Actively responding to a variety of social issues is one way the Chamber keeps close ties with society, including criticizing racial discrimination. The earliest protest targeted the “For Chinese Only” first class carriage by the FMS Railways Company in 1904. As a major voice against social ills throughout the pre-war years, the Chamber also took initiatives to oppose public gambling and opium smoking, and to aid rehabilitation of people involved in these social ills.
The Chamber maintains its leadership as a representative of the Chinese community by voicing concern for the interests of a wide spectrum of the Chinese community, including both rich merchants and working class Chinese people, such as rickshaw pullers, hawkers, peddlers etc, whose everyday business were frequently affected by various government policies. As an intermediary between working class Chinese and the government, the Chamber helped to solve conflicts between the two.
After the introduction and implementation of National Culture Policy in 1970, the Chamber was a major voice to protect Chinese culture as the government imposed stricter control over Chinese language and cultural activities, such as restrictions on the size of Chinese characters of outdoor advertisement boards, lion dance performance permits etc.