MBAM Press Statement


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 10 June 2020 – President of Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM), Foo Chek Lee has been appointed as the new Chairman of the ASEAN Constructors Federation (ACF) effective 10 June 2020. This follows the overtaking of Chairmanship by MBAM from the preceding Members Association, Indonesian Contractors Association (ICA).

MBAM President, Foo Chek Lee as new ACF Chairman

MBAM President, Foo Chek Lee as the new ASEAN Constructors Federation (ACF) Chairman

Foo has been an active ACF Council Member since 2016 and actively participated in various Council Meetings and activities by ACF at the international level in Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand over the last few years.

“On behalf of Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM), I thank you for this honour entrusted upon me to lead this respected organisation. I believe that there should be no dividing line between us and we should all collaborate and work together for the betterment of the ASEAN construction community. We are currently face with the challenges brought by the current global Coronavirus pandemic, global trade war and multiple other issues that impede our progress. So let us work together and share information on how to overcome these difficult times.’ Foo said in his speech today via the 49th ACF Council Virtual Meeting.

Foo also added that “We need to fortify our commitment to solidarity, ensuring that our members that are less resourced can cooperate and have more opportunities and assistance to take on projects and also ensure that stakeholders in the built environment get maximum value for their investments by monitoring standards of practice within the industry. Let us take this opportunity to also work together to push and promote “BUY ASEAN FIRST”.

In Foo’s speech, it was also mentioned that except for Singapore, it was reported that more than 90 percent of all construction works are still done on-site. It is utmost important for contractors to look into new off-site approaches that can help to improve the predictability and consistency. This effort is important due to the impending high cost of construction coupled with shortage of skilled labour and ever-shrinking workspaces.

Prior to Foo, MBAM Past Presidents who have held the Chairmanships of ACF included the late Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr) Yeoh Tiong Lay in 1988 to 1991 as the second Chairman, Dato’ Ir. Goh Chye Koon in June 2006 and the late Dato’ Patrick Wong in 2006 to 2008 as the sixth Chairman. 

New line-up of Chairmanship for ACF and Council under MBAM:

  1. Mr Foo Chek Lee, MBAM President (ACF Chairman)
  2. Mr Eric Yong, MBAM Secretary General (ACF Secretary General)
  3. Tan Sri Sufri Hj. Mohd Zin, MBAM Deputy President (ACF Council)
  4. Mr Kenneth Liew, MBAM Treasurer General (ACF Council)
  5. Mr Ong Ka Thiam, MBAM Deputy Secretary General 1 (ACF Council)
  6. Ir. Chee Weng Loon, MBAM Council Member (ACF Council – Alternate)


New ACF Council under MBAM

New ACF Council under MBAM (from left: Liew, Yong, Foo (ACF Chairman), Tan Sri Sufri, Chee, Ong)

MBAM was one of the five founding members of ACF in 1985 and was represented by the late Tan Sri Dato’ Sri (Dr) Yeoh Tiong Lay, the late Siah Kwee Mow and the late Dato’ Dr. Bernard T. H. Wang.


ACF in brief

The ASEAN Constructors Federation (ACF) was established on 30th May 1985 with its inaugural meeting held in Jakarta, Indonesia. The purpose and objectives of ACF are to provide a forum for dialogue, foster closer co-operation, promote mutual consultation and unify efforts of the construction contractors in the ASEAN region. Currently, there are eight Members Association comprises of Cambodia Constructors Association (CCA), Indonesian Contractors Association (ICA), Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM), Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Federation (MCEF), Philippine Constructors Association Inc. (PCA), Singapore Contractors Association Ltd (SCAL), Thai Contractors Association (TCA) and Vietnam Association of Construction Contractors (VACC).

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