By Tab Mei Kuan
Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI) celebrated its 112th-year milestone via a grand dinner held on Friday, November 15 at Kinta Riverfront Hotel & Suites.
The guest of honour for the evening, which coincided with the 12th anniversary of the chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Committee, was Nga Kor Ming, Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat.
“PCCCI has adopted a strategy that will assist the state government to promote events and projects to spur the economy. Right now, we jointly organise the Perak International Trade Exposition (PIEX) together with Invest Perak. PCCCI will also play its part in promoting the cultural street at Jalan Theatre next to The Octagon,” explained Dato’ Liew Sew Yee, President of PCCCI.
According to Liew, PCCCI had initiated its first contact with the Hengshui High School in Hebei to open a branch in Perak. Hengshui High School is a very prestigious school in China for producing the most number of top students entering the best universities.
“We are also in touch with North China Agriculture and Sideline Products Trading Centre in Hebei with the hope to cooperate with this centre to open a collection centre in Perak. Through this gateway, our products will be distributed to Northern China. If successful, this project will help the state government to open up more land for local farmers to cultivate produce that meets the needs of Northern China,” he added.
Performances galore, present were Dato’ Seri Ir Mohammad Nizar B Jamaluddin, the Executive Councillor for Investment, Industrial and Corridor Development; Dr Abdul Aziz Bari, Executive Councillor for Education, Science, Environment, Green Technology and Information; Dato’ Haji Zainal Azman Abu Seman, State Secretary; Dato’ Ngeh Koo Ham, Perak Legislative Assembly Speaker; Her Excellency Fatou Danielle Diagne, Ambassador of the Republic of Senegal to Malaysia; Her Excellency Akua Sekyiwa Ahenkora, Ghana High Commissioner to Malaysia; Dato’ Lim Kok Cheong, Life Honorary President of PCCCI; and Dato’ Liew Chee Ming, Organising Chairman of the PCCCI 112th Anniversary Dinner cum Deputy President of PCCCI.
In June 2021, Malaysia will host the 16th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention (WCEC), led by Tan Sri Ter Leong Yap, President of Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM). WCEC is the largest convention of Chinese entrepreneurs around the globe and provides a platform to build networks as well as foster economic cooperation.
“In fact, 2021 is also the 100th anniversary of ACCCIM, making it a cause for even greater celebration. In the spirit of inclusiveness and shared prosperity, I’d also like to invite the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM) and its constituent chambers to play an active role in the 16th WCEC. This is not merely an event for the Chinese Chamber but a platform for Malaysia to showcase our businesses and multicultural heritage to the rest of the world,” Ter stated.