Malaysia China relations 2a: Bandar Malaysia backed by Chinese and local banks, China envoy praises Malaysia, a capitulation to China?

View latest on China-Malaysia economic integration, blog posting on Malaysia-China relations covers Sep 2015-Jun 2016, Another blog posting started with the rise and wane of the MH370 crisis (and I need to update that one for the recent issues of MH370):

17 June 2016: Bandar Malaysia backed by Chinese and local banks, China envoy praises Malaysia, a capitulation to China?

Source: The Edge Financial Daily June 17, 2016  

Malaysia capitulation to China?

The Way of Amicable Consultations - Enlightenment from both China's and Malaysia's Approach to South China Sea Disputes (From Chinese Embassy in Malaysia) 2016/06/13

Chinese envoy praises Najib’s leadership 22 March 2016

14 June 2016: All aboard - KL Singapore high-speed rail project, OBOR has 30 cooperation agreements signed with countries along the route

KL-Singapore high-speed rail project – China on board BY PATRICK LEE 13 June 2016 | MYT 9:51 AM

China’s belt initiative begins packaging projects by Vincent Lingga May 25, 2016 -- ....the tone of discussions and mood among more than 1,000 government and business leaders from Asia and Europe and the Middle East attending the first Belt and Road summit here last Wednesday was quite positive, full of expectations of a much faster pace of infrastructure development to enhance connectivity within Asia and between Asia and Europe.... Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress, who opened the Summit, asserted that the initiative had started generating concrete infrastructure projects. ... Zhang said over 30 cooperation agreements had been signed with countries along the OBOR route, including several energy, road, rail and seaport projects worth tens of billions of dollars to form the China-Pakistan economic corridor, one of six economic corridors involving 65 countries in Asia and Europe. ... 
 HKTDC Research

12 January 2016: Rise of China interests in Malaysia - bauxite supply chain via Kuantan Port, purchase of power and property assets of 1MDB and property deals in Johor-Iskandar zone, and also in Penang

Pahang bauxite mining crisis


Johor / Iskandar watch,

28 November 2015: China clout in Malaysia set to grow (despite TPPA) with 15% interest in Malaysia power sector?

1MDB (update 48a): 1MDB power assets sale to China for RM9.83/US$2.3 billion with "misadventure" RM2.79 billion loss and debt of RM12 billion still to be paid. China clout to grow just after TPPA deal moving ahead. Bank Negara fines AmBank over 1MDB related transactions? Kevin Morais mystery (thumb drive of evidence?), WSJ and New York-related allegations on 1MDB-Najib issues.

19 October 2015: MCKIP draws investments from China worth RM2.2 billion, Iskandar/Johor eyes large scale Chinese industries while slamming China provocation in South China Seas and moving with US-driven TPPA. Najib placates Malaysian Chinese ruffled feathers.  

Editor's note: There are a lot of migrant guest workers form Nepal in KL. At the bakery shop, I met the very friendly Nepal supervisor. He had been away for a few months as he had to go home to help his family, whose home was badly damaged by the earthquake, but fortunately his family was well. They are getting aid from China for rebuilding and he also mentioned that relations with India had deteriorated badly and Nepal was relying more on China. So, I am prompted to put in some snippets on Nepal-China and Sri Lanka-China that just caught my eye.

For Malaysia's balancing act between China and USA, the shift with TPPA moving ahead will be evolving faster. More negative talk on the foreign policy front on South China Seas, which now points to a solidly emerging trend. But still hoping for China FDI. PM Najib placates Malaysia Chinese feelings over something heated up over China envoy comments marring relations too.

MCKIP draws investments from China worth RM2.2 billion Published: 19 September 2015 7:49 PM The Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP) in the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) continues to record significant progress with two more investors from China with total investments amounting RM2.2 billion. The new investors are Guangxi Zhongli Enterprise Group Co., Ltd. with RM2 billion investment for the development of a light industry industrial park within MCKIP and manufacturing of clay porcelain and ceramic, and Zkenergy (Yiyang) New Resource Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (ZKenergy) with RM200 million investment for the development of an engineering and production-based centre that will produce renewable energy for MCKIP. With the new investments, the total investment amount attracted by MCKIP to date stands at RM12.8 billion. - See more at:

Johor hopes to tap large scale Chinese industries   By Halim Said - 14 October 2015 @ 5:49 PM NUSAJAYA: Johor is hoping to tap into various large scale industries from China, especially in the manufacturing sector.  Johor Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (JACCCI) vice-president Datuk Tan Seng Leong said the association was bullish and is on the look out for suitable land in the state to accomodate demand from Chinese investors.   "There has been a lot of demand from Chinese investors to set up their operations in Johor," said Tan.   According to Tan, with the rising costs of operation and labour, including the increase in utility tariff in China, Johor was particularly attractive to Chinese investors.   Tan said for large scale industries from China to grow in Johor, there is a need for a bigger land area estimated at around 1,200 to 2,000 hectare to accomodate demand.

