The council said in a statement that Gooi, who was private secretary to former Penang Chief Minister, the late Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu, took over from Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng whose tenure as chairman ended on Dec 31, 2016.
Gooi, 64, held various posts in the Primary Industries Ministry (now known as the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry), including the role of senior private secretary to its two former ministers.
During his 25 years of government service, Gooi, who holds a bachelor of Economics (hons) from University of Malaya, worked closely with the Primary Industries Ministry and its ministers to develop various far reaching commodities related policies which were instrumental in protecting the commodities sectors, particularly palm oil, rubber, timber and timber products and tin.
MTC said he was involved in formulating the Cooking Oil Price Stabilisation Scheme, the rubber subsidies during the 1997 crisis, the replanting schemes for palm oil and rubber and the Tripartite Arrangement on rubber prices with Thailand and Indonesia.
His notable accomplishments include his involvement in forming various government agencies such as the Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council, Malaysian Palm Oil Promotion Council and MTC. He worked closely with the then Primary Industries Minister in overcoming the tin crisis in 1986, the anti-tropical timber campaigns and the dismantling of the International Natural Rubber Agreement in the 1990s.
Gooi takes on the role of chairman following decades of experience and exposure to global forums and international trade and commodities conferences.
His tenure in serving the Federal Government also saw him participate in various bilateral and multilateral meetings to ensure the interests of the Malaysian commodities sector remain protected.
MTC said his rich experience would enable him to lead the council’s board of trustees in overseeing and determining MTC’s policies and directions.
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