New Year's Day Message by:
Datuk Tan Yew Sing, President of Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce
1 January 2020

On behalf of Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC), I wish all sectors of the community a wonderful, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

2020 marks the Malaysia and China Cultural Tourism Year. The tourism industry is an important part of the service sector, it brings a lot of business opportunities to our country, bring the country’s economy into play.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture, the number of foreign tourists visited Malaysia in the first six months of 2019 has reached 13.35 million, bringing revenues of 4.16 billion Ringgit to our country. Looking ahead to 2020 tourism year, our country could expect 30 million foreign tourists and 3.5 million Chinese tourists, which can generate income of more than 100 billion Ringgit.
Not only will we invite representatives of Malaysia and China to have exchanges in the cultural and creative industry, we also invite the relevant units of the two countries to present cultural performances with local characteristics, to enable both countries to better understand the local culture. This event will not only stimulate local tourism, but also promote the development of relevant local industries.

In the 2020 Budget, the Government announced the allocation of 1.1 billion Ringgit to develop the domestic tourism industry and introducing tax-free concessions to promote tourism development, make our country a major tourist destination. We should seize this opportunity to jointly promote Malaysia’s cultural and tourism industries.

The people of Malaysia and China have profound friendship. Today's deepening cooperation in the field of cultural and tourism will bring about a win-win outcome of cooperation and benefit to future generations.

With the rapid development of digitization, Malaysia can integrate the initiative of the Belt and Road, the advanced technology, the cultural industry, the tourism industry and creativity. The Malaysia-China Cultural and Tourism activities that organized by MCCC in Sabah and North Peninsular is an example of this integration.

Founded in 1990, Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) is a non-governmental, non-profit, multi-ethnic and independent business association.

MCCC aims at promoting interaction, cooperation and development in trade, investment and other industrial and commercial fields between Malaysia and China as well as protecting the interests of our members. 

MCCC has 9 branches in different states: Malacca, Perak, Johor, Penang, Terengganu, Sabah, Sarawak, Kelantan and Pahang. Currently, MCCC has over 1,800 corporate members, covering trade, manufacturing, finance, agriculture, real estate, tourism, education, consultation, services and other industries. 

Meanwhile, MCCC also established the Young Entrepreneurs Committee to unify youth, fostering new leadership and assisting MCCC and National Council to promote the affairs of the Chamber and administrative units.

Following the rise of China, MCCC has become increasingly important as a platform to promote Sino-Malaysian economic and trade development. On top of forming tight cooperation with government agencies such as the Ministry of International Trade And Industry Malaysia, Ministry of Finance Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, Ministry of Primary Industries Malaysia, business associations and China Enterprises Association in Malaysia, we also maintain close relationship with relevant Chinese government agencies such as the Economic & Commercial Counsellor’s Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia, Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council (OCAOSC), All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade(CCPIT), China Overseas Exchange Association (COEA ), China-ASEAN Expo Secretariat, China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit Secretariat, China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC), All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, China International Cooperation Association of SMES (Cicasme), China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment (CAEFI) and so forth. 
With the support of Guangdong Tourism Bureau, MCCC has been appointed as the Guangdong Tourism Cooperation and Promotion Center Malaysia since 2014. In addition, from the beginning of 2015, MCCC was commissioned by the Chengdu Overseas Exchange Association (CDOEA) to become its Overseas Liaison Office.

In addition to frequent reception of delegations from various provinces and cities in China, MCCC also organizes, co-organizes or participates in exhibitions, trade and investment fairs, such as Canton Fair, China-ASEAN Expo, Expo Central China, Western China International Fair, China-Northeast Asia Expo, China International Fair for Investment & Trade (CIFIT), China Harbin International Economic and Trade Fair, China (Ningxia) International Halal Food/Muslim Commodities Festival and the Investment & Trade Fair, China (Qinghai) International Halal Food and Products Fair, East China Fair, Kunming Fair, Yiwu Imported Commodities Fair, China International Small and Medium Enterprises Fair, Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo and so forth.

In 2002, MCCC organized the first " China - ASEAN Cooperation Forum". This forum was held to discuss the construction of a free trade zone for China-ASEAN 1.9 billion population.

Hereafter, MCCC has seized the opportunity to organize the "Malaysia-China Entrepreneurs Conference" (MCEC) yearly since 2011. In 2014, 2016 and 2018, the MCEC has even been held beyond border in Xiamen, Chengdu and Nanjing, China respectively.  The MCEC is highly recognized by all circles as it plays an important role in promoting the economic and trade cooperation between Malaysia and China.

