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Chinese Language Is Important And An Asset To Master: Rosmah | 14/06/2010
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BEIJING, Jun 14 2010 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants Malaysian students in China to study hard and maintain the good name of the country so that they can contribute to nation building and help strengthen the Sino-Malaysian friendship when they graduate.

The message was conveyed to the students by Najib's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor during her visit to the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) here Monday.

Rosmah was accompanied by her youngest son, Norashman, who is here to pursue a three-week Chinese language course at the BFSU during his summer holidays.

Norashman is now undergoing a two-year Chinese language course at Georgetown University in Washington.

"It is the PM's hope that Ashman will brush up his conversation skill and writing skill in his stay in the BFSU," said Rosmah who introduced Norashman to the Chinese students studying the Malay language and Malaysian students studying the Chinese language at the university.

There are 116 Malaysian students, mainly from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), studying the Chinese language in the BFSU, and 40 Chinese students studying the Malay language.

Rosmah stressed the importance of mastering a language, especially in the globalised age.

She said mastering the Chinese language was important and an asset as China was expected to play an important part globally and in the region.

"As China has risen to become the economic powerhourse of Asia, the Chinese language is becoming more important in the region."

Malaysian students should respect the culture, ideology and way of life of the Chinese society, she said, adding that they were here not only to gain knowledge but also to act as little ambassadors in fostering the friendship between the two countries.

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