Connections between Malaysia and Canada (BY: CHONG HUI JANE)

Definition

Canada and Malaysia have a long history of close and friendly bilateral relations that encompass a full range of political, economic, trade, social, and cultural relations.

Import and Export

Malaysia export to Canada:

•Petroleum
•Wood products
•Textiles
•Electronic equipment
•Palm oil
•Rubber
•Waxes
•Plastic and plastic articles
•Furniture and stuff furnishings
•Aluminum and aluminum articles
•Cocoa
•Apparel articles and woven clothing
 

Malaysia import from Canada:

•Mechanical appearances
•Fruits
•Oil
•Waxes
•Inorganic chemicals, precious metals
•Aircraft and spacecraft
•Medical
•Scientific
•Fertilizers
•Cereals
 
Trade Relations
  • Canada’s trade relationship with Malaysia includes commerce across several sectors.
  • Bilateral trade between Malaysia and Canada has bright prospects.
  • Both countries have investments (in each other’s country) and the challenge is to be able to take it to the next level.
 
 
Education and Tourism
  • Malaysia is an important source of students to Canada
  • A number of Canadian universities maintain exchange and study programs with Malaysia.
  • Some 86,000 Canadians visited Malaysia in 2011, with approximately 12,000 Malaysians visiting Canada during the same year.
 
 
Security Aspects
  • Canada and Malaysia place a high priority on the security aspect of the relationship.
  • Canada has trained nearly 1000 Malaysians to safely respond to terrorist attacks.
  • Canada works with Malaysia as a dialogue partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its security forum, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).
 
 
Works
  • Canada has a high commission in Kuala Lumpur, and Malaysia has a high commission in Ottawa.
  • In Malaysia, Canada is represented by the High Commission of Canada in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Canadian companies in Malaysia employ thousands of Malaysians.
  • Canada engages Malaysia on issues related to the promotion of good governance, human rights, and pluralism, both bilaterally and in multilateral organizations.
  • Canada worked with Malaysia during Canada’s tenure on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR).
 
 
Science and Technology
Canada and Malaysia are strengthening ties in sectors such as:
  • aerospace
  • green technology
  • agriculture
  • transport
  • oil and gas
 
 
Social
  • Both countries face the challenge of protecting a distinct culture from the onslaught of foreign programmes.
  • Production funds and licensing requirements are among the more successful Canadian regulatory mechanisms which could be adopted in Malaysia.
  • Canada and Malaysia broadcasting systems share similar motivating forces such as the desire to protect a distinct culture from ‘Americanization’ in Canada and ‘Westernization’ in Malaysia.
 
Agriculture
  • Canadian agricultural exports to Malaysia have experienced an upward growth trend.
  • Imports from Malaysia have experienced significant increases since 2005, resulting in a slight trade deficit for Canada in 2009.
  • Canada’s largest import from Malaysia and is responsible for much of the growth in overall agri-food imports.
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