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Gooi new Malaysian Timber Council Chairman

Gooi new Malaysian Timber Council Chairman

Kuala Lumpur: Dato' Gooi Hoe Hin was appointed as the new chairman of the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC), effective January 1, 2017.

He takes over from Dato' Sri Wee Jeck Seng following the end of his tenure as chairman on 31 December 2016.

Gooi, 64, who holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from University Malaya, served as the Private Secretary to the former Chief Minister of Penang, the late Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu, before taking on various posts in the Ministry of Primary Industries (now known as the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities), including the role of Senior Private Secretary to its two former ministers.

During his 25 years of government service, Gooi had worked closely with the Ministry of Primary Industries and its Ministers to develop various far reaching commodities related policies which were instrumental in protecting the commodities sectors, particularly palm oil, rubber, timber and timber products and tin.

He was involved in formulating the Cooking Oil Price Stabilization Scheme, the rubber subsidies during the 1997 crisis, the replanting schemes for palm oil and rubber and the Tripartite Arrangement on rubber prices with Thailand and Indonesia.

His notable accomplishments include his involvement in the formation of various government agencies such as the Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council, Malaysian Palm Oil Promotion Council and MTC.

He worked closely with the then Minister of Primary Industries in overcoming the tin crisis in 1986, the anti-tropical timber campaigns and the dismantling of the International Natural Rubber Agreement in the 1990s.

Gooi takes on the role of chairman following decades of experience and exposure to global forums and international trade and commodities conferences. His tenure in serving the federal government also saw him participated in various bilateral and multilateral meetings to ensure the interests of the Malaysian commodities sector remain protected. His rich experience will enable him to lead the Council's Board of Trustees in overseeing and determining MTC's policies and directions.

"I'm honoured to be appointed as MTC's chairman. I am also looking forward to leading the Board and working closely with the management to continue to develop Malaysia's timber industry both locally and on the global stage," said Gooi.

"I am confident that our nation's timber industry will continue to sustain itself to be progressive and robust, and I shall play a proactive role towards this direction," he added.