HOCK CHUAN BEE TEA MERCHANTS (M) SDN BHD
CHAIRMAN of Tea Trade Association of Malaysia
The term of 30th committee has ended. As the Associations' Rules & Regulations stated, the tenure for Chairman, Secretary-General and Treasurer is limited by two terms. Hence Chairman, Liew Choon Kong and Secretary-General, Lau Chin Chuan, who have served two terms are to step down and be replaced by others. I have taken over the baton as the Chairman due to supports extended by committee members. After listening to the speech by outgoing president in the last committee meeting, it has not been an easy task leading the association. Fortunately, he has laid a lot of ground work in four years as the Chairman, turning the association to be more “business touch”. He has also enhanced the team spirit in managing the administrative affairs of the association and consolidated the financial status of the association. It turned out to be a smooth transition for the successor to take over. I wish to express my gratitude to him for his relentless efforts and contribution serving the association.
While planning for the special issue publication to commemorate 60th anniversary of the association, through reading from the archived documents, I could relate to the contribution of our forefathers in the similar industry when forming the association in 1956. Based on the economic scenario then (pre-independence), there were 60 people in the trade who joined as members. I could felt the strength of a group. The country has gone through drastic changes. It is hard to find anyone in this industry specialising with a niche or expanding. Would this industry remain to exist or extinct for not having successors to takeover? There were many which have ceased operation. There were also many young ones joining the industry. Nevertheless, few join us as members. Is it due to lack of publicity or is the association not attractive? Time for us to recruit more members to strengthen the association.
In conjunction with the celebration of 60th anniversary, our association is planning to have commemorative Pu Er tea bricks and the publication of special issue for the occasion. I hope all members would support the effort and share the joy of the association. Lastly, I hope tea trade continues to develop and all those in tea business to prosper in the expansion of the business.
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