People On The MoveOng Hong Peng has replaced Ramlan Bin Ibrahim as chairman of Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board from 4 August.

There's a new chair at Tourism Malaysia

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Ong brings with him approximately 15 years of experience serving as a key figure in Malaysia's tourism sector.
Ong brings with him approximately 15 years of experience serving as a key figure in Malaysia's tourism sector.

Tan Sri Dr Ong Hong Peng has assumed the role as chairman of Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board since 4 August, replacing Ramlan Bin Ibrahim.

Ong kickstarted his service in the Malaysian government sector back in 1981 as the assistant director at the Public Service Department (JPA).

His foray into the tourism industry began in 2007, when Ong was appointed deputy secretary general of the Ministry of Tourism. After a year into his role, he was promoted to the secretary general of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture where he served for eight years.

During his service with the Ministry, Ong wore multiple hats, simultaneously serving as the chairman of Malaysia Convention Bureau (MyCEB) and Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) from 2009 until 2016. He was also the chairman of the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA) from 2013 until 2018.

As Ong steps into his new position, he commits to working closely alongside the management and officers of Tourism Malaysia, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the travel trade and the media, to revitalise the tourism industry and position Malaysia as a safe and top-of-mind travel destination.

“I am truly honoured to accept this position, especially during the same month and year of Tourism Malaysia’s birthday," Ong enthused. "Celebrating together Tourism Malaysia’s 50th Golden Anniversary not only fills me with gratitude, but also with immense responsibilities that come together with it. I am thrilled to walk hand in hand with everyone on this journey as we work toward paving a better path for the industry."

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