Malaysia–Seychelles relations

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Malaysia–Seychelles relations
Map indicating locations of Malaysia and Seychelles

Malaysia

Seychelles

Malaysia–Seychelles relations refers to bilateral foreign relations between Malaysia and Seychelles. Seychelles has a high commission in Subang Jaya.[1]

History[edit]

The history of Malays in Seychelles can be traced back during the British colonial period when a group of Malay warriors from Perak together with their Sultan, Abdullah Muhammad Shah II been deported to the island in 1877 after allegedly being involved in a successful assassination attempt on J.W.W. Birch.[2][3][4]

Economic relations[edit]

In 1986, Seychelles brought around U$600,000 Malaysian products directly but purchased U$7 million through indirect trade with Singapore, thus the country are looking for a direct trade with Malaysia to get Malaysian products without using Singapore ports.[5] In 1988, an agreement to promote co-operation in the fields of culture, education, sports and information was signed.[6][7] Malaysia main exports to Seychelles are wood products and known as one of the main provider of raw material to the islands while Seychelles mainly exports canned tuna and fish to Malaysia.[6][8] Several Malaysian companies have invested in the island such as the Berjaya Group which owned two hotels and Promet Bhd. in a property development project comprising shop offices, a retail complex and office block. Seychelles has announced its desire to send its students to study in Malaysia and invited more Malaysian investors to invested in the country.[9] In 2014, Malaysia is one of Seychellois partners for Seychelles to remain in tourism industry.[10] Both governments has signed a debt relief agreement and Seychellois who visit Malaysia are not require to carry their visa for up to 30 days.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Embassies (Seychelles)" (PDF). Elite International College. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  2. ^ Edward Dorall (26 December 1964). "'Birch' was eminently palatable theathrical wine for many tastes". New Straits Times. p. 16. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Menjejaki sejarah Ngah Ibrahim di Seychelles" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. 27 March 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Islands of the Seychelles Archipelago Part III". Private Archives. Government of Seychelles. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Seychelles seeks direct trade with us". New Straits Times. 25 July 1987. p. 8. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Malaysia, Seychelles sign pact". New Straits Times. 11 October 1988. p. 2. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Seychelles seeks closer ties". New Straits Times. 17 August 1988. p. 2. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Govt aims to cut construction costs". Government of Seychelles. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Seychelles offers big scope for investors". New Straits Times. 11 January 2001. p. 2. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Seychelles uses assets, friends to stay relevant in tourism industry". Seychelles Nation. 22 November 2014. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Budget Address". Government of Seychelles. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Travel & Visa: Countries Where Seychelles Nationals Do Not Require a Visa". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Seychelles). Retrieved 17 February 2015.