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Datuk Yong Soo Heong talks about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy On the Line
2017-03-19
  • Datuk Yong Soo Heong talks about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

    Datuk Yong Soo Heong talks about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

    Datuk Yong Soo Heong presents schoolbags for school children from the lower income group (Photo by Datuk Yong Soo Heong)
  • Datuk Yong Soo Heong talks about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

    Datuk Yong Soo Heong talks about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

    Datuk Yong Soo Heong (Photo by Datuk Yong Soo Heong)
  • Datuk Yong Soo Heong talks about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

    Datuk Yong Soo Heong talks about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

    Datuk Yong Soo Heong, represented Bernama when he was Chief Executive (Photo by Datuk Yong Soo Heong)
  • Datuk Yong Soo Heong talks about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

    Datuk Yong Soo Heong talks about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

    Datuk Yong Soo Heong (Photo by Datuk Yong Soo Heong)
  • Datuk Yong Soo Heong talks about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

    Datuk Yong Soo Heong talks about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

    Datuk Yong Soo Heong,a Trustee of Yayasan SALAM Malaysia, presents a cheque to the needy (Photo by Datuk Yong Soo Heong)

Datuk Yong Soo Heong was invited by Taiwan’s foreign ministry in late 2016 to witness what the government has been doing to promote the New Southbound Policy. In January this year, he submitted articles to his former company, Bernama, Malaysian national agency and the Edge Financial Daily, the most prestigious business and investment weekly in Malaysia. In his article, he talked about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy in the areas of education and investment. 

 

In the area of education, Datuk Yong Soo Heong said apart from Taiwanese government’s decision to increase the quota of scholarships from 20 to 30 Malaysian students, he said the educational institutions and the Taiwanese government should also hold education fairs in ASEAN countries and provide workshops as well as training to local institution to attract more non-ethnic Chinese to pursue higher education in Taiwan. Currently, around 15,000 Malaysian students, mostly Malaysian Chinese, are studying in Taiwan.

Prof.Dana Arieli, Israeli photographer and historian hopes to capture Taiwan through the lens

Prof.Dana Arieli, Israeli photographer and historian hopes to capture Taiwan through the lens

Prof.Dana Arieli, Israeli photographer and historian hopes to capture Taiwan through the lens

2016-10-02 01:00:00

The exhibition of Country Focus at Taiwan Designers’ Week 2016 houses a collection of 42 works from Israel in collaboration with Holon Institute of Technology. Professor Dana Arieli, a professor at H.I.T Holon Institute of Technology is in Taiwan to attend the event. She was Dean of Design Faculty at H.I.T Holon Institute of Technology between 2004-2012 and once served as the head of History and Theory Department at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Her research deals with interrelations between Art and Politics in both totalitarian and democratic systems. She said when there is an oppression, there is no autonomy in art. She has published a few books and one of them is The Nazi Phantom: A Journey after the Third Reich

 

For more information on High Contrast at Taiwan Designers’ Week 2016.

http://www.highcontrast-hit.com/ 

Fore more about Prof.Dana Arieli,

http://danaarieli.com/

 

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RTI Interviews DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang

RTI Interviews DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang

RTI Interviews DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang

2016-09-25 01:00:00

DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang said as part of the New Southbound Policy, the government of Taiwan has recently relaxed visa requirements for Southeast Asian tourists, in August, citizens of Thailand and Brunei were granted visa-free entry to Taiwan and in September, visa requirements for nationals of Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos have been relaxed. Similar visa relaxation has been previously granted to passport holders of Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and India.

 

DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang said that with the decrease in the number of mainland Chinese tourists, maybe it is a good time for the travel agencies and tour bus operators to switch their target customers to tourists from Southeast Asia now, adding that she understands the challenges ahead with the lack of tour guides who speak languages of Southeast Asian countries. She said she will also listen to different opinions and concerns voiced by the travel agencies and tour bus operators to help solve the problems together.

 

You Tube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBhOYL68cg0

 

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Interview with DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang

Interview with DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang

Interview with DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang

2016-09-18 01:00:00

DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang said President Tsai Ing-wen has been in office for more than 100 days now and the new administration has carried out many reforms including labor and pension reforms, adding that reforms take a long time and we should give the government some time.

 

Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang said the aim of the government is to establish a sustainable pension system to ensure that all retirees in Taiwan can have a good standard of living. Pension reforms will be guided by principles to ensure that seniors have a basic livelihood. It is necessary to have the pension reform now, according to the statistics, spending on civil servants’ pension accounts for 8% of the government’s annual budget and each retiree receives an average pension payment of more than NT$56,000 (USD$1,780) per month, more than double the amount for laborers. These retirees include veterans, retired civil servants and school teachers. Apart from that, they enjoy the 18% preferential interest rate on pension deposits.

