Unanimous call for unity, stability


By CY LEE

The newly installed members of the 15th central committee of Huazong (2022-2025) at Wisma Huazong in Seri Kembangan, Selangor. — MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star

THE Federation of Chinese Associations of Malaysia (Huazong) has installed its 15th central committee for the 2022-2025 term.

Its president Tan Sri Goh Tian Chuan will helm the association for another term after being initially elected in 2019.

In his speech, Goh called for unity and stability in the committee as Huazong continues to champion the Chinese community’s views and positions to the government.

“The change of government and prime ministers in the past few years has been unprecedented,” he said, adding that he hopes the association, the Chinese community, groups and Huazong will remain united and stable, no matter the political situation.

Meanwhile, Huazong’s lifetime honorary president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah called for the new government to attract business and investments to help drive the economy.

“I hope the new government will strengthen ties between Malaysia and China and bring in more investments,” Pheng said.

He also urged the Chinese community to take greater initiative amid challenging times to engage policymakers to seek a win-win solution.

Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Ouyang Yujing, who was also present at the inauguration, congratulated the association and wished it the best for the coming term.

“Under the new committee, I am confident that Huazong will continue to stay true to its aspirations and goals,” he said, adding that China would continue to cooperate with Malaysia in various aspects of their bilateral relations.

The inauguration ceremony, held at the Huazong headquarters in Seri Kembangan, saw more than 500 attendees, including dignitaries and business people.

During the dinner, five Huazong members – Datuk Lai Thin Watt, Chin Yoke Meng, Datuk Seri Lee Jin Xian, Datuk Ong Chong Keng and Jason Tiu Meng Seng – were recognised for their contributions.

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