The Beginning of MKMA

 The formation of the Malaysian Knitting Manufacturers Association (MKMA) was first mooted in the year 1975 by the knitters in Kuala Lumpur. They include:-

1.      Hing Yiap Knitting Industries Sdn. Bhd.

2.      Wah Foong Knitting Factory (KL) Sdn. Bhd.

3.      Samyu Knitting Factory Sdn. Bhd.

4.      Tai Tatt Knitting Factory Sdn. Bhd.

5.      Selangor Cotton Towel Mfg. Sdn. Bhd.

6.      Lee Nam Knitting Industries Sdn. Bhd.

7.      Chung Kai Knitting Factory Sdn. Bhd.

Later the MKMA was officially formed in the middle of the 1975, it first rented and later purchase the office lot in Choo Cheng Kay Building in Birch Road, Kuala Lumpur. Later when the Association expanded, it sold the said property and bought a 3-storey shop-lot in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. The property was purchased with the contribution from all its members.

In later 1975, the Association decided to adopt a logo and an advertisement was place in the local newspaper writing to public to contribute a drawing (design) for the MKMA magazine. Eventually,  a logo was adopt and a sum of RM500 was paid to the contributor.

In subsequent years, the knitting industry expanded and as most of its members was from the south, the Association decided purchase a shop-lot in Batu Pahat to serve as its office. It is my hope that the Association will grow from strength to strength and become one of the leading industries in Malaysia.

~ By Mr Hooi Hong Weng

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