PCCCI Deputy President Dato’ Liew Sew Yee, JP In conscientious service

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Working tirelessly for the well-being of PCCCI and its members, Dato’ Liew Sew Yee has contributed significantly towards the association’s development as one of the most influential business organizations in the state of Perak.

(L) Dato’ Liew Sew Yee has been actively involved in PCCCI activities for many years.
(L) Dato’ Liew Sew Yee has been actively involved in PCCCI activities for many years.

During his 12-year service as the deputy president of Perak Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI), Dato’ Liew Sew Yee has unregretfully taken up all the responsibilities and various programs entrusted to him by the PCCCI committee and the president. He has been working tirelessly, contributing much of his effort and time to complete one after another mission to elevate the status and image of PCCCI towards a new pinnacle.

Among the major initiatives led by Liew are the organizing committee chairman of PCCCI’s centennial celebration in 2007 as well as the Centennial Trade Expo, the climax of the four-day celebration.

Touted as the biggest trade event in the state’s history, the Expo was officially opened by then Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. The Expo saw the participation of thousands of dignitaries, local and oversea businesses as well as countless of members of the public in an event of unprecedented scale.

Held at Indera Mulia Stadium in Ipoh, the Centennial Trade Expo boasted some 417 exhibition booths showcasing a wide variety of merchandises such as agricultural products, automobile and auto spare parts, bank services, beauty services, construction materials, educational equipment, electrical appliances and real estate projects, among others. The 4-day event attracted more than 100,000 visits by local and oversea business individuals as well as members of the public. The Expo successfully helped promote Perak products to local and foreign buyers, further propelling the state’s economic development while creating new business opportunities. The successful hosting of this mammoth event has further elevated the status and image of PCCCI as the most influential business association in the state.

 

Overseeing the development of The Octagon

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Liew has been advocating a pragmatic style in running the association.
Liew has been advocating a pragmatic style in running the association.

In 2008, the Perak state government commissioned PCCCI to redevelop the old Yau Tet Shin Bazaar site. Following the failure of seven local and foreign bidders to meet the specific requirements, the PCCCI central committee subsequently decided to raise the RM26 million fund to implement the development project itself with the establishment of One Octagon Sdn Bhd. Once again Dato’ Liew came up with the money and effort to become the managing director of One Octagon, implementing and overseeing the entire development project.

PCCCI has also planned to develop places around The Octagon into a cultural precinct to help promote the tourism development of Perak.

The performance of PCCCI leadership has not only won wide acclaims among Chinese businesses in the state, but also throughout the country. During the 2012 ACCCIM elections, PCCCI president Dato’ Lim Kok Cheong, deputy president Dato’ Liew Sew Yee and assistant secretary-general Ng Yok Gee were all elected.

Lim has since become the first ACCCIM president hailing from the state of Perak while Liew was elected the treasurer with the highest number of votes at 16, and Ng was elected as a central committee member.

That was also the first time the ACCCIM saw the largest number of representatives from Perak in its central committee. This has not only helped improve the image of Perak Chinese business associations and corporate image, but also protruded the strength of PCCCI’s powerful team.

Having contributed his effort for PCCCI during the past decades, Liew feels that PCCCI has what it takes to become the most influential business associations and role models for Perak. He feels that the effort he has put in all these years has been worthwhile seeing the many achievements the association has made