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ACCCIM 4th Youths Conference

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ACCCIM 4th Youths Conference

Opening Speech by Tan Sri William Cheng Heng Jem, President of ACCCIM

1.00 p.m. 24th June 2011 Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

A very good afternoon to everyone of you here,

I would like to thank the Youth Committee of Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to officiate the opening of today’s Youth Conference. This gives me an opportunity to interact with all the delegates of Youth Committees from all over the country.

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

As at today, 12 of the 17 constituent chambers of ACCCIM, have set up Youth Committee since the initial establishment of Youth Committee by Klang CCCI in 2004. This provides a platform for the young entrepreneurs to interact and perform, and enable the chambers recruit new blood and nurture future leadership for the chambers of commerce. To further enhance the linkage within Youth Committees of constituent chambers, ACCCIM has appointed Dato’ Low Kian Chuan, the deputy secretary general, as the chief coordinator. Following this appointment, two meetings have been conducted in May and June this year respectively to discuss the role and activities of Youth Committee.

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

Young entrepreneurs, who are dynamic and emerging, possess the venturing spirit as a reinforcement to promote the country’s economic growth. As a platform to unite the young entrepreneurs, the Youth Committees will need to strengthen the interaction network among themselves and to encourage more talented young entrepreneurs to join in. As mentioned earlier, this is the platform for young entrepreneur to interact and perform. It is therefore pertinent create favourable conditions, to organise special forums by inviting experts and professionals from various sectors to lecture and assist members to better understand government policies and assistance programmes and so on. Through continuous learning, the young entrepreneurs will be able to monitor the changes in the market and improve their enterprises as well as to tap on new business opportunities.

In addition, the Youth Committees should also encourage their members to actively involve in innovation and R&D industries. In this globalised world economy, and implementation of various free trade zones, the market competition has become more stern. Young entrepreneurs must maintain keen sense of market’s needs, constantly enhance creativity and innovation skills to develop products or technologies with own intellectual property rights, so as to improve the core competitiveness of their businesses. Members of Youth Committee will learn from each other through interaction and sharing, to achieve the corporate-level cooperation and even combine each other’s strengths to enhance business development.

Of course, the Youth Committees should take also this opportunity to educate the young entrepreneurs to undertake their corporate social responsibilities besides developing and exploring new markets and business opportunities. They should contribute to the community and society by participating in public welfare activities. Through these activities, the Youth Committees will be able to demonstrate that young entrepreneurs are caring and the organisations themselves are a distinct brand name as a coalition of outstanding young entrepreneurs.

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

This is the 4th ACCCIM Youth Conference but this is the first time it is being organised concurrently with Annual General Meeting of ACCCIM. ACCCIM hopes that members of Youth Committees from Constituent Chambers would participate more actively in ACCCIM, including involvement in various specific working committees, and even participating in the organising works of ACCCIM events and functions. The dynamic and young entrepreneurs can contribute their strength and creativity and assist ACCCIM to provide better quality services to members and Chinese Community as well as to contribute to our country’s economic transformation plan to achieve the goal as a high-income nation.

I hereby declare the ACCCIM 4th Youth Conference open.

Thank you.



Welcoming Dinner hosted by Penang State Government

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Welcoming Dinner hosted by Penang State Government

Speech by Tan Sri William Cheng Heng Jem, President of the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM)

2011-6-24 7.00pm

Y.A.B Lim Guan Eng, Right Honourable Chief Minister of Penang,

Tan Sri Dato’ Tan Kok Ping, President of Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce,

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Salam sejahtera. A pleasant good evening to all of you.

The 65th Annual General Meeting of the Associated Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) held in the year 2011 will take place tomorrow. The ACCCIM is hosted by the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce. This event sees the gathering in Penang of delegates from all over the nation. On behalf of the ACCCIM, I would like to express our utmost gratitude and appreciation to the Penang State Government for their warm reception tonight. I hope that everyone present here will take this opportunity to interact on business opportunities and expand networking.

