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MFTC's Profile

 

  

Consular relations between Malaysia and the Republic of China (ROC) (Taiwan) was established in 1960’s. However following the end of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and the Republic of China (ROC) on 31 May 1974, the Consulate Office in Taipei was closed down. Malaysia’s presence in Taiwan was represented by the Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) in 1979. In October 1983, a Trade Office was set up and led to the establishment of the Friendship and Trade Exchange Centre (FTEC). Visa Division joined FTEC later in 1985.


The Centre was expanded to include the Economics Division in March 1987 with its name changed to the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre (MFTC). In 1987, H.E Dato' Hanafiah Hussain was appointed as the first President of the Centre. Subsequently, Investment Division (MIDA) was established in May 1988 and followed by Tourism Division in 1989.

 

Economically – In 2012, Malaysia was Taiwan 8th largest trading partner and total trade amounted to USD15.2 billion.  Substantial portion of total trade is made up of LNGs and electrical machinery and equipment (imports of LNG from Malaysia 34.1%; exports of electrical equipment to Malaysia 51.14%).  For the period of 2002-2012, Taiwan was 10th largest foreign investor with investments amounting to USD2.0 billion on in 520 projects.

 

 

Tourism – Taiwanese tourist arrivals in Malaysia in 2012 increased by 3.7% from 2011.  The 242,519 visitors surpassed the 230,000 target set up Tourism Malaysia office in Taipei.  Average length of stay for Taiwanese is 6.2 nights.  Kota Kinabalu is a popular destination among Taiwanese.  A total of 809 Taiwan citizens were involved in MM2H program from 2000 to 2012.  For 2013, so far 91 Taiwanese have participated in the MM2H program where most of them had purchased high-end properties in Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Penang.

 

 

PRESIDENTS OF MFTC

TENURE

1.

Dato’ Hanafiah Hussin

1987 – 1988

2.

Datuk Chan Teck Chuan

1989 – 1991

3.

Dato’ Syed Mansor Syed Kassim Barakbah

1991 – 1993

4.

Dato’ Abu Bakar Mahmud

1993 – 1995

5.

Datuk Harun Datu Mansor

1996 – 1999

6.

Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri

11.07.2000 – 09.03.2004

7.

Dato’ Dr. Ku Abd. Rahman Ku Ismail

07.01.2005 – 07.06.2007

8.

Dato' Abdullah Mohd Salleh

24.11.2007 – 01.06.2010

9.

Datuk Yong Teck Shing

08.03.2011 - Present

 

 

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