Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Dato Muhyiddin bin Haji Mohamad Yassin Dato on August 24 paid a courtesy visit to Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during his visit to attend the first Thailand-Malaysia Business Council Meeting.

At the meeting, the two sides were pleased with ongoing bilateral cooperation with the regular exchange of high-ranking visits.

Yingluck and her Malaysian guest discussed the authentication of fingerprints for people of dual nationalities to identify those who might have a link with the southern border insurgency.

She added that the Thai Government is well aware that Malaysia ’s implementation of this matter might take time since it is politically sensitive. She, however, called for the Malaysian Government to hold the 2nd meeting of joint committee for the cooperation on dual nationals in order to seek solutions to the matter.

On labour cooperation, the PM thanked the Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, in his capacity as Chair of Cabinet Committee on Foreign Worker and Illegal Immigrants, for his approval to issue work permits for Thai workers from the southern border provinces to work legally at Thai restaurants in Malaysia.

Both sides also came to terms on further promotion of mutual trade and investment, and congratulated the first meeting of Thailand-Malaysia Business Council where the Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister gave an opening speech on August 23.

Educational collaboration will be further promoted as well through exchanges of human resources in education and the dispatch of Malaysian teachers to teach Malay language to Thai students.

They also lauded the progress of Thai-Malay cooperation in halal industry, and will assign concerned agencies to discuss on further development of the cooperation.-VNA/NNT