By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: Andrew Liew Sui Fatt, the honorary life president of the Sabah United Chinese Chambers of Commerce (SUCCC), will run for its presidency at the chamber’s annual general meeting on July 31.
Liew said the decision was reached with the blessing of Gan Sau Wah, the incumbent president, and support from majority of SUCCC member chambers.
In a statement, Liew disclosed that he had earlier taken over as president of Kinabatangan Chinese Chamber of Commerce recently and is now the chief delegate of the chamber in SUCCC.
Besides thanking Gan for his blessing, Liew also thanked those member chambers who recently expressed their aspiration to have him succeed the president’s post.
“I wish to thank the member chambers for their trust in me. Gan is a leader whom I respect very much, which was why I had said that I would only consider accepting the proposal to helm SUCCC if he is not seeking another term,” said Liew.
He also disclosed that he has met with the presidents of SUCCC member chambers on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming election.
They included Beaufort, Penampang, Ranau, Tawau, Sandakan, Tenom, Labuan, Kunak, Kota Kuala Penyu, Nabawan and Kota Belud chambers.
Liew added that he met with Gan on Wednesday to discuss the same matter.
“With the blessing from Gan and support from a majority of the member chambers, I have decided to accept the nomination to run for the president’s post.
“I wish to contribute to the well-being of SUCCC and the Chinese community,” he said.
A prominent businessman himself, Liew is also well-recognised for his active role and contributions to the Chinese community of Sabah, Chinese education especially, in his capacity as Chairman of The United Association of Private Chinese Secondary School Committees, Sabah (Sabah Dong Zong).