– The valid members of the Chamber, who have paid full membership fee, have the following rights:
– To advise or give any comment to the Chamber within the scope of the objectives of the Chamber through the Board of Directors or the Annual General Meeting or the Extraordinary General Meetings;
– To request clarification of an activity and/or request to inspect a property by submitting a letter to the Board of Directors;- To join in the General Meetings and to vote;
– To embellish the logo of the Chamber in an appropriate and honorable manner;
– To be an appointee of other members to join and vote in General Meetings.
CHAPTER 3- MEMBERSHIP
5. The Chamber shall be composed of members who are domiciled in The Kingdom of Thailand. The majority of members shall be natural persons having Malaysian nationality, or juristic persons having Malaysian nationality who are partners or shareholders holding more than half of the capital, including branches of juristic persons registered abroad. These natural persons or juristic persons shall be engaged in enterprises in the fields of trade, industry, agriculture, finance or other economic activities.
6. Membership shall be divided into three categories:
6.1 Ordinary members;
6.2 Associate members;
6.3 Honorary members.
7. “Ordinary members” shall be natural persons or juristic persons who are engaged in enterprises in the fields of trade, industry, agriculture, finance or other economic activities, and whose memberships are approved by the Board of Directors. The majority of ordinary members shall be natural persons or juristic persons of Malaysian nationality. Each Ordinary member is entitled to one vote. In the case where an ordinary member is a juristic person, who appoints more than one representative, their votes are counted as one vote.
8. “Associate members” shall be natural persons or juristic persons who satisfy the conditions set forth in Article 5 of the BY-LAWS of the Chamber but who do not wish to be ordinary members. They have no voting rights.
9. “Honorary members” shall be natural persons or juristic persons who will contribute financial support or lend prestige to the Chamber on a long-term basis. Honorary members are elected by the Board of Directors.
10. Apart from the qualifications for membership listed under Articles 7, 8 and 9, applicants for membership must meet the following conditions:
10.1 In the case of natural persons:
10.1.1 They must be sui juris;
10.1.2 They must not be bankrupt, incompetent or quasi-incompetent;
10.1.3 They must not have been sentenced to jail by judgement of a court of law, except when the offence was a petty offence of negligence;
10.1.4 They must be free from disease;
10.1.5 They must be of reasonable financial means;
10.1.6 They must be of good behaviour.
10.2 In the case of juristic persons:
10.2.1 They must not be bankrupt;
10.2.2 They must be of reasonable financial stability;
10.2.3 They must be properly registered with the government where they domicile.
A juristic person may appoint one natural person as a regular representative and/or another natural person as an alternate representative who may act on behalf of the juristic person in its affairs regarding the Chamber. The regular or alternate representative shall have the same rights as those of the juristic persons.
A natural person who is acting as a regular or alternate representative for a juristic person may not be appointed as a regular or alternate representative for another juristic person member.
The qualifications stated in Clause 10.1 shall apply to a representative of a juristic person.
11. The Patron of the Chamber shall be nominated, appointed and removed by the Board of Directors, subject to the approval of the Extraordinary General Meeting or Annual General Meeting. Should the Patron resign from the position, the Board of Directors should notify the members in the normal course of events. The Patron(s) shall be a qualified person(s) with social and professional standing in Thailand or in Malaysia and capable of providing guidance to the management of the Chamber.
12. Application for membership shall be as follows:
12.1 An application form shall be submitted in writing to the Chamber office, stating the following information:
12.1.1 The name and address, telephone and facsimile numbers, and e-mail address of the applicant;
12.1.2 The category of membership for which the application is made;
12.1.3 The type of enterprise in which the applicant is engaged.
12.2 Upon receipt of an application, it shall be submitted to the Board of Directors. An application may be approved only by a motion of the Board of Directors passed by a simple majority of votes of the Board.
Upon approval by the Board of Directors to accept the applicant???s membership, the membership will take effect on the very day itself.
12.3 When the Board of Directors has accepted an applicant for membership, the applicant shall be notified promptly.
13. Rights and Duties:
13.1 The valid members of the Chamber who have paid full membership fee, have the following rights:
13.1.1 To receive assistance and advantages connected with trade and economic affairs within the scope of the objectives of the Chamber;
13.1.2 To advise or give any comment to the Chamber within the scope of the objectives of the Chamber through the Board of Directors or the Annual General Meeting or the Extraordinary General Meetings;
13.1.3 To request clarification of an activity and/or request to inspect a property by submitting a letter to the Board of Directors;
13.1.4 To join in the General Meetings and to vote;
13.1.5 To embellish the logo of the Chamber in an appropriate and honourable manner;
13.1.6 To be an appointee of other members to join and vote in General Meetings.
13.2 The Members of the Chamber have the following duties:
13.2.1 To comply with the BY-LAWS of the Chamber, the resolutions of General Meetings, and the resolutions of the Board of Directors;
13.2.2 To maintain the honour and interests of the Chamber and not to disclose any information of the Chamber which will bring discredit or financial harm to the Chamber;
13.2.3 To promote and support the activities of the Chamber towards consistent growth and progress;
13.2.4 To maintain harmony among the members and carry on trade and other business in a reciprocal and honest manner;
13.2.5 To pay an annual fee to the Chamber accordingly;
13.2.6 Any member of the Chamber who has changed his/her name, family name, nationality, residential address, office location, business type or juristic person???s representative, etc. must give written notice to the Board of Directors within 15 days from the date of such a change.
14. Membership Subscription
Ordinary members and Associate members shall pay membership subscriptions, from the month when their memberships are approved to the end of the calendar year on a pro-rata basis. In the event, the application for membership is submitted and approved after September of the calendar year, the applicant is required to pay membership fees for the remaining months of the calendar year on a pro-rata basis and for the whole of the subsequent year (15 months).
A General Meeting determines annual subscription fees which shall be proposed and approved by at least three-fourths (3/4) of members of the Board of Directors present at the meeting. The fees are exclusive of any related taxes.
Unless otherwise prescribed in a resolution of the General Meeting of members, the annual membership fees for a natural person are Baht 1,500 and Baht 5,000 for a juristic person.
15. Any member who wishes to resign from membership must notify the Chairman of the Board thereof in writing and reimburse the Chamber for any outstanding accounts, inclusive of the subscription fees in arrears.
16. The Chamber may expel a member who has conducted himself/herself in an unbecoming manner, or when it is felt that allowing him/her to remain as a member would bring discredit or disrepute to the Chamber. Such expulsion must be approved by two-thirds (2/3) of the members present at the Board of Directors meeting. After an expulsion, a written notice will be provided to the member in question by the Board of Directors.
17. Membership may be terminated by the Board of Directors in any of the following cases:
17.1 Death, in the case of a member who is a natural person;
17.2 Lack of qualifications under Clause 5;
17.4 Being declared bankrupt by a court of law;
17.5 Being declared by a court of law to be legally incompetent or quasi incompetent;
17.6 Being sentenced by a final judgement to a term of imprisonment, except a petty offence or an offence of negligence;
17.7 Expulsion from membership under Article No. 16;
17.8 Arrears in payment of subscription fees for a period of longer than three months from the date of receipt of a reminder from the Chamber.