  

You Tube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBhOYL68cg0

 

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Mrs.Lupthawan Walsh talks about Thai migrant workers in Taiwan

Mrs.Lupthawan Walsh talks about Thai migrant workers in Taiwan

Mrs.Lupthawan Walsh talks about Thai migrant workers in Taiwan

2016-09-11 01:00:00

The number of migrant workers in Taiwan has totaled around 590,000 people, an increase of 220,000 workers over the last decade. Most of the workers are from Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand. There are around 60,000 Thai workers in Taiwan and according to the head of the Labor Division of Taipei Office of the Thailand Trade and Economic Office, Mrs.Lupthawan Walsh, most of them are engaged in the manufacturing industry. Some do the construction work. 41,000 of whom are located in the northern and central parts of Taiwan and 19,000 in the south. Thai workers are known for their hard-working attitude and have become important in many labor markets around the world including in the Middle East, and Korea. Taiwan is the largest recipient of Thai workers so far.

 

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Taiwan’s 2016 International Elite Leadership Seminar

Taiwan’s 2016 International Elite Leadership Seminar

Taiwan’s 2016 International Elite Leadership Seminar

2016-09-04 01:00:00

In late August, Taiwan’s International elite leadership seminar sponsored by Taiwan’s foreign ministry brought together 26 young elites from Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus and Mongolia. Some of them work for their governments and parliaments, while others are involved with the media, NGOs and academic institutions.

 

Our guests this week are Ms.Yulia Tolkishevskaya, Analyst of International Cooperation Department at Skolkovo Foundation in Russia, Ms.Ana Diakonidze, a lecturer at Tbilisi State University (TSU) in Georgia and Ms.Olga Rosca, media adviser at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development based in London. Olga Rosca is from Moldova.

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Prof.Ido Bruno showcases earthquake-proof tables in Taiwan

Prof.Ido Bruno showcases earthquake-proof tables in Taiwan

Prof.Ido Bruno showcases earthquake-proof tables in Taiwan

2016-08-28 01:00:00

Professor Ido Bruno, a professor at Israel’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design,recently visited Taiwan to showcase to the Taiwanese the earthquake-proof tables. The table, designed by Bezalel student Arthur Brutter and his instructor Ido Bruno, is engineered to shield two students from a ton of debris and falling objects when an earthquake strikes. The earthquake-proof desk can withstand a vertical impact tests of up to 1000 kg.

The idea, according to Professor Ido Bruno came from his student, Arthur Brutter’s soldier friend who witnessed children killed in the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Professor Ido Bruno said the cost of the earthquake-proof table should not be more than twice as much as a standard table. He understands that many schools in developing countries cannot afford these tables but his is aim is to provide affordable protection to people in earthquake-prone areas of the world and not to make money. So for each country, he has a tailor-made strategy, for example in Bhutan, the patent owner, A.D. Meraz company gives the sole copyright for free to produce the tables in that south Asian country.

 

If you would like to know more about the earthquake-proof table, please visit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPtM3dBGQck.

http://www.dezeen.com/2012/04/11/earthquake-proof-table-by-arthur-brutterand-ido-bruno/

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Mozambique representative, Achilles Yeh encourages Taiwanese to invest in Mozambique

Mozambique representative, Achilles Yeh encourages Taiwanese to invest in Mozambique

Mozambique representative, Achilles Yeh encourages Taiwanese to invest in Mozambique

2016-08-21 01:00:00

Mr.Achilles Yeh, the representative of Mozambique Investment Promotion Centre said his office was founded in Taiwan three years ago to promote investment opportunities and provide assistance to FDI (Foreign Direct Investment). His main job is also to target certain Taiwanese industries to invest in Mozambique, for example, manufacturing and value added chains.

Products in Mozambique need to be re-packaged to add value to be exported to other countries and in 2015, two Taiwanese companies in Taiwan invested in packaging industries in Mozambique.

 

The Mozambique representative added that Mozambique has a population of between 23-25 million but the market around the region is around 100-150 million. Most importantly, Mozambique has a rise in consumerism. In the last five years, he has seen an increase of investment from Southeast Asian countries as well.

 

Recently he invited three famous Mozambique musicians: Walter Mabas, Orlando Venhereque,and Dua Maciel, not only to showcase Mozambique music but to let more Taiwanese get to know more about this exotic destination.

