19 September 2011
The Star, Friday September 16, 2011
Moving ahead: Loh is a former student of St Xavier’s Institution.
PENANGITE John S.C. Loh took the helm of the Malaysian Professional Centre (BIM) after being elected at the 38th annual general meeting recently.
The 63-year-old former student of St Xavier’s Institution is a chartered surveyor by training and an alumni of the University of Hull, the National University of Singapore and the Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.
Among the honours he has received are the K.M.N. (Federal), S.S.A (Selangor) and the P.J.K. and P.K.T. (Penang).
He is also the current chairman of the AAA Group of Valuer, Property Managers, Estate Agents and Property Consultants.
Besides, Loh continues to be active in the Lions Clubs International having served in the position as District Governor for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei in 1981 and 1982.
He has also served many other non-governmental organisations in various capacities including as president of the Tree Planting and Protection Group of the Malaysian Nature Society, the president of the Quality Restroom Association of Malaysia and vice-president of the World Toilet Association.
He was also in the executive board of the International Real Estate Federation and the Pacific Basin Economic Council.
Among other achievements include him and his wife being listed in the Malaysia Book of Records for planting 110,416 trees in one minute all over Malaysia in 2000.
Loh hopes to engage Malaysians with professional qualifications from the broad spectrum of professions, to play a greater role in nation-building through involvement in the transformation programme of the New Economic Model focusing on the human capital development, public delivery system and enhancing competitiveness, productivity and efficiency of the services sector.
BIM was established with the assistance of the Commonwealth Foundation in 1973 to serve as the umbrella body for all professions recognised by legislative acts of parliament in Malaysia.
Membership has since been extended to include all other professional groups and disciplines where the recognition by the government authorities is still in progress.
The Malaysian Association of Productivity is an associate member and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is the patron, just like his predecessors.