said.

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