PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia-China Business Council (MCBC), an organisation to strengthen business and entrepreneurial ties between the two countries, has appointed a former DAP member, Hew Kuan Yau, as its CEO.
MCBC chairman Tan Kok Wai, who is also DAP chairman, in a statement today, said the appointment is effective from Feb 1.
He said Hew’s appointment was to spur economic development and consolidate cooperation between Malaysia and China.
Speaking to FMT, Hew said he would release a statement about his plans for the council after Chinese New Year.
“I was informed about the appointment this morning,” he added.
Hew, 49, quit DAP in July 2016 over his Facebook post stating that the South China Sea belongs to Beijing.
Popularly known as “Superman” for wearing T-shirts with the logo of the comic book hero, Hew is also seen as an outspoken man for his fiery speeches.
Other previous heads of MCBC include MCA’s Ong Ka Ting and former deputy prime minister Musa Hitam.
Tan said Hew is an expert on China, given his decade-long business management experience in China.
“He studied in Guangzhou and Hong Kong and has a PhD in History from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.”
In addition to that, Tan said the new CEO had a good grasp and understanding of international diplomacy in view of his experience and engagement with the International Union of Socialist Youth, an international youth NGO which works with the United Nations.