PPMC was formed on 4th December, 1992 by a group of interested personalities, including Mr. Tan Kai Hee, Mr. Lee Lam Thye and many others. The main objective is to encourage and strengthen the fraternity, understanding and friendship among the peoples of Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China. It also plays a pivotal role in bringing closer ties of friendship, unity and goodwill among its members from different ethnic background. Its first President was the late Dato’ Dr. Usman Awang, a National Laureate who passed away in November, 2001. He was succeeded by Dato’ David Chua.
In 2003, the late Dr. Raja Kumar was elected the next President. In April 2005, Dato’ Abdul Majid Ahmad Khan, an experienced diplomat and former Malaysian Ambassador to China was unanimously elected President of PPMC and he is holding the office till now.
As a non-governmental organization, PPMC has dedicated itself to the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship between Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China at the people to people level. In pursuit of this objective, the Association undertakes various social, cultural, educational, youth and sports activities and programmes among the peoples of both countries. In collaboration with other Malaysian Chambers of Commerce and Associations, PPMC also acts as a bridge in promoting trade, investment and economic linkages with China.
In past years, PPMC has too been involved with the visits of President Jiang Zemin, President Hu Jingtao, Premier Wen Jiabao and other top leaders like Wu Bangguo, Jia Qinlin and other Provincial leaders to Malaysia. We have also been involved with the visits to China of former Prime Ministers, Tun Dr. Mahathir and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak.
PPMC participated in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay that passed through the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The president of PPMC, Dato’ Abdul Majid, was one of the main torch bearers in this historic event.
In 2009, our association successfully hosted the 4th ASEAN-China People-to-People Friendship Organizations’ Conference in Kuala Lumpur. The Conference adopted the Kuala Lumpur Declaration which endorsed new ASEAN-China People-to-People activities, especially among the youth and in the education sector. PPMC has contributed positively to further enhancing of interaction among the peoples of China and ASEAN.
Currently, PPMC has active members comprising of entrepreneurs, investors, academicians, artists, educationists, politicians and professionals, as well as government officials sharing interest in wanting to see a strong and sustained friendship, understanding and partnership between Malaysia and China for mutual benefits.
Over the past 20 years PPMC has played a commendable role in facilitating the people-to-people interactions between Malaysia and China, complementing the efforts of the two Governments. Leaders of both countries have acknowledged PPMC’s accomplishments and contributions to the strengthening of Malaysia-China friendship.
Going forward, given the commitment of 20th Malaysian and Chinese leaders to further deepen and broaden existing bilateral ties and cooperation, as well as the current robust interactions among the peoples of the two countries, PPMC is poised to play a more active and expanded role in support of the two governments’ desire to forge a stronger friendship and partnership, as well as to ensure regional peace and development.