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CHTNetwork – Where all good things in life meet… 脑网络延伸

CH’NG Huck Theng

Founding President CHTNetwork

CHTNetwork was founded in 2008 by CH’NG Huck Theng as a professional network that focuses on lifestyle branding, publications and prestigious events. The Network brings together a wide spectrum of clients, associates and friends to create a close-knit network of creativity and excellence known as “The CHT Community”. It is an exclusive community of beautiful people, excellent products and discerning clients.

Over the years, CHTNetwork has built a reputation of professionalism, credibility and integrity in its publications, impressive events and notable awards ceremonies. It is now one of the most sought after communications, marketing and event specialists in Malaysia and abroad.

Blazing a path in branding and lavish events, CHTNetwork established its two iconic global awards – the CHT Awards and Pinnacle International Excellence (PIE) Awards. These awards are the marks of excellence bestowed on leading brands, captains of industries and top corporations that are the talk of town since its introduction.

Ever mindful of the fact that social welfare is an important component of any society, the CHTNetwork introduced a series of corporate social responsibility programmes. At the forefront of its programmes are charity auctions and art sales in aid of less fortunate children and education. These programmes also provided a platform for local talents to promote and showcase their skills.


Year 2015 is the start of another milestone for CHTNetwork. The network is now building a strong presence in Australia, first with the launch of Essenze Australia and then the launch of its event space – SpACE@Collins, a posh venue for many signature CHTNetwork events in times to come. It will mark the beginning of a new era of glitzy events and the introduction of outstanding brands through its luxury lifestyle magazine. Surely, Australia will feel the buzz and excitement of a widespread network that brings people and industries together through memorable events.

Who is CHT?

CH’NG Huck Theng is a businessman to many but essentially, he is the man who brings people together through art and an extensive network of lifestyle brands, influential publications and beautiful people. A man of many talents, and hats for that matter, CHT is the heart and brains of his network in which he nurtured close friendships, introduced talents to the world and created inspiring events.

CHTNetwork was invited to cover the launch of Rado HyperChrome collection in Shanghai, China 2012.jpg
CHTNetwork was invited to cover the launch of Rado HyperChrome collection in Shanghai, China 2012

A world renowned artist and sculptor with a host of awards under his belt, he is also a publisher, art collector, curator and the founder of One East Museum. The museum is a testament of his artistic and creative talent along with his eye for superb quality. Well known for being the man behind glittering affairs and the launcher of great brands, it is no mean feat to hold as many accomplishments as he has.

On top of his professional accomplishments, CH’NG is currently the President of the oldest art society in the country, the Penang Art Society. He has earned numerous awards and recognition in business and art including McMillan Woods Global Awards, Nokia & Le Prestige ‘Malaysian Top 40 Under 40’, the Asia Art Award in Seoul, Korea, the shortlisted winner of London International Creative Competition (LICC), to name a few. His masterpieces are displayed in renowned art institutions and museums the world over including the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA) in Paris, Hong Kong University Museum & Art, Singapore Art Museum, National Art Gallery Malaysia and Shanghai Art Museum.

CHT was involved in the Malaysian-French Delegates discussions on arts and culture exchange programmes at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA) in Paris, 2009.jpg
CHT was involved in the Malaysian-French Delegates discussions on arts and culture exchange programmes at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA) in Paris, 2009

He is also the first Malaysian artist whose artwork was minted on coins – the “Anak Malaysia Limited Edition Silver Coins” – in commemoration of Malaysia’s 57th year of independence by Public Gold Group (Malaysia) and Royal East Pty Ltd (Australia) in 2014. Prior to this, his sculpture “Hand in Hand We Make A Better World” was selected by the Prime Minister of Malaysia as a national gift to China while another sculpture, “Salam”, was selected by the Malaysian Government as national gifts to Cities of London, UK and Melbourne, Australia.

As his string of achievements can attest, there is no stopping CH’NG from forging on to leave his mark and legacy of a community and network where all good things in life meet.

Just as CH’NG is known to say… “the best is yet to come!”

CHTNetwork拥有一个简单而新颖的哲理: 用感性与知性的新颖人际网络模式连接美好的人与事物。



CHTNetwork透过网络延伸的方式发展业务,比如:担任牵线人,推进马来西亚对外贸易发展局 (MATRADE) 在各国家的宣传交流,包括作为吉隆坡-墨尔本艺术展示会的策展单位。


CHT, Dato Jimmy Choo, Dato Nancy Yeoh, Dato Lewre Lew &  Soren Ravn.jpg
CHT, Dato Jimmy Choo, Dato Nancy Yeoh, Dato Lewre Lew & Soren Ravn

如今,CHTNetwork 迈入新里程碑,高端生活杂志 ESSENZE 马来西亚庆祝

10周年纪念,并且宣布 ESSENZE 澳大利亚杂志初版在墨尔本推展。


CHTCH’NG Huck Theng (庄学腾) 名字的简写,也意味着这个独特的脑网络组织是以他个人或周边为中心辐射点,然后再投射到不同的专业领域。作为贸易商人出身,半途出家的艺术创作者和业余出版作家,庄学腾拒绝单一化,寻求创建更多元化的组织,激起社会的文化活力。








开拓艺术领域成就的同时,他就任为马来西亚历史最悠久的槟城州艺术协会最年轻的会长,他在 2009 2011年被委任为马来西亚国家艺术画廊的董事会成员。


2014年,马来西亚建国第57周年,马来西亚大众金行集团联合澳大利亚 Royal East Pty. Ltd. 以庄学腾的作品

大马之子 – Anak Malaysia” 为原型,推出限量版银币,共计188枚。这是首位马来西亚艺术家的作品被印制为纪念银币,堪称是国家艺术作品历史性突破。

另外,他的一组创作系列雕塑祈祝 – Salam”也被马来西亚政府当作国礼送予英国伦敦市和澳大利亚墨尔本市。

2015年,庄学腾也在极富盛名的 McMillan Woods Global Award荣获最高级个人组别年度卓越策展人大奖

作为 CHTNetwork 的首脑人物,他相信身为艺术工作者不仅是创作和具有独特概念,但深一层推动宣扬艺术文化和相关工业,让人们,社会和经济受惠。

Made In Melbourne 行走在墨尔本街道


Councillor, City of Melbourne, Chairman of Planning

“For me, being a Councillor is not a career path,” claims Cr Ken Ong, a Malaysian-born businessman who is currently serving his second term as Councillor of the City of Melbourne. “My background is in Engineering but I have also been very active in community volunteer work since 1984. I found it very rewarding to help and support non-profit organisations in their work, but I  also discovered that a lot of it is run with very little support from the Government, hence much time is spent on fund-raising. About 15 years ago, it was suggested that maybe I could look at entering politics and try to influence policies that increase support for the non-profit sector.”

This altruistic intention was set in motion when he joined the Liberal Party before trying for a seat in the Victoria State Parliament, back in 2006. “Why the Liberal Party?,” Cr Ong asks before explaining his decision. “Their values of respecting individual rights and supporting the endeavours of individuals to better themselves is something I also adhere to. While I believe that there needs to be social welfare services to support those who need it, those who are able to improve themselves should be encouraged to do so rather than to just receive handouts and not try to do something about getting themselves ahead.”

Failure to get elected did not prevent Cr Ong from trying again in 2008, this time running for the Local Council elections for the City of Melbourne, instead. The first two years following his appointment was focused on Community Services, the Arts and Multicultural Communities, Waste management and the business precincts. “I spent 30-40 hours a week on this “part-time” role in addition to running my own business and other community activities,” says the busy statesman who is keen to walk the talk. “It is not about how much time spent and how much we get paid – for me it is about wanting to achieve outcomes which will improve the city for its people. It is the reason why I entered politics. I believe that we need to achieve and not focus on the politics of the role or the popularity factor which is about votes and getting re-elected. As I mentioned before, it is NOT a career in politics that I am after. As such, I am not about trying to please everyone or please some small group of voters.”

As councillor, Cr Ong has faced his share of challenges in ensuring the world’s most livable city retains its allure. One of the key components is infrastructure, which ironically, is lacking budget allocations despite the predicted growth of people living and working in the city. “We have a saying: “Great streets make great cities”. A great city is designed firstly for people and people will need to use the streets. New developments need to contribute to improving and expanding infrastructure at ground level. Otherwise, one of the key factors of our liveability – urban design and urban landscape and the streets – will be affected negatively,” he points out.

The effects of progress is something that Cr Ong has witnessed first-hand after he moved to Melbourne three decades ago, some for the better and some for worse. “From less than 6,000 residents in the city in the late 1980s, there are now 120,000 residents living in the municipality of the City of Melbourne and a daily weekday population of 900,000. All these changes are actually very good as it has developed into a very cosmopolitan city which is also a centre of sports, arts and culture, food and wine and tertiary education. (But) one thing that has happened in the last 3 to 4 years is the influx of foreign investments which seem to have a view that we can develop Melbourne similar to that of a mega city, with large residential towers which sometimes do not provide for amenities for its residents, that do not respect its neighbours or do enough to respect the streets.”

With so much time dedicated to the city, his business and volunteer projects, its not surprising that moments of leisure are scarce but valued. “My garden provides me with relaxation, reading both fiction and non-fiction and spending time at home relaxing,” says Cr Ong who is married with two  children in university. “Raising children anywhere is a challenge. Raising children in a foreign country has the added challenge of ensuring that they are able to remember their heritage and mother language as well as the cultural values. It is not always easy. In Australia, where nearly half the population are immigrants, it is even harder. However, there are many communities who have groups who try to encourage cultural and language activies to help in this area.”

On the cultural note, Cr Ong who chose to move to Melbourne for the better quality of life it offered, is himself, very involved in the Chinese Association of Victoria, having served  in the committee since 1985. “I believe that our heritage and where we come from is very important in defining our beliefs, our character and how we express ourselves in what we do. Staying close to our roots means we do not forget who we are, where we came from, what we have learnt and experienced, and that we hold them as our underpinning principles. Otherwise, our identity will be lost.”


Cr Ken Ong-在马来西亚出生的商人,有着专业工程师背景,现在则是墨尔本市议员。从1984年开始,他活跃穿梭于志愿团体中,只因对建设社会的执着。过后我开始清晰认知,如果要成为非营利组织的后盾,那么只有我投身政治,利用其中影响力做出改变。


在维多利亚州议席选举失利的结果并不影响Ken Ong继续前进的心志。2008年,他终于在墨尔本市议会的选举中胜出,而在当选前两年里,他把工作焦点都集中在社区服务、艺术和多元文化组织、有害废弃物管理和商业区域。









Wunderkind of Iron Will 铁血般的意志

Joe Perri

President / Victoria Chapter, Australia Malaysia Business Council

The story begins over six decades ago. An obscure immigrant couple of Italian descent, whose only real chance at survival at the time, was to pick up what was left of their mangled existence after the second World War, exit their motherland, and start over in a whole new world—the forever home they would soon recognise as Australia. The man goes ahead, slogs to save a few coins, and sends them back for the woman. She then joins him in Sydney where they exchange vows before settling down in Melbourne.


The pair’s labours haven’t fallen on futile ground. The testament of their triumphs and tribulations are captured through a single fruit of their union—a male offspring who’d go on to become a walking legend. That human treasure is who the world today celebrates as Joe Perri, the president of the Australia Malaysia Business Council’s (AMBC) Victorian chapter. A master of ship who directs with heart and depth, his origins mark a set of footprints indelibly printed on the sands of a past bent on making history.

Holding dear beliefs, lessons, and strength of character passed down from parents who dared to dream, his remarkable trail, according to the man himself, is the sum total of a heritage rooted in sheer perseverance. “Their love, care, and guidance have stayed with me always and continue to provide me with a beacon and are the values and morals which sit at the core of my character when relating to my own wife, family, friends, and clients, and so on,” Perri notes.


Although well into his fifties, he continues to look to his exemplary guardians as his ultimate source of inner zest. Smiling on the path already trodden, he’s anxious to plot the voyage that remains. It’s been 10 years since his immersion in international trade relations began. He was propositioned to use his wealth of marketing and communications expertise to assist the newly appointed national president of the AMBC at the time. Eagerly accepting, he then proceeded to join the organisation in his home base as member.

“The activities of the council, friendly nature of its members, their diverse backgrounds, and business interests in Malaysia motivated me to go beyond just being a member and led to my joining the Victorian executive team.” Here, his skills in marketing, public relations, communications, and more were put to good use. As a result, the appointment followed his election to VP and subsequently president, three years ago. Nine years before his first AMBC commission, the marketer founded his personal venture, Joe Perri & Associates.

“I’m a very positive glass-half-full kinda guy who enjoys working and engaging with people. Life’s too short not to have it filled with enriching experiences, which is why I enjoy my career path.” Picking up on that last point, his duties are divided into two streams—a commercial side where he helps businesses achieve goals through marketing and PR processes as well as a CSR side which he commits to in a voluntary capacity as president.


He adds cultural understanding and appreciation are feats to tackle, and that the way forward is to have the Asian and Western ways of conducting business adjust accordingly so the best of both worlds is the ultimate outcome. Facing these hurdles won’t be a cinch, but the implications on leadership and prospect of having to flex his captain of industry is justification enough for a heightened sense of exhilaration on his part.

“What an exciting time to be in business. International trade is quite frankly in overdrive,” the AMBC head quips.

It’s become increasingly clear to Perri that no country or economy can operate in isolation; every nation is now part of the global ecosystem. To maintain success and strengthen mutually-beneficial trade and investments between countries, alliances are a necessity—and more so, since Malaysia is Australia’s eighth largest trading partner. “The Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement enforced in 2013 was a significant step forward and will continue to be a platform to build on with more trade between the two nations.”


On family, Perri’s consists of his wife, Luigina, two children, Danielle and Matthew, a goldfish as well as a “spoilt cat”. The latest to join that lineage is his son’s fiancée, Juliet. Their wedding takes place in October—the festivities for which the entire household is keenly anticipating. For senior, coming home to a loving family is one of the truest blessings in life. He may be a trade specialist, but the people mentioned above aren’t anyone he’d exchange for anything else.

Adding to that list, he is just as proud to have seen the world. Speaking of going places, the wanderlust-lover recently spent a weekend away with loved ones at a small township called Metung in the beautiful Gippsland Lakes area, a four-hour drive from Melbourne. “It was literally divine.  No tourist attractions, McDonalds, theme parks, cable TV or even a decent cell phone signal. Each morning, we woke to the sound of dolphins, seals, and pelicans in the water.” Now, he can’t wait to get back in a month.


这是澳大利亚马来西亚商务理事会 (AMBC) 维多利亚分会会长 Joe Perri 的家族故事,他的出身标志着一个不可磨灭的历史痕迹。




具有丰富市场营销和交流专业知识的 Joe Perri,加入国际贸易组织至今已经10年。当时,他接到协助 AMBC 新任全国会长的工作提议时,立刻欣然的接受。

当然,由于出色的表现,最终的结果是:他当选为副会长,随后成为会长。其实在这之前,他的个人创业公司,Joe Perri & Associates 成立已久。




Joe Perri 清楚认知到:任何国家或经济无法孤立操作;每一个国家现在是全球生态系统的一部分。为了保持加强各国间的互利贸易和投资,联盟是一种必然的结果。


谈到家庭,他与妻子 – Luigina,一对儿女 Danielle Matthew,最新加入的家人是他儿子的未婚妻,Juliet。儿子与未来媳妇深受祝福的婚礼将在10月举行,就是这位乐观男性的真实幸福家庭生活。


“Metung 没有旅游景点、麦当劳、主题公园,有线电视,甚至手机信号。早晨醒来只能聆听着海豚、海豹和鹈鹕欢腾的声音。