Penang is famously nicknamed “Pearl of the Orient”. It is both a tourist destination with a vibrant multicultural spirit and a city with a great historical heritage. Penang possesses picturesque sceneries and beautiful sandy beaches, ideal for relaxation. The city is rich in historical and cultural heritage, impressing visitors with serenity and antiquity. Penang is also a world famous attraction for street food, covering of a rich variety of local delicacies. As Penang is renowned for its delicious food, delegates to this conference should not miss this great opportunity to explore and experience Penang for yourselves. You are free to indulge yourself in Penang’s many mouth watering delicacies. I hope all of you will be able to enjoy all the great food and experience a wonderful time in Penang.

Once again, on behalf of ACCCIM, I express my thankfulness to Penang State Government for the ingenuity of hospitality tonight.

Thank You.



Dinner Hosted by Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce

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Dinner Hosted by Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce

25th June 2011 G Hotel, Pulau Pinang

Y.A.B Lim Guan Eng, Right Honourable Chief Minister of Penang

Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Tan Kok Ping, President of Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce

Distinguished Guests,

Members of the mass media,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Good Evening,

First of all, I would like to thank the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to attend and speak at this grand gala dinner. A big thank you to the host Chamber, Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce, for their warm hospitality and excellent arrangements made for the success of the 65th Annual General Meeting of ACCCIM.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

"Old Penang" is what the Southeast Asian Chinese used to call Penang. This word clearly illustrates the long history and rich cultural legacy of Penang. Penang was established as the first commercial port in the Far East by the British colonial government in 1786. Today, Penang has become a bustling metropolis with a unique mixture of sentiments of the East and the West. Penang is a blended economy of trade, manufacturing, tourism and agriculture with high-tech industries being the more outstanding achievement in development.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As one of the oldest ethnic chambers of commerce in Malaysia, Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce which long dedicated itself to serve the society and safeguard the interests of members, has witnessed the changes and growth in all socio-economic sectors, and made significant contribution to the local community and the development of Penang. Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce is widely respected and supported by the Chinese community.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce has long been one of Malaysia's most active chambers of commerce. The outstanding performance of Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce has been reflected way back to the decade of 1970s when your then President, the late Datuk Choong Han Leong and the late Datuk Koh Pen Ting were successively elected as the President of ACCCIM. They had made huge contribution to ACCCIM as well as the national development. In recent years, the leadership and members of Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce have continued to play a very active role in advancing the development of your Chamber. Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce has also continued to assist ACCCIM in handling major issues in chamber affairs. Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce is also actively guiding and assisting SMEs to enhance their competitiveness, and strengthening networking and interaction with external organizations to generate business opportunities for members.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Penang possesses one of the principal shipping ports in Malaysia. The Penang Port is the main distribution centre for supplies in northern Peninsular Malaysia, and a major processing centre for industrial, agricultural and mineral products as well as entreport trade centre. Owing to her excellent geographical and regional advantages, Penang has established a growth triangle with southern Thailand and Sumatra to cooperate with each other in trade, tourism and logistics development.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Penang has been included by the Federal Government in the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER). Development in the Northern Corridor Economic Region will bring about abundant business opportunities, improve residents’ socio-economic level and gradually build Penang to be a world-class integrated commercial centre.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The ACCCIM and our Constituent Chambers will continue to safeguard the interests of Chinese business community, and strive for the advancement of our national economy as a whole. We firmly believe that, with concerted efforts, Malaysia will be able to sail through this difficult period of high energy costs and stern global competition. We hope that all government authorities will intensify efforts to implement the pro-business policy, and assist the business community by way of deregulation, creation of more efficient delivery systems and provision of better infrastructure and anti-crime surveillance system. We firmly believe that the Malaysian economy will continue to achieve sustainable growth, given a stable environment in which the costs of doing business remain reasonable.

Thank you



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