George Town, 24 September 2018 – Malaysia should engage itself more actively in major economic cooperation pacts and look into China’s One Belt, One Road Policy.
Malaysia should have more high-level political dialogues with major economies like China, which has exerted its political, economic and military influence in the Southeast Asian region, to the point of causing tensions in South China Sea.
These are the ideas delivered by Enzo Sim, who is pursuing his Diploma in Mass Communication at KDU Penang University College (KDU Penang), in the Essay Writing Competition 2018 organised by University of Nottingham Malaysia and United Nations Association Malaysia on September 15, 2018.
Enzo won the Commendation Prize for the Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen Award with his essay titled “How to Best Promote Malaysian National Interests in A Rapidly Changing Global Environment”. Participants were required to pen the essay with relevant current affairs knowledge and also align it with United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Enzo's article focused on China's One Belt One Road initiative and it's implications to Malaysia's national interest. He then suggested crucial steps Malaysia can take to remain impartial and yet concretely address its national interest in the global arena.
“Malaysia should engage in more economic dialogues and look seriously at China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative without compromising on the national sovereignty of our country,” said Enzo.
“China is currently undertaking the largest project of the century by building a network of railroads and shipping lanes across of Asia, Africa, Europe and Oceania. Therefore, high level dialogues with China will greatly help the development of our nation in terms of economics, politics and also help the nation achieve the status of a developed country,” he added.
The student was guided by the campus’ Mass Communication lecturer Edmund Ngo, who said Enzo took just a week for complete the essay.
“This type of competition shows that students can still offer good writing geared towards current affairs and politics,” he said.
At the prize giving ceremony, United Nations Association Malaysia (UNAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Dato Seri Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail, presented the prize to Enzo.
The high impact learning in KDU Penang helps students deliver ideas that go well with the current economic and political situations in the country. This learning method will be continued when KDU Penang opens its flagship campus in Metropolis Batu Kawan in 2020.
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