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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (centre) poses for a photo with Malaysian students in Tokyo, Japan during a seven-day visit to the Land of the Rising Sun, on February 18, 2024. — Picture via X/AHMAD ZAHID HAMIDI

Promote Malaysian products, brands abroad, Zahid tells diaspora

TOKYO, Feb 19 — About 200 Malaysians in Japan tonight had the opportunity to meet Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is on a seven-day working visit to the Land of the Rising Sun.

The Malaysian community, consisting of students and individuals residing and working in the country, posted various questions to Zahid during the dinner and Chinese New Year celebration event held at a hotel here.

Moderated by Muhammad Fareez Jamali, a student at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, the guests also posted questions regarding the country’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) agenda and inquired about the development of Malaysia’s medical sector and halal industry.

Earlier in his speech, Zahid urged Malaysians living and working abroad to promote the country’s products and brands, citing it as ‘our responsibility’.

“Even though we may not receive any rewards, out of that sense of pride, we (should) promote our products abroad, whether they are food or services,” he said.

In the afternoon, Zahid, who is also the rural and regional development minister, met with about 70 students at a restaurant near Aqua City Odaiba.

During the visit, which will conclude on February 23, Zahid is expected to make courtesy calls and hold discussions focusing on the Malaysia-Japan efforts to empower TVET and the halal industry.

It marks his maiden visit to Japan since his appointment as deputy prime minister in December 2022 under the Madani Government.

Zahid is also expected to receive an honorary degree from the Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo in recognition of his contributions to strengthening Malaysia-Japan technical education and efforts to elevate TVET.

In his capacity as the chairman of the National TVET Council Committee, he is also scheduled to discuss with Japan’s Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Masahito Moriyama.

While in Osaka, Zahid will attend an engagement session with the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a roundtable session: ‘Connecting the Halal Ecosystem Between Malaysia and Japan to Enhance Trade, Investment, and Quality Jobs.’

Zahid, who is also Malaysian Halal Council chairman, is slated to visit Sanda Shokuniku Kosha Co. Ltd, a slaughterhouse for halal beef, to observe the operations.

Accompanying him are Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir, Majlis Amanah Rakyat chairman Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, senior officers from relevant ministries and agencies, and representatives from higher education institutions.

— Bernama

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