Under the premise of creating a win-win situation, MCCC will continue to promote the Sino-Malaysia economic and trade development and investment cooperation.

Malaysia-China Trade and Investment GuideTrade and investment between Malaysia and China have been increasing over the years thanks to the long-standing friendly bilateral ties and c1ose-knitted relations between the two governments. In recent years, China has emerged as the largest trading partner of Malaysia, which at the same time is also one of the major trading partners of China. Trade volume between Malaysia and China even exceeded many countries like Russia, United Kingdom, Brazil, etc.

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At the end of 2013, the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping proposed the One Belt One Road initiative, and as a result, rapport between industry and business sectors of both countries became closer and more connected. The number and frequency of Chinese business representatives visiting Malaysia have been rising every year.

After Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) held its National General Assembly and a new session of National Council members were elected, a brain storming camp was conducted in Genting Highlands in September 2016, to explore its future direction.

As one of the resolutions, the chamber will publish the "Malaysia-China Trade and Investment Guide" to fill the information gap between industry and business sectors of both countries. The objective of the publication is to assist and supply accurate information to businesses and enterprises in both countries on trade, investment, policy and other related information.

MCCC did set up a working committee comprising of the central committee members to start working on the guide so that it can be published on time. It was decided that the guide would cover a wide range of law and regulations, tax scheme, incentives, policies and awards for business and investments in China and Malaysia, as well as business prospects of the Belt & Road initiatives.

The guide would also interview industrial pioneers in both China and Malaysia to share their rich investment exposure and experience as a reference for other investors.

Although the process of guide publication was a challenging task, we hope that this become an important resource for those investors who are looking to invest in either China or Malaysia.

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Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce

No.8-2, Jalan Metro Pudu, Fraser Business Park, Off Jalan Yew, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603-9223 1188, +603-9222 1506 Fax: +603-9222 1548
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Malacca Branch (Established in 1998)

No.1, Jalan PK8, Taman Perindustrian Krubong, Melaka.
Tel: +606-335 1500 Fax: +606-335 1600
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Perak Branch (Established in 1999)

No. 44, 1st Floor, Persiaran Kledang Timur 19, Bandar Baru Menglembau, 31450 Menglembau, Perak.
Tel: +605-282 1775 Fax: +605-282 1781
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Johore Branch (Established in 1999)

No.47-02, Jalan Molek 1/8, Taman Molek, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Tel: +6019-770 9936 Fax: -
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Penang Branch (Established in 2001)

15N, Lebuhraya Thean Teik, Bandar Baru Ayer Hitam, 11500 Penang.
Tel: +604-827 7422 Fax: +604-828 1299
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Terengganu Branch (Established in 2010)

No. 5032, 1st Floor, Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, 20000 Kuala Terengganu.
Tel: +609-631 8818 Fax: +609-622 0116
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Sabah Branch (Established in 2010)

79, 1st Floor, Gaya Street, 88802 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Tel: +6012- 801 3100 / +6088-960 100 Fax: -
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Sarawak Branch (Established in 2011)

Lot 859, Section 9, Jalan Alan, 96000 Sibu, Sarawak.
Tel: +6084-211 269 Fax: +6084-218 405
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Kelantan Branch (Established in 2015)

Wisma TCH, No.137, Jalan Post Office Lama, 15000 Kota Bharu, Kelantan, West Malysia.
Tel: +609-747 5818 Fax: +609-743 7833
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Pahang Branch (Established in 2015)

No. A-37, Tingkat 1, Jalan IM 7/1, Bandar Indera Mahkota 25200 Kuantan, Pahang.
Tel: +6012-207 3885 Fax: +609-567 1585
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Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce
Benefits of the Members
As MCCC member, you may obtain the latest updates on economic and trade exchanges between Malaysia and China whereby gaining access to valuable market opportunities

We are in constant contact with the Chinese central governmental departments, provincial leaders, the Economic and Commercial Counsellor's Office of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Malaysia, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office amongst other associations; at the same time, we maintain close contact with local government agencies such as the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), keeping track of the latest developments and business opportunities in Sino-Malaysia economy and trade. Through MCCC, members may obtain the latest updates on economic and trade exchanges between Malaysia and China.

