Our Team

9 April 2014 - 2:42pm Comments Off

The Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) executive committee comprises of five respected, highly accomplished individuals who possess the skills, dedication and vision necessary to manifest a project of such magnitude.

They work to give Malaysia an alternative cultural and learning institution that will benefit everyone and anyone for generations to come.


Datuk May Phng

CEO, KFR President, Kechara House Board of Directors, Kechara Organisation 
Executive Director

Datuk May has a proven track record in establishing and running a very successful business empire with interests in property development, automotive assembly, manufacturing and retail.

Her company currently owns and operates the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf franchise in China with a chain of 32 outlets. She also sits on the Board of Trustees of the Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council, is a Director of Malcorp (Malaysian Consortium of Rubber Products) and an Executive Committee Member of the Malaysian Rubber Products Manufacturers’ Association.

Her forte is in management, operations and fund raising and her business acumen and expertise is an invaluable contribution to the team. She is fully engaged in the project not for its building but for what it really stands for, a place that would benefit countless beings.


Pastor Henry Ooi

Executive Committee Member, KFR
Board of Directors, Kechara Organisation
Director of Kechara Paradise
Kechara Pastor

Henry is one of the pioneers of the Kechara Organisation who has been involved in the every phase of its development and growth, choosing to commit his life full-time to a cause he believes in. He therefore understands well the workings of a spiritual organization and the needs of spiritual seekers.

Henry is a people person and his strength lies in counseling and managing people and he does that well due to his experience and wisdom through his many years of service. He is passionate about his work and has made it his mission to be part of the team that is instrumental in establishing the Kechara Forest Retreat for the benefit of the people and the country.


JP Thong

Executive Committee Member, KFR
Board of Directors, Kechara Organisation
Director of Operations, Tsem Ladrang

JP Thong is a graduate of New York University with corporate experience in time-share resorts, management of property and hotel investments and the furniture trade. Being also a talented singer, JP has performed in corporate functions as well as very established theatres in Kuala Lumpur such as The Actors Studio and The KL Performing Arts Centre.

JP is currently the Director of Operations of Tsem Ladrang, the residence and private office of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, taking charge of fund raising and all secular needs of His Eminence. He coordinates all major Ladrang projects, key events, public relations, communications and fundraising initiatives.

JP is respected in the organisation as a very capable manager, results-driven but kind and nurturing towards his team. His drive stems from wanting to be of benefit to others always. His dedication to the organisation, experience in hospitality and his astute management capabilities makes him a valuable asset to spearhead the establishment of Kechara Forest Retreat as a world-class tourist destination.

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