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Change of guard at PCCC


GEORGE TOWN: Businessman Datuk Seri Choot Ewe Seng is now the new president of Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce (PCCC) after gaining unanimous support from the newly elected 51-member committee of the high-powered PCCC here.

The 51-member committee also elected architect Datuk Richard Jong East Full as its deputy president after holding their annual general meeting (AGM) at the Han Chiang High School.

Choot, who had served as PCCC president from 2002-2006, replaces outgoing president Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping, who had served from 2008 until now.

Jong meanwhile, replaces outgoing deputy president Datuk Loh Geok Beng.

Based on the chamber’s constitution, office bearers can only hold positions for a maximum two terms and since Kok Ping had served the full term, he has to step aside.

Kok Ping is now appointed as the PCCC executive advisor, while Loh and businessman Datuk Steven Siah Kok Poay are also appointed as advisors.

The committee also elected lawyer Tan Hiang Joo, businessmen Datuk Finn Choong and Onn Weng Boon as its new vice-presidents.

On PCCC’s upcoming 10th anniversary celebration next year, Choot said the PCCC would celebrate the event with the chambers of commerce from other states as well as from overseas.

“The chambers of commerce from countries such as Hong Kong and Macau will be invited for the celebration,” he said.

Earlier in his outgoing speech as president, Kok Ping said PCCC was against the implementation of the minimum wage system.

“This is because workers’ salaries vary according to geographical locations.

“The wages in Kulim and Penang should not be compared, otherwise the labour-intensive small and medium enterprises would not be able to compete,” Tan said.

Kok Ping also pointed out that the adjustment of the retirement age to 60 years old was hasty.

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