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OPENING REMARKS BY MS. SHARON HO, PRESIDENT OF MFTC AT THE FENG CHIA UNIVERSITY, TAICHUNG

Prof. Dr. Cheng Shu Kao

Chairman of the Board of Trustee,

 

Prof. Dr. Chuang-Chien Chiu

Vice President of  Feng Chia University, 

 

Prof. Dr. Suppyan Hussin

Representative of Vice Chancellor of UKM and

Director of Institute of the Malay World and Civilization (ATMA), UKM,

 

Prof. Dr. Junaidi Kasdan

Chairperson of 2020 International Conference on Malay Studies (PAPAM)

 

Honourable Guests and participants,

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Good morning,

 

On behalf of the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre, First and foremost, I would like to commend and congratulate the Institute of the Malay World and Civilization, (ATMA) from the National University of Malaysia and Feng Chia University for their excellent and successful efforts in bringing the voice of “Malay” civilization to Taiwan.

 

2.      On behalf of Tan Sri Dato Seri’ Utama Dr. Rais Yatim, Chairman of  Yayasan Budi Penyayang Foundation, it is my great honour and privilege to be given this opportunity to officiate this important conference, jointly collaborated by National University of Malaysia and Feng Chia University.

 

3.       In facing the challenges of the current of outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19), every government continued to make its best efforts to contain this prevalent epidemic.  Despite the challenges we are facing now, I would like to take this opportunity to record my sincere appreciation to the organisers and all participants. Your continued and valuable support, cooperation and contributions have enabled smooth and timely convening of our conference today.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

4.       This conference is indeed timely and in line with the Government of Malaysia’s continued efforts to promote and profile Malay language abroad.  More importantly, this conference provides the opportunity to showcase the central value of Malay language and civilization at the global platform.

 

5.       This conference also marked and bodes well with Taiwan’s continued efforts to expand educational and cultural exchanges through its New Southbound policy with the Southeast Asia countries including Malaysia. 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

6.       I strongly believe that a better appreciation of cultures and languages is vital to promote greater mutual understanding between Malaysia and Taiwan.  This mutual understanding paves way for more positive trade and economic cooperation between Malaysia and Taiwan including promotion of halal products and services as well as tourism. Therefore, I fully commend all the tireless efforts in organizing this conference.  This positive outcome of this conference will set new nuances for Malay studies.

 

7.       Today, with the new and emergence of information and communication technologies, I strongly believe that all information related to Malay studies is easily and widely accessible. Such borderless platform provides Malaysia greater advantage and flexibility to promote greater awareness of Malay languages and civilization among the international community.

 

8.       I am confident that this conference apart from promoting closer educational and cultural exchanges will forge closer people-to-people linkages between Malaysia and Taiwan in various fields of mutual interest. It is my hope that this conference will explore more practical and creative ways including innovative research and development that can drive Malaysia and Taiwan’s cultural and educational exchanges to greater heights.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

9.       With this in mind, I wish everyone an enjoyable conference, with fruitful knowledge-sharing and new discoveries, inspiring discussions and ideas for new forms of cooperation. On this positive note, I look forward to exploring more educational and cultural exchanges in the hope to sustain and build on the positive outcome of this conference, for the mutual benefits of Malaysia and Taiwan in the future.  

 

Thank you.

 

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