 

 

Preview of the interview on You Tube

https://youtu.be/mHhc6Ep1mjs

 

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MIPC showcases Mozambique music in Taiwan

MIPC showcases Mozambique music in Taiwan

MIPC showcases Mozambique music in Taiwan

2016-08-14 01:00:00

Mozambique is strategically located in the southeast coast of Africa and a group of famous musicians from Mozambique came to Taiwan this week to participate in the 2016 Taipei Jazz Festival. Mr.Achilles Yeh, the representative of Mozambique Investment Promotion Centre (MIPC) said the reason his office invited the musicians is to let more music lovers in Taiwan know about music in Mozambique and to promote cultural and trade exchanges through music performance.

 

Mr.Achilles Yeh said the three musicians are famous singers and players namely Walter Mabas, a guitarist and composer, Orlando Venhereque, a saxophone and flute performer, and Dua Maciel, a singer and composer.

 

Preview of the interview on You Tube

https://youtu.be/mHhc6Ep1mjs

 

For information regarding the performers from Mozambique

Dua Maciel https://www.dropbox.com/s/8qkfdadwuimy9ld/Dua%20Maciel%20Perform.mp3?dl=0

Valter Mabass https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3f27xv08wmxuam1/AABf_ZM4dHHivsheuIW6wGrXa?dl=0 

Orlando Venhereque

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dv7wn5klxz4vldx/AAAaCC-p-NJvpLy0HXIhIjrEa?dl=0

 

 

 

 

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Datuk Adeline Leong says she hopes to promote more Taiwan-Malaysia exchanges

Datuk Adeline Leong says she hopes to promote more Taiwan-Malaysia exchanges

Datuk Adeline Leong says she hopes to promote more Taiwan-Malaysia exchanges

2016-08-07 01:00:00

Datuk Adeline Leong, the representative of Malaysia said she hopes the bilateral trade and investment between Taiwan and Malaysia can be further enhanced. More than 1,750 Taiwanese companies have invested in Malaysia. And there have been 40 cases of Malaysian investment in Taiwan up to May with a total amount of USD$12.7 million.

 

Datuk Adeline Leong, the representative of Malaysia said a leading real estate company from Taiwan has set up branches in Malaysia to promote the sale of high-end properties in Malaysia to Taiwanese. Around 100 Taiwanese have participated in Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) program where most of them had purchased properties in Malaysia. MM2H is an international residency program enacted by the Malaysian government to allow foreigners to live in Malaysia on a long-stay visa.

 

Asked what the Malaysian representative office in Taiwan hopes to achieve in the near future, Datuk Adeline Leong said she hopes to promote more people-to-people contact and hopes there will be a sister city relationship between the two capital cities of Taipei and Kuala Lumpur. As a member of the Rotary Club International, she already witnessed the close contact between clubs in Taiwan and Malaysia.

 

To find out more, let’s hear from 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.

 

You Tube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDjVuC_QPM4

 

 

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Song of the Wagons

Du Fu -- Song of the Wagons

Du Fu -- Song of the Wagons

2016-08-02 15:19:15

On this week's Book of Odes, another poem from the great Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu tells of the heartache of conscript soldiers being sent from their villages to guard the western frontiers of the empire.

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Datuk Adeline Leong says people to people contact between Taiwan and Malaysia has increased

Datuk Adeline Leong says people to people contact between Taiwan and Malaysia has increased

Datuk Adeline Leong says people to people contact between Taiwan and Malaysia has increased

2016-07-31 01:00:00

Datuk Adeline Leong, the representative of Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre (MFTC) said people to people contact between Taiwan and Malaysia has increased over the years.

 

In March this year, Taiwan’s budget airline launched its flight to Sabah, a popular destination for Taiwanese because of its scenic beauty. Ahmad Faisal Mohamed, the director of Malaysia Tourism Board said in 2015, around 283,000 Taiwanese visited Malaysia, an increase of 34% over the five-year period with a total number of 211,000 Taiwanese arrivals in 2011.

 

In the area of trade and investment, Taiwan has become 10 top approved investment source of FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) into Malaysia with approved investment of 1.3 billion MYR (around USD$329 million). Between January and May this year, there were 40 cases of Malaysian investment in Taiwan with a total amount of USD$12.7 million.

 

To find out more, let’s hear from 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.

 

You Tube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDjVuC_QPM4

 

 

 

 

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MFTC says Taiwan-Malaysia relationship is strong

MFTC says Taiwan-Malaysia relationship is strong

MFTC says Taiwan-Malaysia relationship is strong

2016-07-24 01:00:00

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.

 

You Tube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDjVuC_QPM4

 

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