AMSA chief keen to give all ‘safe home’

LIDCOMBE’S Thomson Ch’ng has a dream to create a “home away from home” for all Malaysians and Singaporeans in Australia after being elected the 23rd president of the Australian Malaysian Singaporean Association Inc (AMSA).

Arriving as an international student in 2009, he was a founding delegate and the fourth National President of the Council of International Students Australia, representing more than 600,000 international students nationwide. He was recently a youth advisory committee member of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia and a convenor of the Asian Australian Alliance.
With many accolades under his belt, he was also featured in the Australian National Maritime Museum’s “A Mile in My Shoes”, a project that celebrated the voices of migrants who have made Australia their home.
“I am honoured to be elected as the 23rd president of an organisation with such remarkable history,” he said.
“I wish to thank all members for entrusting me with this great responsibility.”
According to the Department of Home Affairs, the history between Australia and Malaysia goes back to the 18th century when Malays were involved in pearling and collecting trepang (sea slugs) off the north coast of Australia.
He believes that AMSA has a role to play in creating a support network to ensure a safe, happy and wonderful experience for those living, working or studying in Australia.