presidential address of the Iem President
Building the Past, Engineering the Present,
Educating the Future
Y.Bhg. Dato’ Engr. Prof. Dr Chuah Hean Teik
The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia
The Immediate Past President, Past Presidents, Deputy President, Vice-Presidents, Members of Council, and my fellow engineers.
BUILDING THE PAST – A TRIBUTE TO Engineers Malaya was formed on 1 May 1959 and later renamed The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia.
OUR PAST ENGINEERING LEADERS
Year 2009 marks a significant milestone in the history
of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) as it crosses the half-century mark of its formation. It has been 50 years since its birth on 1 May 1959 when IEM began its journey through
uncharted territory, as the first professional institution dedicated to promote and advance professional engineering in all disciplines and to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas relating to engineering.
Let us refresh our memory on the history of formation of
professional engineering organisations in our country. In 1932, an engineering association was founded in Kuala Lumpur. However, it did not last long. It was only after a few other unsuccessful efforts that a glimpse of achievement was attained with the
formation of the Technical Association of Malaya (TAM) in April 1946. TAM was set up for all those in engineering, architectural and surveying disciplines. A joint group of the United Kingdombased Institutions of Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers was established in 1949 to service these professions. Arising to the increasing number of local engineers, the need to have a professional organisation dedicated to advance our profession was inevitable. Under the stewardship of our founding president the late Tan Sri Ir. Haji Yusoff bin Ibrahim and his team, the Institution of Journal - The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (Vol. 71, No.2, June 2009)
Born exactly 20 months after...
References:  “Engineers in Nation Building”, Board of Engineers
Malaysia 30th Anniversary Commemorative Book, 2002
Journal - The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (Vol. 71, No.2, June 2009)
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