KOTA KINABALU – In response to the demand of the Chinese Community in Sabah, a China Consulate General’s office will be established in the State soon.
The China’s Counsel General for Kuching Liu Quan said it should be ready by the first quarter of this year.
He was in the State capital an advance team led by the Deputy General of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, Sun Xiaowu to seek a suitable location for the Consulate General’s office.
“Our first priority is to find the right place to set-up the Consulate General’s office or acquire a temporary place. Moves are underway to identify a suitable location and we received a lot of help from the State government and local Chinese community in Sabah, a Consul-general for the office will be appointed soon,” Liu said.
The Consulate General’s office was among two requests made by the State Government, Liu said adding that the other request was to set-up China banks in the state to boost the economic sector for both countries.
“The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and the Bank of China had done a research to carry out feasibility studies here in Sabah. I hope that after the opening of the Consulate General’s office, they will give it further consideration,” he said.
Liu also believed that good rapport between Sabah and China, would further boost cooperation into other fields including infrastructure, agriculture, scientific research and development as well as education.
According to Liu, last year, there were about 3000,000 Chinese arrivals in Sabah and in the next five years it is expected to receive at least four million arrivals.
“I came here five times, I understand that Sabah is a safe place to visit. The people here are very warm and kind. The scenery are beautiful and the food are delicious. I am confident that more Chinese tourists will come,” he said.
Earlier, Liu met with the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman at his official residence in Sri Gaya.
During that time, Musa welcomed the setting up of the Consul General Office in the state, saying it would certainly facilitate the needs of Chinese nationals visiting and working in the state.
“Visitors from China feel welcomed here because we are a multi racial and multi cultural state where peace and harmony prevails,” he said in a statement today. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah