Mr. Goh Seng Chai

 
Goh Seng Chai, started his Dhamma work in 1961, is currently active in many social and religious activities. Having for the last 51 years contributed to the advancement of harmony and peace in the community through social and religious organizations. He has not just participated but successfully initiated programs and activities at the international, national, state and organizational levels. Through those activities, he has held many positions from being a member of the Executive Councils to managing as Deputy Honorary Secretary General and Honorary Secretary General to leadership roles of Vice Presidency and as President.

As a Malaysian, he is member of the International Organizing Committee comprising of Buddhists Leaders from 61 countries to assist in the planning and organizing of United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations in Thailand, hosted by Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, an initiative sponsored by the Royal Thai Government. The committee is also charged to help develop Buddhamonthon to become a Center for World Buddhism. He is also elected to the Working Committee to oversee protocols as well as being the Honorary Assistant Secretary of the International Secretariat to share his experience in planning and in the development of training programs for the upcoming celebrations in 2007. He was also the Deputy Secretary of the International Organizing Committee of the United Nations Day of Vesak Celebration in Hanoi, Vietnam, hosted by the Vietnam Buddhist University.

He started his international Buddhist works way back from 1969 when the 9th General Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists was held in Malaysia, helping out as a member of the Secretariat of the General Conference.

In 2002, two international conferences were held back to back in Shah Alam. He served as the Organizing Secretary as well as the Event Director of the 2nd Global Conference of Buddhism and as the Organizing Chairperson for the 22nd General Conference the World Fellowship of Buddhists and the 14th General Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhist Youths, which was opened by our former Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Since he was elected as a member of the Executive Council member of the World Fellowship of Buddhist at its 22nd General Conference in 2002, he played an active part in the meeting of the Executive Council by contributing various ideas and proposals. One of his many ideas was the first WFB 6-Year Plan 2006 2012 which was approved at the 23rd General Conference.

Since 1977, he has participated in many Buddhists Conferences, Seminars and Forums in Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Australia, Korea and Taiwan as well as in locally organized international events.

He was actively contributing to the society and community as a youth. From late 1970s, through his participation in Majlis Belia, he went on to render his service as a member of the Executive Council of Majlis Belia of Selangor. He has also served as Senior Vice President of the Federal Territory Youth Council for a number of years.

He organizes Buddhist Life Circle Camps and courses on the structuring of Buddhist organizations and other courses needed by the Buddhist community.

In his career, he was an enthusiastic sports person taking part in many sports and recreational activities in his employment leading up to his later appointment as the a member of the Executive Committee for the Company's Recreation Club to oversee the employee's welfare and program.

In 2011, he served as the Hon Secretary of the protem Committee on the formation of Malaysia Nestle Retirees Association which he assisted in getting it registered within the period of 5 months.

Currently, he is holding the following positions internationally and locally:

Consultant and Special Advisor to Buddhist Federation of Australia
  Consultant and Special Advisor to United Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation of Australia & New Zealand
  Assistant Secretary-General of the International Council for the Day of Vesak (ICDV)
  Member of the Advisory Committee, International Association of Buddhist University (IABU)
  President of Loka Mitta Buddhist Fellowship Malaysia
  Consultant to the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM).
  Lay Advisor of Setenang Buddhist Society Selangor & Kuala Lumpur
  Lay Advisor of Selangor Khamgar Druk Dhamakara Buddhist Association

He has written 11 articles on the various aspects of Buddhism ranging from leadership, organizational to social issues that are being published in the Buddhist Channel, a website for Buddhists.

AWARDS
In recognition of his service to the Buddhist community, he was awarded the "Pingat Bakti Belia (PBB)" by the Selangor Youth Council in 1982 and "Outstanding Buddhist Worker" by the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia in 1993. In the year 2000, His Royal Highness, the Sultan of Selangor Darul Ehsan conferred him the royal medal of "Pingat Jasa Kebaktian" (PJK) in recognition of his dedication in providing social services to the public.

Contract Information:
Correspondence Address: No. 22 Jalan 18/44, 40200 Shah Alam, Selangor D.E., Malaysia
Mobile Telephone Contact: +6012-3915539,
Telephone / Fax Contact: +603-5541 1613
Email: gohschai@streamyx.com / gohschai@gmail.com