Sunday February 8th, 2015 by kelly
Nanyang Siang Pau
National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM)
President (2016 – Present)
NCCIM was created by the Malaysian Cabinet in 1962 as the apex business organisation in the country, representing five national trade associations consisting of over 600,000 businesses and entrepreneurs, namely:
Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM)
President (2015 – Present)
Established in 1921, ACCCIM is one of the oldest and largest business organisations in Malaysia, representing 17 constituent chambers of commerce and over 100,000 members. ACCCIM works closely with both public and private sectors particularly on developing national economic policies. ACCCIM has signed over 60 Memoranda of Understanding or Economic Cooperation Agreements with chambers of commerce or trade organisations overseas.
Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Kuala Lumpur & Selangor (KLSCCCI)
President (2012 – Present)
Founded in 1904, KLSCCCI is the foremost institution representing the Chinese business community in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, including 77 trade associations and over 1,900 companies.
Sunsuria is an award-winning public-listed property developer that has also diversified into construction, landscaping, and other complementary businesses or joint-ventures. The flagship project of Sunsuria City is a mixed-development built on the principles of ‘Smart, Livable, Sustainable’, which was awarded the ‘Best Sustainable Township 2016’ by industry publication Property Insight. In 2017, Sunsuria Berhad was recognised for the ‘Highest Returns to Shareholders over Three Years’ in the Billion Ringgit Club Awards by business newspaper The Edge.
University of Malaya
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)
Early Life and Education
Tan Sri Datuk Ter Leong Yap was born on 11 th January 1964 in Klang, Selangor, Malaysia. He graduated from the University of Malaya (UM) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, where he was also an active member of the Student Council.
Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Ter’s lifelong association with the chambers of commerce began when he joined his hometown’s Klang Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCCI) in 1997, where he was elected KCCCI President in 2001 and also the Vice-President of the national-level Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) in 2003.
In 2009, Ter was elected the Deputy President the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor (KLSCCCI) before becoming its President in 2012. Three years later, Ter was elected President of ACCCIM, which represents 17 constituent chambers across the country.
Ter was elected the President of the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM) in 2016, which was the first time in 42 years that the country’s apex business organisation has been led by the ACCCIM.
As President of KCCCI, Ter was the first person to moot the idea of creating a youth wing, which eventually led to the formation of Youth Committees in ACCCIM and its Constituent Chambers. Under his presidency, KCCCI was also the first chamber of commerce to obtain ISO certification. Later, Ter was instrumental in founding ACCCIM’s Socio-Economic Research Centre (SERC), which conducts independent and objective research that enhances ACCCIM’s collaboration with both public and private sectors, particularly on the development of economic and business policies.
In addition, Ter has been responsible for organising large-scale events such as the “Malaysia Economic Conference” in 2010, the “One Belt One Road Economic Conference and Business Matching Session” 2015, and the “ACCCIM Economic Forum” in 2016. As NCCIM President, Ter has organised high-profile events including the “National Economic Forum” in 2016 and the “Moments of Unity” in 2017.
Ever the entrepreneur, Ter knew early on that his passion lay in starting businesses. His foray into property development culminated in Sunsuria Berhad, which is publicly listed on the Main Board of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. Today, Sunsuria has a strong track record of delivering quality projects including residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational developments.
Since 2013, Sunsuria has embarked on its flagship township, Sunsuria City, which is a mixed development built on the principles of ‘Smart, Livable, Sustainable’. This transit-oriented, mixed development township has received wide accolades and was awarded the ‘Best Sustainable Township 2016’ by industry publication Property Insight.
Under his leadership, Sunsuria has grown in leaps and bounds. In 2017, Sunsuria was recognised for the ‘Highest Returns to Shareholders over Three Years’ in the Billion Ringgit Club Awards by business newspaper The Edge.
Ter believes strongly that businesses have a responsibility to give back to society, which can be seen in the many charitable or welfare initiatives undertaken by the chambers of commerce, Sunsuria, or Ter personally.
As Chairman of ACCCIM’s Disaster Relief Committee, Ter led relief efforts in the devastating East Coast floods of 2014. Furthermore, he has established official working groups at ACCCIM to address social welfare, culture, education, and other public interests issues, including setting-up scholarships, funds for the needy, and initiatives to raise awareness on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Born into a family of teachers, Ter has always maintained a keen interest in the education and schools. Not only is he on the board of several schools, but he was also instrumental in expanding Chinese education to pastures anew.
In a ceremony witnessed by the Chinese President Xi Jinping and Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on 4 th October 2013, Ter successfully concluded an agreement with Xiamen University to establish a branch campus in Malaysia. This is the first time a university from China has opened a campus outside China.
