History History

MFTC's Profile

 

Malaysia established a consular office in Taipei since early 1960s.  Following the closure of the consular office, Malaysia’s presence in Taiwan was represented by the Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) in 1979.  Subsequently, a Trade Office (MATRADE) was set up in October 1983 and this led to the establishment of the Friendship and Trade Exchange Centre (FTEC). The centre was joined by the Visa Division in 1985, and further 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.

 

Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre (MFTC) is the contact point for Malaysia-Taiwan engagement. MFTC is a de-facto Embassy of Malaysia, with an official status of Foreign Service recognized by the Government of Taiwan.

 

Malaysia and Taiwan enjoyed positive trade and investment cooperation over the years. In 2019, Taiwan was ranked as Malaysia’s 6th largest trading partner, while Malaysia was ranked as the 7th largest trading partner of Taiwan. 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. The total trade between Malaysia and Taiwan was recorded at USD 22.68 billion.  Total export to Taiwan was valued at USD 8.91 billion, while total import from Taiwan amounted to USD 13.77 billion.

 

Taiwan remains as Malaysia’s important source of foreign direct investment. Approved investment from Taiwan mainly focused in the industries involving electronics & electrical products, chemical and chemical products, machinery and equipment.

 

Taiwan remains as Malaysia’s top ten important markets with a record of 299,959 Taiwanese tourists visited Malaysia in 2019. Malaysian tourists visited Taiwan was recorded a total of 537,692.Through Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H), Malaysia ranks first among ASEAN countries for retirement tourism. Since its inception in 2012, MM2H has been well-received by more than 120 countries globally.  In 2019, Taiwan remains the top 10 participating countries, with a total approved 1,503 MM2H participants.

 

On people to people exchanges, a total of 21,224 Malaysians residing in Taiwan as of 31 December 2019. Out of this total, 11,650 Malaysian students are currently pursuing tertiary education in Taiwan.

  

 

 

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