China manufacturers plan to locate ops in Johor By: ZAZALI MUSA Thursday, 15 October 2015

Armed forces chief hits out at Beijing’s ‘unwarranted provocation’ in South China Sea Published: 18 October 2015 3:06 PM - See more at:

Malaysia slams China's 'provocation' in South China Sea - China's construction work on islands in the disputed South China Sea is "unwarranted provocation", Malaysia's armed forces chief said on Sunday, in a rare public comment about the spat from a country which has its own claims in the seas. UPDATED: 18 Oct 2015 14:41

Chinese are "sons of Malaysia", says Najib Sunday, Oct 18, 2015; SHAH ALAM - Chinese are not pendatang as they are "sons of Malaysia" who have contributed to the nation's development and growth, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. "You have done your part. You were born here and you grew up here, when you die your ashes will be scattered here," Najib said at Gerakan's delegates conference on Sunday.On Chinese schools, Najib reiterated that they "are here to stay.""We are the only Southeast Asian country besides China and Taiwan that has Chinese education, so as much as you can complain, you cannot deny the benefit," he said. - See more at:

Sri Lanka and Nepal - China

Let bygones be bygones, Colombo urges Beijing, as Chinese loans take their toll UPDATED : Sunday, 18 October, 2015, 10:18pm Debasish Roy Chowdhury Sri Lanka is urging China to put their disputes behind them and help the South Asian nation through one of its worst financial crises ever, caused partly by excessive Chinese loans contracted by the previous government of Beijing ally Mahinda Rajapaksa. “Chinese loans are a big part of our problem. A bulk of the government expenditure goes into servicing them,” Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told the South China Morning Post in an exclusive interview.

Sri Lanka says would consider visit by China navy ships; BEIJING (Reuters) - Sri Lanka would consider allowing Chinese naval ships to visit again but no request has been forthcoming yet, the country's defense secretary said on Sunday. Sri Lanka's previous government had caused concern in India with its close ties to Beijing, including allowing Chinese submarines to dock. New Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has unnerved China though with his re-examination of relations, including a $1.5-billion Chinese-invested "port city" project in the capital Colombo. Visiting Beijing in February, Sri Lanka's foreign minister said future visits by Chinese submarines were unlikely.... 

Sri Lanka to allow Chinese submarines to visit, says PM Wickremesinghe

How China pipped India at Nepal post  By M.K. Bhadrakumar on October 17, 2015 in Asia Times News & Features, South Asia  As Nepal arrives on the South Asian political landscape as its brand new secular, democratic republic, it is ‘Communist’ China that is in celebratory mood. India is sulking. Beijing is obviously pleased with the election of a communist leader as the prime minister of Nepal, who, by the way, also used to be a ‘Maoist’ at one time in his long chequered political life. The contrast could not be sharper. Beijing looks forward with optimism that the new political dispensation under the leadership of Khadga Prashad Oli as Nepal’s new prime minister augurs well for an intensification of the bilateral cooperation. It is a fresh beginning insofar as Nepal is returning to constitutional rule.

‘China has filled vacuum left by India’ Kathmandu,  October 18, 2015  Pro-China sentiments can be heard also among the Constitutional fraternity of Nepal.  After hours of brain-storming in Singha Durbar, Nepal’s new Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa left for Delhi and a little later, an electricity outage reminded Nepal of the need to bring an end to the fuel blockade, which is Mr Thapa’s task in Delhi.

30 September 2015: Mahathir - Putrajaya overreacted to Huang's remarks, blames government for race perceptions

 Putrajaya overreacted to Huang's remarks, says ex-PM Published Today 1:22 pm     Updated Today 2:12 pm; ...."The relationship between China and Malaysia is greater than just the words said by the ambassador who was concerned by race issues that were actually promoted by the government," Mahathir (photo) said. Mahathir's remarks comes as experts on China said Wisma Putra's move to call in Huang was unnecessary and that it should have been dealt with privately..... The whole row can be traced back to the Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu rally on Sept 16, during which red clad protesters clashed with police barring them from entering Petaling Street. This itself was reaction to allegedly anti-Malay insults made during the supposedly Chinese-dominated Bersih 4 rally. Mahathir blamed the government for this perception. "It was the government that mistranslated (Bersih) as a racial issue. It seems that Bersih was a Chinese movement to overthrow a Malay government which is not true at all. "The Bersih demonstration was not Chinese (dominated). Lots of Malays were involved... and what they asked was for the prime minister to step down and to have a better election mechanism. nothing about race at all," he said.
Mahathir has staunchly defended the Bersih 4 rally from criticism, though he said he does not care for the organisers.

