Durian fest in China to ‘share hap­pi­ness with the Chi­nese’

New Straits Times - - News / Nation -

QINZHOU (China): “Malaysia’s duri­ans are the best in the world!” said Com­mu­nist Party of China Qinzhou com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Wang Ge­bing dur­ing a cour­tesy call by a Malaysian del­e­ga­tion led by Agri­cul­ture and Agrobased In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Shabery Cheek here on Fri­day.

Though Malaysia was await­ing ap­proval for the Chi­nese govern­ment to ex­port fresh durian to China, es­pe­cially the pop­u­lar Mu­sang King, Wang said the “king of fruits” had al­ways been loved by the Chi­nese, es­pe­cially the peo­ple of Qinzhou.

Shabery, who is in China in con­junc­tion with the highly-an­tic­i­pated Malaysian Durian Fes­ti­val 2017 in Guangxi, replied that the durian had al­ways been a sym­bol of love and hap­pi­ness in Malaysia, and that the Malaysian govern­ment de­cided to hold the fes­ti­val to sig­nify the shar­ing of hap­pi­ness with the Chi­nese peo­ple.

“Dur­ing an ear­lier visit last year, I asked ev­ery­body I met in China, do you like durian?

“I was sur­prised with the pos­i­tive re­sponse, which was why I pro­posed to hold a durian fes­ti­val here.

“This time, I brought durian as well and bird’s nest in­dus­try play­ers to bring hap­pi­ness and share things that Malaysians like.

“Which is why we wanted to con­vey our grat­i­tude for the warm re­la­tion­ship with China, by hold­ing this durian fes­ti­val,” he told Qinzhou’s high­est-ranked leader.

The min­is­ter was ac­com­pa­nied by Malaysian Am­bas­sador to China Datuk Zain­ud­din Yahya, Malaysian Con­sul-General to Nan­ning Bong Yik Jui, min­istry deputy sec­re­tary-general Datuk Mohd Salle­hud­din Has­san and other se­nior of­fi­cials. Ber­nama

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