Xiamen University Malaysia (XMUM) received its first students in February 2016 and has an enrolment of 2,700 students at September 2017, which will eventually rise to a capacity of 10,000. Ter continues his contribution as a Director of XMUM, which offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes ranging from business to engineering, journalism to medicine.
Datin Loa Bee Ha, born in 1963, graduated from the University of Malaya with a Bachelor of Accounting Degree and is currently a member of MIA and MICPA.
She began her career with Price Waterhouse in 1989 and later joined Team Accountants Sdn. Bhd. (an investment holding company) in 1994 as the Finance Manager for 12 years.
She was previously on the Board of Director of Taylor’s College Sdn. Bhd., Garden International School Sdn. Bhd. and Taylor’s International School (KL) Sdn. Bhd. (formerly known as Sekolah Sri Garden Sdn. Bhd.). Currently, she is also a Director of Rentak Flora Sdn.Bhd.
Liew Jee Min @ Chong Jee Min, born in 1959, graduated with LLB (Honours) from the University of Leeds, England and Certificate of Legal Practice, Malaya. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaysia in 1986. He established the firm of J. M. Chong, Vincent Chee & Co. in December 1986 and has been practicing since the date of admission and concentrating on banking, property and corporate matters.
Tan Sri Datuk Ter Leong Yap, born in 1964, graduated from the University of Malaya with honours in Engineering. His foray into the industry began with a construction and material handling equipment business back in 1989. Since then, Datuk Ter has diversified his business interests to include property development and education.
Armed with a wealth of experience, determination, and an impeccable track record in the property development sector, he has successfully incorporated his personal vision and mission into Sunsuria, making it the very essence of the Company. He also strongly believes in running the Sunsuria’s property development business with upmost integrity and ensuring reliability of the Company in delivering its promises,customer experience and product quality with full commitment.
When we create sustainable value for our customers and the community, we ensure the long-term growth of our people and the company.
Tan Sri Datuk Ter holds several distinguished positions within the region:
Dato’ Quek Ngee Meng, born in 1968. He served as an in-house legal counsel for the SMI Group from 1997 to 2000. He then set up his own legal practice as Halim Hong & Quek and have been in practice for more than 20 years. He was appointed as the director of Malaysia Chinese Association (MCA)’s Lifelong Learning Campaign from 2004 to 2009.
He is currently served as the director of Malaysia-China Business Council, chairman of Silk Road Business Council Malaysia Committee and co-chairman of Malaysia-China Commercial Law Cooperation Committee.
In the legal fraternity, Dato’ Quek is an arbitrator of Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) and serves as a panel member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Advocate & Solicitor’s Disciplinary Board.
Dato’ Quek Ngee Meng, born in 1968. He served as an in-house legal counsel for the SMI Group from 1997 to 2000. He then set up his own practice as Halim Hong & Quek and have been in practice for more than 20 years. He was appointed as the director of Malaysia Chinese Association (MCA)’s Lifelong Learning Campaign from 2004 to 2009.
He is currently served as the director of Malaysia-China Business Council, chairman of Silk Road Business Council Malaysia Chapter and co-chairman of Malaysia-China Commercial Law Cooperation Committee.
In the legal fraternity, Dato’ Quek is an arbitrator of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) and serves as a panel member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Advocate & Solicitor’s Disciplinary Board.
Ms. Tan Pei Geok, born in 1961, graduated with a Bachelor of Economics degree from Monash University in 1983. She is also a member of the Certified Practising Accountants (CPA Australia) and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).
She began her career as an auditor with Binder Hamlyn before joining Public Bank Berhad, where she served for over 20 years in various credit-related departments, most recently as the Deputy Director of Corporate Banking. Since 2004, she has been the Chief Executive Officer of Health Scan Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., a leading medical and diagnostic centre.
Koong Wai Seng, born in 1967, graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree from the University of Malaya in 1993 and is an accountant by profession.
He is a member of the Malaysia Institute of Certiﬁed Public Accountants (MICPA) and Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). He has more than 20 years of ﬁnancial and general management experience in a variety of industries including audit, ﬁnancial advisory, leisure, hospitality, healthcare, property development and property investment.
“Change is like the wind. There’s no stopping it. Which is why it is imperative that we continuously evolve for the better.”
He began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. before joining Sunway City Berhad for 13 years where he was appointed as Chief Financial Officer and promoted as the Group Finance Director of the Sunway Group. Subsequently, Koong joined Tropicana Corporation Berhad (formerly known as Dijaya Corporation Berhad) as Executive Director before assuming his current position at Sunsuria.