29 September 2015: Stop meddling in Chinese envoy issue, Anifah Aman ticks off ministers, China defends actions of its envoy to Malaysia  

Stop meddling in Chinese envoy issue, Anifah Aman ticks off ministers Published: 29 September 2015 8:08 AM; Malaysiakini had reported Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz‎ as saying that Reezal had breached protocol when he allegedly summoned Huang to Wisma Putra. However, Reezal told The Malaysian Insider that the order came from Anifah. Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaludin had also reportedly weighed in on the matter, saying Malaysia must send a signal to other countries not to meddle in its affairs. But Anifah said the issue should not have concerned other ministries, as it was usually handled by Wisma Putra’s senior officers. “I want to explain that summoning the Chinese ambassador to Wisma Putra is a normal practice,” said Anifah. “The purpose was to request an explanation from him over the statements he made during his visit to Petaling Street the other day. “Wisma Putra only wanted him to confirm whether his comments had been misinterpreted or otherwise.” He said such a practice was in line with Article 41 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961. - See more at:

China must stay out of Malaysia’s internal affairs, says Khairy Published: 28 September 2015 8:55 PM - See more at:

China defends actions of its envoy to Malaysia Published 2 hours ago Teo Cheng Wee China Correspondent In Beijing and Shannon Teoh Malaysia Correspondent In Kuala Lumpur; ...Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said yesterday that Ambassador Huang Huikang's visit to Petaling Street for the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival was a "normal" activity. Mr Hong pointed out that China "adheres to principles of peace coexistence" and "does not interfere in other countries' domestic politics or intervene in other countries' internal affairs". "China and Malaysia are friendly neighbours, we hope that Malaysia can maintain national unity and stability and ethnic harmony," he said at a daily news briefing....

27 September 2015: China envoy's visit to Petaling Street - Statement from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia - Chinese envoy’s trip to Petaling Street a goodwill visit , Utusan asks for apology

Chinese envoy must apologise or go back to his country, Utusan says Sunday September 27, 201512:31 PM GMT+8 - See more at:

Statement from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia - Chinese envoy’s trip to Petaling Street a goodwill visit Updated: Sunday September 27, 2015 MYT 7:56:58 AM; ON Sept 25, Chinese Ambassador Huang Huikang and his wife visited Petaling Street on the occasion of the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls today. This is truly a goodwill visit as the ambassador enjoyed celebrating this important traditional festival with the local communities. He paid such visits many times, such as on Spring Festival, Hari Raya and Deepavali. This visit became more remarkable as many Chinese were planning their overseas trip for the forthcoming long holidays and the recent news about this landmark really aroused the concern of many Chinese tourists about their security while travelling in Malaysia. Ambassador Huang wished to show that Petaling Street is still a peaceful and attractive destination and so is Malaysia. The last thing he would like to see is that his goodwill be misunderstood, twisted or used against the China-Malaysia friendly ties. He especially regrets to see some politicians with ulterior motives playing games with his visit and using this against the Malaysian government that he fully respects and supports... — Statement from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia;

Envoy: China against terrorism, discrimination and extremism  by qishin tariq AND adrian chan Updated: Friday September 25, 2015 MYT 8:55:52 PM KUALA LUMPUR: China is against those who resort to violence to disrupt public order, said the country's ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang.  "The Chinese government opposes terrorism and any form of discrimination against races and any form of extremism,” he told reporters during his visit to Petaling Street on Friday.  Dr Huang warned that Beijing would not fear voicing out against incidents which threaten the interests of the country, infringe upon the rights of its citizens in doing business, or disrupt the relationship between Malaysia and China. During his visit, Dr Huang, his wife, along with other officials from the Chinese embassy presented traders with moon cakes in conjunction with the Mid Autumn Festival.  He was impressed that Malaysia's Chinatown was not run solely by the Chinese but also comprised of traders of various races.  "Business is good here. There are many tourists. I am proud to see Chinese traders working closely with Malay and Indian traders in harmony in developing this area," he said.  He added that it would be sad if the peaceful environment was destroyed by those with questionable intentions, referring to the planned red-shirt rally on Saturday.

Wisma Putra summons Chinese ambassador by rahmah ghazali Updated: Sunday September 27, 2015 MYT 9:32:11 AM
Red shirts’ Jamal released from Dang Wangi police station by nicholas cheng Updated: Sunday September 27, 2015 MYT 9:27:08 AM

Despite arrest of #Merah169 leader, fear lingers in Chinatown By Syed Jaymal Zahiid Saturday September 26, 201504:38 PM GMT+8 - See more at:

Chinese envoy’s remarks unfortunate, can be manipulated, says ex-MCA leader Published: 26 September 2015 5:28 PM | Updated: 26 September 2015 10:26 PM - See more at: