By Nur Ashikin Abdul Aziz
KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 -- The motto now is to contribute, said France’s Ambassador to Malaysia Frédéric Laplanche as a message to the French community here – especially to some 300 French companies in the country.
Having their businesses affected just like any Malaysian companies due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the envoy urged them to be optimistic and be ready to re-start as soon as it is feasible.
“Contribute, when involved in essential sectors, means running French-invested companies efficiently, taking the best possible care of their staff, and continuing to provide to the Malaysian society (with) food, maritime transport, logistics, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals,” Laplanche told Bernama.
He also called on the French community in Malaysia to contribute by scrupulously respecting the rules of the Movement Control Order (MCO) as well as donating to charities or to hospitals whenever they can.
The envoy said he is confident that both Malaysia and France, as well as the European Union, will pick up on fostering international trade and cooperation for the benefit of all economies and the well-being of societies once the situation is under control.
He said France will bring a lot of voluntarism into its future relations with Malaysia and continue to strive and develop a relationship which is mutually beneficial and spans across sectors such as education, industry and innovation, trade, scientific cooperation, security and defence, and arts and culture.
“France will continue to invest in its relations with Asia in general, and ASEAN in particular. Once the situation normalises, Malaysia will find France more committed than ever to develop our bilateral exchanges,” he said.
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