Datuk Yong Soo Heong said his father’s hope was for him to acquire a position in the government of Malaysia. Datuk Yong said he started working for Bernama, Malaysian national agency whose customers are both from the government and private sectors, providing news to customers across Malaysia.
He started out as a sports reporter as he loves to play badminton and later on he was transferred to the business section and his live interview with then-prime minister Dr.Mahatir Mohamad on Malaysian economic policy during the financial crisis in 1998 was televised nationwide. Datuk Yong Soo Heong was appointed Chief Executive, the third person to rise to the post in Bernama and the first Chinese Malaysian.
Asked what his challenges were when he led Bernama, he said the transition from business section to political section in his career and the lack of Malaysian reporters who had a good command of English speaking and writing.
Datuk Adeline Leong, the representative of Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre (MFTC) said MFTC functions as the Malaysian representative office in Taiwan with offices including the visa and consular office, the trade division, the investment division, the tourism office and the general affairs office. MFTC promotes bilateral exchanges between Taiwan and Malaysia and looks after the interests of some 5,000 Malaysian citizens living and working in Taiwan and 16,000 Malaysian students studying here.
In 2015, the bilateral trade was US$ 15.44 billion, a slight decrease over 2014 with the total amount of US$18 billion. Jamaliah Jamaludin (JJ), the director of MATRADE (Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation) said the bilateral trade in the first four months of this year increased by 1.6%.
Our guests today are Datuk Leong, the representative of Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre (MFTC), Ms.Jamaliah Jamaludin (JJ), director of MATRADE (Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation), Ms.Nurullydia Ahmad, director of Malaysian Investment Development Authority, Mr.Ahmad Faisal Mohamed, director of Malaysia Tourism Board and Ms.Daphne Chou, project manager of MATRADE.
The United Workers Party (UWP) of Saint Lucia won the general election in June 2016 and Prof.Denys Springer, a research fellow at Academia Sinica, the national academy of Taiwan and former director of Government Information Service of Saint Lucia said he believes the relations between Taiwan and Saint Lucia will continue to grow stronger.
Prof.Denys Springer said Saint Lucia has benefited a lot from Taiwan in a vast majority of areas including in agriculture, food processing, aquaculture, public health and infrastructure. Prof.Denys Springer stated that Saint Lucia mainly depends on revenue from tourism and banana production, adding that Saint Lucia should transform itself into a high-tech island like Taiwan. Taiwan has helped fight black sigatoka, a banana leaf spot disease and Saint Lucia used to be an important exporter of bananas to Europe.More
Taiwan and Saint Lucia resumed diplomatic ties in 2007 after a ten-year break and in 2015, Saint Lucia opened its embassy in Taipei, the first embassy of Saint Lucia in Asia. On June 9, President Tsai Ing-wen and Premier Lin Chuan sent congratulations to the new prime minister of Saint Lucia. Political Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Allen Chastanet, was officially sworn in as Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, succeeding Dr. Kenny Anthony on June 7, 2016.
Prof.Denys Springer, a research fellow at Academia Sinica, the national academy of Taiwan and former director of Government Information Service of Saint Lucia believes the new administration in Saint Lucia will work closer with the new government of Taiwan.More
The ambassador of Nauru, Ambassador Ludwig Keke has been posted in Taiwan for nine and a half years and he said the most challenging part of his work during his posting was the establishment the embassy in Taiwan, adding that many people and diplomats from other countries gave a helping hand such as the former ambassador of the Solomon Islands. Asked what he likes most about Taiwan, he said the friendliness of the people and that when he finds out that his wife, Mme Ann Keke can walk alone in the middle of night safely without any worry, he is happy as well.
Mme Ann Keke said the memories they are going to take back to Nauru include the friendliness of the people, the food, the safety of the city and the convenience of multi-purpose convenience stores in Taiwan where you can pick up your laundry or products purchased on line, buy tickets, apart from the normal functions of convenience stores in other countries.
They have been happily married for almost fifty years with two sons; Kieren Keke, a former minister of foreign affairs of Nauru and house speaker; the other is Kristian Keke, a senior pilot for Japan-based ANA airlines (All Nippon Airways). Mme Ann Keke said the most challenging part being a diplomat’s wife is that she doesn’t get to be with family members all the time.More