Members may participate in various activities which provides networking opportunities with major Chinese entrepreneurs and China government officials, as well as people engaged in Sino-Malaysia economic and trade activities

Members can tap the latest information on development and investment environment of various Chinese provinces, through our reception of visiting Chinese delegations; this is further enhanced by participation in large-scale activities organized, co-organized or sponsored by MCCC such as China - Malaysia Economic and Trade Fair.The exchange of information and networking opportunities with Chinese entrepreneurs and government officials will faciliatate future investment in China.

Free (Malaysia-China Business Magizine) Quarterly Publication

, a financial magazine as well as MCCC newsletter, is published every 3 months (March, June, September and December), and distributed to members free of charge. With a 10,000-copy circulation, the publication offers diverse content with deep insight covering areas such as import and export, manufacturing, finance, agriculture, tourism, education, medicine, legal advice, illustrating the dynamics of investment and trade opportunities between the two countries.
Participation in a variety of delegates/trade fair/exhibitor mission organized by MCCC

In addition to frequent reception of delegates from various provinces and cities in China, we also organized, co-organized or participated in commodity exhibitions, trade and investment fairs in Malaysia and China, such as the Canton Fair, China-ASEAN Expo, China Jilin•Northeast Asia Investment and Trade Expo, China Kunming Trade Fair, APEC Technical Seminar and Exhibition, Xiamen Food Expo, China Xiamen International Fair for Investment and Trade, The Cooperation and Exchange Convention of Overseas Chinese Enterprises in Science & Technology Innovation, Western China Expo, as well as the China Import & Export Commodities Exhibition held in Kuala Lumpur.

Through participation in the abovementioned activities, members are able to establish business network and relationship with international buyers, creating more business opportunities.

Participation in a variety of seminars, exchanges, training courses, forums etc hosted by MCCC

Every year we organize a wide range of seminars, experience-sharing sessions, and other forums, covering subject matters such as small and medium enterprises business strategies, investment in China, intellectual property rights, and branding, so that members can broaden their business information and knowledge.

Offer assistance in the application of 2-year multiple-entry visa issued by the Chinese Embassy

Since its inception, MCCC has been providing letters of recommendation in support of its members’ effort to apply for entry visa to China. With the relaxation of visa application requirements set out by Chinese government in recent years, members may now apply for multiple-entry visa for 2 years.

Application for Certificate of Origin through MCCC

In 2008, we were authorized to issue the CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN by Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry. With that, we further expand our range of services to our members and business community involving in processing and export industries. Members who wish to apply for the CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN, may contact MCCC Secretariat for relevant forms and documents.

  • To promote interaction, cooperation and development in trade and other industrial and commercial fields between Malaysia and The People’s Republic of China (hereinafter shall be called “China”;
  • To provide members with information pertaining to economic relations, bilateral trade and other industrial and commercial activities between Malaysia and China;
  • To provide members with a platform for exchanging information pertaining to industry, commerce, finance and trade, including organizing exhibitions, forums, training sessions or providing investment guides, with a view to fostering and developing mutual business cooperation amongst them;
  • To protect and safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the members and to provide consultation to members where necessary;
  • To promote a healthy business culture and to foster a prosperous, harmonious and progressive society.
  • To own, purchase or acquire properties suitable for the facilitation of affairs and activities of the Association.
In recent years, the relationship between Malaysia and China has become increasingly close, especially in the economic and trade areas. With the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the formation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Malaysia also plays a pivotal role in this regional economy. In order to expand the bilateral trade between Malaysia and China, it is necessary to open up new areas of economic and trade and target new enterprises.

We should explore the potential of cooperation with the China's emerging industries, such as e-commerce. We should acquire the advanced technology from China and enhance the development progress in Malaysia.

The issue of China's food hygiene and safety issues are the concern of everyone, such as the milk powder in China, many people lack confidence in food safety. However, if these enterprises consider investing in Malaysia, obtaining our certification, classifying as made in Malaysia, and then selling back to China, this can solve their issue and increase our trade surplus.

In fact, Malaysia uses a large number of China products and invests a considerable amount in China. However, the degree of investment from China has yet to be improved. We have to promote more Malaysian products into the market of China, such as our food industry. We have a lot of Nanyang (Southeast Asia) flavor products here. With the rising standard of living in China, the people are also interested in trying overseas products, food, attire (batik) and other daily necessities with Nanyang (Southeast Asia) characteristics.

Malaysia’s economic structure is still a more traditional model of developing countries, relying on manufacturing and natural resources. This economic structure must be transformed, optimized, investigated in how to enhance the added value and increase the ratio of service sector, and utilized better way to promote and produce.

