30-May-2005HARI : Isnin

His Excellency Wu Bangguo
( to pronounce as WU PANG QUO )
Chairman of the Standing Committee
of the National People’s Congress
People’s Republic of China


Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

A very good afternoon

I thank you for this opportunity to be the moderator for the IDFR Public Lecture, featuring His Excellency Wu Bangguo of the People’s Republic of China.

In continuing my salutations, please allow me to extend a warm welcome to our distinguished Speaker, His Excellency Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, People’s Republic of China for graciously agreeing to deliver his lecture despite his tight schedule.

I would also like to welcome members of His Excellency’s delegation, members of the diplomatic corps, Heads of Ministries and Departments, captains of industries, members of the media and all present. I join Ambassador Dr. Fauziah Mohd Taib in thanking you all for honouring us with your presence.

This afternoon’s lecture, entitled “Deepening Good-Neighbourly Friendship in a Joint Effort for Asian Prosperity.” I believe this is a topic of great interest as these events unfold before our eyes in the region.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen

Before I invite His Excellency Wu Bangguo to deliver his lecture, allow me to give a brief introduction of our distinguished Speaker by highlighting the major appointments of his most illustrious career.

His Excellency Wu Bangguo was born in 1941 in Feidong County, Anhui Province. He graduated as an engineer from Tsinghua University in 1967. He began his professional career in the same year with Shanghai No. 3 Electronic Tube Factory and rose through the ranks to become the Deputy Manager for Shanghai Electron Tube Company in 1979.

His Excellency’s political credentials began as far back as April 1964 when he joined the Communist Party of China (CPC). In 1983, he became a Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Shanghai Municipal and Secretary of the CPC Municipal Committee in Charge of Science and Technology. His political career continued to brighten with his appointment as a Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee in 1992. In 1994, while still a Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, he was also made a Member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee. In 1995, he was appointed as Vice-Premier of the State Council before becoming the Secretary for the Work Committee of Large Enterprises of CPC Central Committee in 1998. Since 2002, His Excellency has held several important posts including appointments in the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th CPC Central Committees. Finally in March 2003, he was elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee of the 10th National People’s Congress, a post which he holds till today.

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen

With those remarks, please welcome our distinguished Speaker, His Excellency Wu Bangguo.

NOTE: 2. After delivering the Address, H.E. Wu Bangguo returns to his seat. 3. Moderator continues with the following remarks Closing Remarks

Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

I thank you very much, Your Excellency for your insightful lecture. Your presentation has given us a more informed and balanced understanding of how China perceives this region, including the current challenges. The emergence of China as a global player is both central and strategic for our growth in Asia. Therefore, it is of fundamental importance for neighbouring countries in the region to deepen their friendship to attain common prosperity.

Malaysia, on its part, greatly values her relations with China. A steady growth in these relations in the past three decades has served both countries well. It is pertinent therefore that the culture of engagement be continuously nurtured to maximise our achievements for our mutual benefit.

I take this opportunity to once again thank His Excellency Wu Bangguo for addressing us today.

To the distinguished audience, please accept my sincere appreciation for being here to share this time with us.

Thank you.

NOTE: 1. MC will announce the presentation of memento by Moderator accompanied by Dr. Fauziah Mohd. Taib.

2. MC will announce the session adjourned. The guests will proceed for Refreshments at the Foyer