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Prince William delivering his speech at the BMCC luncheon at the KL Convention Centre. Glenn Guan/The Star

Publication Date : 15-09-2012

 

Durian is definitely not one of Prince William's favourite fruits, judging from a cheeky comment he made during his speech at the British Malaysia Chamber of Commerce (BMCC) luncheon.

Taking the podium to enthusiastic applause from the audience, he grinned as he said, "For a start, I'd just like to say how delicious the food was but how relieved (I was) that durian was not on the menu!"

"Having tried it yesterday at the Prime Minister's lunch, I feared for the safety of the people I met thereafter," he said as the audience broke into laughter.

The Duke of Cambridge said that he and his wife, Catherine, were “extremely delighted” to be in Malaysia, especially on the occasion of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee year.

"My grandmother told me that Malaysia would provide us with some wonderful experiences and unforgettable memories, and so indeed, it has proved."

"The Queen has asked me to convey to the Malaysian people her deepest good wishes in this, the time of the Jubilee Year. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for welcoming us to Malaysia," he said warmly.

This, he said, included the visits of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak there and British Prime Minister David Cameron here in April, as well as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'azam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah's visits to Britain for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and Olympic Games.

He said business was the heart of Britain and Malaysia's long-standing partnership, which BMCC had done much to foster.

William said Britain was an innovative, competitive and open economy which warmly welcomed Malaysian businesses.

"Nothing could make that clearer than the acquisition by a Malaysian consortium of the iconic Battersea power station in London, just a mile from the British Parliament at Westminster."

"The striking Battersea investment is part of a welcomed and growing pattern."

"DRB-Hicom has invested in Lotus, another British icon, and the Malaysia SME info valley and many other Malaysian firms have also been making significant investments in the British economy," he said, expressing gladness that the two country's business relationships were a two-way street as there were many British companies doing business here as well.

William noted that he was "very impressed" that Malaysian students form the largest group who studied for Britain qualifications than anywhere else in the world.

He said this was not just important for educational or commercial reasons but helped to build "invaluable links between our younger generations" to help strengthen Britain-Malaysia relations for years to come.

Adding that their time spent here was "much too short", he said that the visit to Hospis Malaysia on Thursday was particularly memorable and thanked BMCC for giving the proceeds of the luncheon to the hospice.

“Catherine and I had a most moving visit to the hospice yesterday. You are truly supporting a most noble cause.

"On behalf of Catherine and myself, thank you for the warmth of your truly unforgettable welcome," he said, ending his speech to thunderous applause before the royal couple departed for the Diamond Jubilee Tea Party at the British High Commissioner's residence.

 

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