The Malaysian Chamber of Mines was constituted via an Act of Parliament, namely the Malaysian Chamber of Mines Incorporation Act 1914. Any changes to its Constitution require the approval of the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia.
Management of the Chamber is vested in a Council comprising 15 elected members and three nominated members. Of the latter, two are nominated by the Miners’ Association of Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang and the other by the Bumiputra Chamber of Mines Malaysia.
The Chamber Council usually meets once every two months. Its Annual General Meeting is normally held in May each year. The AGM is followed by an Annual Luncheon.
The Chamber draws its membership from the major mining companies, mining management groups, consultants, engineers, individuals and other mining Associations. It is the oldest Chamber of its kind in the country, and currently has a membership of some 200 comprising honorary, life, individual, corporate and other mining Chamber/Association members.
The Chamber Secretariat was located in Ipoh until 1975 when it moved to the Federal capital, Kuala Lumpur. This move was consonant with the need for the Chamber to be in closer proximity with the relevant Ministries, Government departments and agencies with which it has considerable dealings on matters pertaining to the minerals resource industry.
The Secretariat services three other associated bodies, namely the Tin Industry (Research and Development) Board, the Malaysian Tin Products Manufacturers’ Association (MTPMA), and The Kuala Lumpur Tin Market (KLTM). The Secretariat is located on the 8th Floor, West Block, Wisma Selangor Dredging, 142-C Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia since 1 September 1989
Two related mining professional bodies maintain their registered office at the Chamber Secretariat. They are the Institute of Mineral Engineering, Malaysia and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (Malaysian Branch).
Tuan Hj. Muhamad Nor Muhamad is the Executive Director of the Chamber and is supported by five other senior officers. In addition, the Chamber employs two part time Consultants and three junior support staff
- The Chamber’s primary objectives are;
- To protect, promote and advance the general interest of the minerals resource community in Malaysia,
- To collect, classify and diffuse minerals resource information,
- To consider all questions connected with the minerals industry and promote public discussion thereon,
- To communicate and exchange information on minerals resource industry matters to and with other minerals industry associations in Malaysia and elsewhere,
- To promote and facilitate the minerals resource industry contribution to sustainable development within the national and global sustainable development strategies.
The Malaysian Chamber of Mines (MCOM) is one of the founder members of the ASEAN Federation of Mining Associations (AFMA).
MCOM is the current host Secretariat for AFMA covering the period from 2015 to 2017. The President of MCOM is currently the President of AFMA and MCOM’s Executive Director is the Secretary General of AFMA.
The primary objectives of AFMA are to foster cooperation and mutual assistance among the members; promote the dissemination and exchange of information on the mineral policies; laws and regulations of member countries; foster research and studies of subjects relevant to the mineral industry; adopt measures to protect the mineral industry in Southeast Asia; hold symposia, conferences, congresses, meetings, workshops and exhibitions; update members on new or advanced mining techniques and technologies; establish and maintain relations with other international mining bodies and represent the mineral industry of Southeast Asia in international conferences, congresses and meetings concerning the mineral industry.
Membership of AFMA is composed of the national mining chambers/ associations of the respective ASEAN member countries. Its current membership comprise the four founding members, namely the Malaysian Chamber of Mines, Indonesian Mining Association, Chamber of Mines of the Philippines and the Mining Industry Council of Thailand. Whilst the Lao Mining Association, the Cambodian Association of Mining and Exploration Companies and the Myanmar Federation of Mining Association joined AFMA memberships in 2004, 2010 and 2013 respectively.