History History

MFTC's Profile

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

 

As of June 2018, Taiwan is ranked as Malaysia’s 6th biggest trading partner.  The total trade between Malaysia and Taiwan from January to June this year was recorded at USD11.1 billion which was an increase of about 34% for the same period in 2017 (USD8.3 billion). Major export sectors from Malaysia in the order of importance include; Electrical & Electronic, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Optical and Scientific Equipment, Petroleum Products, Chemicals & Chemical products.

 

Malaysia’s export to Taiwan was valued at USD 3.7 billion, and Malaysia imported from Taiwan at the value of USD7.4 billion during the mentioned period.

 

On the investment front, Taiwan’s investment in Malaysia as of March 2018 based on approved projects by industries; comprising manufacturing, services and regional establishment, stood at a total of USD5.2 billion.  Major manufacturing sectors for the Taiwanese investment in Malaysia are; rubber products, chemical & chemical products, food manufacturing, transport equipment and electrical & electronics products.

 

On the aspect of people-to people relations, there are around 16,000 Malaysian students studying at higher learning institutions across Taiwan.  The number makes Malaysian students to be the largest foreign students group in Taiwan.  In addition to that, there are also about 8,000 Malaysians who are either working or living in Taiwan.

  

On Tourism, as of June 2018, tourist arrivals from Taiwan were recorded at 160,149 visitors.  The number represents an increase of 16.5% compared to arrivals from January to June last year.

 

 

 

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 - 30.06.2015

10.

Datuk Adeline Leong

03.02.2016 - 30.06.2018

11.

Ms. Sharon Ho Swee Peng

27.02.2019 - current