History of the Council

The Malaysian Business Council of Cambodia has its roots planted in February 1993 when the Malaysian Ambassador back then, H.E. Mohd Deva initiated the first meeting of representatives of Malaysian businesses operating in Cambodia at his official residence. Subsequently a Malaysia Club was founded. Teh Sing was elected as the first President and the club focused on social events – celebrating Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Deepavali and Merdeka functions as a way to get together Malaysians living in Cambodia.

In July 1997 – H.E. Kamal Ismaun (Malaysian Ambassador to Cambodia) suggested that Malaysia Club should be more business focused and subsequent to that Malaysian Business Council of Cambodia was formed on the 2nd July 1997 at his official residence. Mr. Chris Ho of Holiday Villa Hotel was voted as President.

Tun Mahathir visit to Cambodia in 2006

Tun Mahathir visit to Cambodia in 2006

However, the first function of MBCC was not a pleasant one as it was an evacuation of Malaysian nationals from Cambodia on the 6th July 1997. It was a period of turmoil in Cambodia’s long history of despair. A total of 700 Malaysian and other nationals were evacuated by our Royal Malaysian Air Force’s C-130 airplanes over a period three days.  MBCC’s members assisted in the evacuation and had help coordinate this evacuation successfully. In the coming years, peace was restored and many of our members returned to Cambodia and resumed their jobs and businesses.

MBCC was invited by the Malaysian Embassy for many of the state visits by here on the visit of the three Yang Di-Pertuan Agong to Cambodia viz – the Late DYMM Tuanku Jaafar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman (10th YDP Agong) – May 1997, DYMM Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail(12th YDP Agong) –  December 2002, and DYMM Sultan Mirzan Zainal Abidin ibni almarhum Sultan Mahmud (13th YDP Agong) – May 2008. Likewise in the  case of all the visit of our three Prime Ministers viz YA Bhg Tun Dr. Mahathir, YA Bhg Tun Ahmad Badawi and YAB Dato Seri Najib Razak when they visited Cambodia. Not to mention the long list of Malaysian Ministers who have visited Cambodia since 1993 until now.

Yang Dipertuan Agong visit to Cambodia in 2008

Yang Dipertuan Agong visit to Cambodia in 2008

MBCC has also been invited by Malaysian Trade (Matrade) and the Cambodian government especially the Council for the Development of Cambodia as speakers at most of their investment seminars to Malaysia or when Malaysian trade delegates comes to Cambodia.

MBCC is the de facto representative of Malaysian businesses in Cambodia.  Having such a status means that MBCC continuously upholds her objectives to play an important role to Malaysian businesses here in Cambodia, facilitating networking among other business associations, promoting business growth and opportunities for her members.

Presidents – Past and Present

  • 1997 – Chris Ho (Holiday Villa)
  • 1998 – 1999 Teh Sing (Cambrew Limited) – Step down to focus on setting up CAMFEBA
  • 2000 – Chan Kong Choy (Campubank)
  • 2001 – Hamal (Telekom Malaysia)
  • 2002 – 2005 Tan Theam Loo (Nagaworld)
  • 2006 – present Teh Sing (Gangga)