When a developing country is moving to a relatively high level of development, the ratio of service sector will be increasingly higher. We foresee the ratio of service sector in Malaysia will continue to increase in the future. I believe that manufacturing industry as the foundation for economic development is important, but enhancing the service sector is bound to be the future trend. If the cost of the manufacturing industry in China is cheaper than our country, Malaysia and China should cooperate in the manufacturing industry and export the products.

Another feature of Malaysia is the halal market, Islamic finance, halal food manufacturing, halal certification and so forth. These areas can increase the income of Malaysia. For the businessmen in China, they favor the Malaysian halal industry. They would like to cooperate with our country to enter the huge halal market.

Due to the uncontrollable factors, it will be difficult to reach the target of USD160billion bilateral trade volume in 2017 which was set by the leaders of Malaysia and China three years ago.

In view of the economic downturn in the world economy over the past two or three years, the weakening of ringgit and the slowdown in China's economy, it is understandable that the goal cannot be achieved. But as long as the trade volume this year is more than last year, the trade deficit between the two countries will be reduced; it will be a positive development for our country.

From the practical level of operation, we would like to see new elements in the bilateral trade, such as whether the trade deficit with China will be reduced, whether there will be new industries in the economic and trade investment, whether all the races in Malaysia are involved in this economic and trade tide. The structure of the whole bilateral trade must be optimized in order to withstand the recession in the world.
The distinguishing feature of the Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) is its focus on attracting youth, women, emerging industries entrepreneurs and multi-ethnic entrepreneurs. MCCC is the first business association in Malaysia to set up Youth Wing and Women Entrepreneur Committee. By setting this up, MCCC hopes to recruit more women entrepreneurs and youth to join and cultivate more qualified entrepreneurs.

I also wish to set up the branch authorization policy as soon as possible and assign the National Council Members to different committee and do their best. In order to sustain a stable and long-term relationship between Malaysia and China, we must encourage more non-Mandarin speakers to do business in China. This is not only to explore new consumers, also to boost trade volume as well as to create a solid foundation for bilateral relations towards a complete trading system where it does not only involve one ethnicity.

When other races come in contact with China, only then they can really understand the plans behind the rise of China. The Belt and Road initiative is to create a win-win situation, rather than to deprive each other's resources and business opportunities. Assuming that other races are involved and cooperate with China, our vision will be more comprehensive and able to serve the needs of the local community. Couple with the mindset of other races and non-Mandarin-speaking Chinese, it will be better in expressing the views of the nation and striving for a bilateral relation that brings mutual development and prosperity.

We must establish this consensus, not only from the perspective and interest of the people, but also assist in building the relationship between Malaysia and China. This vision and consensus on the future development of bilateral relations will be more robust, unbreakable, and not easily sabotaged by others.

The President of China, Xi Jinping, proposed that "people-to-people bond" is very important and pragmatic when two countries are cooperating. As this will enable other countries to recognize China’s peaceful rise and treat China as a favorable partner to share mutual prosperity. This will create a positive impact to the world in terms of peace and prosperity.

I think that the relationship between the nation in Malaysia and China are an important part of the future of Malaysia, not only in the economic relations, but also in the cultural and educational exchanges.

Due to historical reasons, Mandarin was frequently used as a medium in MCCC in the past. Therefore, it is inconvenient for non-Mandarin speakers to join. MCCC then sets up an English Speaking Committee to attract other races or non-Mandarin-speaking Chinese to join and hopes that the committee will be more active in the future.

MCCC has been providing opportunities for the business community in the past. It has actively organized trade missions and delegations to China to participate in a variety of forums and fairs, such as the Canton Fair, Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo and other fairs in other regions of China. These have attracted a lot of other races to travel together.

With the increasingly closer relationship between Malaysia and China, there are numerous areas that our country can acquire from China, including the form of Internet Plus and investment method.

China's remarkable rapid growth is what we need to learn from. Before the rise of China, it started from a lower development level than our country, then on par with our country, and finally achieved the great leap forward. We should learn how they achieved the great leap from a similar state as Malaysia, especially its investment method, service, package and so forth in the first-tier cities.

Looking at the current global market, the only market that is rapidly growing is the China market. The Chinese in our country is proficient in Mandarin and shares the same language as China. The next rapidly growing market is the Indian market. The Indians in our country also share the same language as India. In the vast halal market, our country has Malays to assist in this.

Malaysia is said to be a blessed country. We should grasp the long-standing friendly relations between China and Malaysia and the opportunities to further promote bilateral relations.