KOTA KINABALU: Chinese community are hopeful that with the country transitioned into the endemic phase of Covid-19, the socio-economic activities in the country too will pick up momentum towards a speedy recovery.
Expressing this were Tan Sri T.C Goh, President of The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) and Tan Sri Lim Hock San, President of The Federation of Hokkien Associations of Malaysia (FHAM).
They also reminded the Chinese community to continue to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the government and the relevant authorities, to ensure a smooth and fast economic recovery, as planned.
They expressed this during the welcoming dinner hosted by Goh to welcome Lim and his delegation who were in Sabah for a visit, on Tuesday. The said reception was held at Goh’s private residence here. Goh is also President of The Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) and The Federation of Sabah and Labuan Hokkien Associations (FSLHA).
Also in attendance were FHAM senior officials who included its vice president Dato’ Jeffrey Ng. Chin Heng who is also a Huazong Central Committee member, FHAM committee member Tee Kee Tian, Dato’ Lee Teck Hua, chief executive officer of Enterpreneurs Association cum Huazong Central Committee member, FHAM chief executive officer Zane Lim, Sungei Way Hokkien Association communication officers, Wiston Lim and Datuk Pang;* FSLHA deputy president *Chew Ah Kau, vice presidents Tan Cheng Teng and Tong Chun Keat, secretary-general and vice secretary-general Lee Kian Peng and Andy Goh,* vice treasurer general *Ng Shi Chong and committee member Tan Guan Hock, among others.
In his brief welcoming speech, Goh also described the visit by the FHAM delegation, which was the first group of guests from outside Sabah hosted by FSLHA following the transitioned of the country into endemic phase of Covid-19, as a significant event, as it signifies that the country is gradually moving towards recovery.
Meanwhile, Lim said FHAM visit to Sabah besides touching base with the local Chinese community and organizations, also aimed to explore potential business and investment opportunities in the state.
Lim who is also Executive Chairman of public listed company, LBS Bina Group Bhd also acknowledged that since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, he has not been to Kota Kinabalu for the last two years. He hoped the visit to Sabah would lead to some positive developments for the Group and Sabah, in the near future.
In his response, Goh who is also the Executive Chairman of Globaltec Formation Berhad (GFB) cum a member of the Sabah Economic Advisory Council (SEAC) said Peninsular Malaysia based corporations, and entrepreneurs from the Hokkien clan are most welcomed to invest in Sabah, as this would certainly create a ‘win win’ situation for everyone involved, as well as promoting closer rapport between the people of Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia.