DATUK Seri Damien Chua Wei Kee has been appointed the honorary consul of Hungary for the northern region covering Penang, Perak, Kedah and Perlis.
The consular office has finally reopened five years after its closure following the retirement of previous Honorary Consul-General Datuk Gabor Faskerty.
Representing the Penang government at the inauguration ceremony was state exco member Zairil Khir Johari, who congratulated Chua as the newly appointed honorary consul of Hungary.
Zairil said he was delighted with the reopening of the Hungary consular office in Penang after five years and commended Chua for his role in representing the people of Penang and Malaysia.
“I believe this will bring the two countries closer, and I hope the re-establishment of ties will build a good relationship in trade, business, culture and tourism between Hungary and Penang, and also Malaysia.
“We look forward to many years of positive ties and bilateral ties between both countries,” he said during the appointment ceremony at E-Gate in Gelugor, Penang, on Wednesday.
Chua, in his speech, promised to take care of Hungarians in the northern region and build a bridge to link culture, education and tourism between Malaysia and Hungary.
“I will promote Penang and Malaysia to Hungary and also send delegations to visit Hungary.
“I will also enhance bilateral ties in terms of trade and tourism,” he said.
Also present were Hungarian Deputy Minister of State for International Law Dr Akos Berzetei and Hungarian Ambassador to Malaysia Attila Kali.