New Fiji consul-general in PenangV. Sivaji | October 15, 2020 | 0 | Dine , Hotels , Live , News , Shop , Spotlight
Penang is known to have the largest number of foreign representations outside of the capital city of our country, Kuala Lumpur.
The last count showed that there are already some 20 foreign representations in Penang,
The latest being the Ukraine Consulate which was officially opened on August 24, 2020.
To add to this impressive list is the new consulate of the Republic of Fiji which was officiated with the appointment of businessman Datuk Cha Hoo Peng as the Fiji Honorary Consul-General in Penang.
The event was held at the Light Hotel in Seberang Jaya coincided with the 50th anniversary of Independence of Fiji last Saturday (Oct 10, 2020).
Present was Penang Chief Minister, Chow Kon Yeow.along with the Acting High Commissioner of Fiji to Malaysia Pita Tagicakirewa, Japan consul general in Penang Shinichiro Kanoya and Indonesia consul-general in Penang Bambang Suharto.
“Today marks the beginning of a journey that will bring our great State the government of Fiji, for the confidence it has bestowed in me, to be Fiji’s Honorary Consul General in Penang.
“I am indeed honoured to be the bearer of Fiji’s flag in Penang and I will fulfil the call with the same patriotism I have given Penang and Malaysia.
“Fifteen years ago, we started our business relations with Fiji. Located in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, and known as its hub. After establishing business-to-business contacts and doing business with some companies, my doubt has been replaced by confidence.
“And with immeasurable gratitude. I believe success has no monetary value.
“During the Malayan Emergency. Fijian soldiers were also based in Batu Pahat, as part of Commonwealth forces and 25 paid the ultimate sacrifice.
“I would like to thank Mr Tagicakirewa who has assisted and recommended me to the Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama as an appropriate candidate for the honorary consul general’s post,” said Cha,
Meanwhile, Chow in his speech congratulated Cha on his appointment and hoped he will play a vital role to foster better relations between Penang and the Pacific country.
A round of toast was held to mark the 50th anniversary of the Independence of Fiji. Guests were also entertained to some traditional Fijian music, songs and video presentations.