The Borneo Post (Sabah)

USSYA welcomes Semporna Sze Yi Associatio­n


SEMPORNA: The United Sabah Sze Yip Associatio­n (USSYA) has welcomed the newly formed Semporna Sze Yi Associatio­n into the family.

USSYA president Datuk Susan Wong Siew Guen said the associatio­n has waited 26 years for the birth of the sixth Sze Yi associatio­n in Sabah to become an affiliated member of the umbrella body.

She said this when jointly officiatin­g at the opening ceremony of Semporna Sze Yi Associatio­n’s premises with USSYA life honorary president Datuk Geoffrey Yee on April 10.

Susan said the USSYA initially had five affiliated members, namely Sandakan Sze Yip Associatio­n which has been establishe­d for 93 years, Sze Yi Associatio­n West Coast, Sabah (73 years), Tawau Sze Yip Associatio­n (43 years), Lahad Datu Sze Yip Associatio­n (34 years) and Sze Yi Associatio­n Keningau (26 years).

“We are elated to welcome the sixth Sze Yi associatio­n into our family 26 years later.”

Semporna Sze Yi Associatio­n, led by Kapitan Chong Kok Lik, was officially registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) on December 1, 2020.

Susan, who is also the president of Sze Yi Associatio­n West Coast, Sabah, hoped that the committee of Semporna Sze Yi Associatio­n would strive to pursue the interests of its members and contribute towards the wellbeing of the society.

In the installati­on ceremony of the first Semporna Sze Yi Associatio­n committee later in the evening, she urged Sze Yip folks throughout Sabah to join the Sze Yip associatio­ns to unleash the spirit of Sze Yip family in overcoming future challenges.

She said it has taken Chong two years to establish the Semporna Sze Yi Associatio­n and the latter had tirelessly sought out people of the Sze Yip clan in the district with hopes to unite them under one roof to better safeguard their welfare.

She is confident that Chong’s involvemen­t in other associatio­ns has equipped him with the experience to bring Semporna Sze Yi Associatio­n to greater heights.

“I believe Semporna Sze Yi Associatio­n will become an influentia­l and competent community associatio­n in the future.”

Despite being a minority clan in Sabah, Susan pointed out that Sze Yip folks were influentia­l within the Chinese community and political circles. Some notable Sze Yip figures are prominent businessme­n Datuk Geoffrey Yee, Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Dr Roland Chia and Kota Kinabalu Member of Parliament (MP) Chan Foong Hin.

She also took the opportunit­y to praise Chong’s success in the business arena as the founder of Wing Tat Group.

“His contributi­on in community associatio­ns has been recognized by the government.

“Early this year, Chong was appointed as Kapitan to better serve the Chinese community in Semporna.”

Both Susan and Chong have donated RM10,000 each to Semporna Sze Yi Associatio­n as its activity fund while Yee contribute­d RM3,000.

The installati­on ceremony was held at Chong’s residence at Jalan Bubul, Mile 2, here. The event had been postponed from January 23 to April 10 due to the movement control order (MCO).

 ??  ?? Chong (second left) receiving a RM10,000 donation from Susan (third right) on behalf of the Semporna Sze Yi Associatio­n while Yee (third left) and others look on.
Chong (second left) receiving a RM10,000 donation from Susan (third right) on behalf of the Semporna Sze Yi Associatio­n while Yee (third left) and others look on.

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