Former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) called on ethnic Chinese communities around the world to revitalize such traditional Chinese values such as sincerity, integrity and kindness.
In his first public speech abroad since stepping down as president on May 20, Ma spoke about Chinese culture and the future of Chinese communities around the globe.
This was Ma’s first foreign visit after his application to visit Hong Kong on June 15 was rejected by President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration.
At Southern University College, where he was invited to speak as part of the Humanities Great Learning program, Ma recalled a number of ethnic Chinese contributions to China’s war effort against Japan’s invasion during World War II.
“People will never forget the uncompromising and indefatigable spirit demonstrated by overseas Chinese workers from Southeast Asia building a highway from Burma to Yunnan in southwest China,” he said.
The college’s chairman, Datuk Teo Ah Khiang, said Ma was speaking as an academic, though every one is aware he is also a famous politician.
On Wednesday, Ma will visit historical sites previously visited by Republic of China founding father Dr. Sun Yat-sen before going to the southern state of Melaka, where he will attend the 8th World Chinese Economic Summit on Thursday.
Ma will also help promote the “New Southbound Policy” promoted by President Tsai Ing-wen, his office said.
He is slated to return to Taiwan on Friday aboard a China Airlines flight.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel