It has been an honour to be reelected as President of BIM for 2016/2017 term. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome new Exco Members following the recent Annual General Meeting that was held on 28th July 2016. I look forward to be working closely with the new Exco and fellow member organisations to steer the development of professional services inline with the vision and missions of BIM.
In the last Exco meeting we have outlined many exciting programs that could elevate the roles of BIM in the professional community. BIM must be seen and heard to be effective. In view of that proposition BIM will gear up the effort to promote and collaborate activities with member institutions. The proposed round table ASEAN Professional Dialogue is one of the bold step to promote BIM internationally. The task force has already been set up to plan and execute the proposed dialogue. We would welcome representatives from member institution to join the task force.
We are also planning to organise luncheon talks by prominent speakers to highlight issues that affect the society at large. The Annual Dinner and Professional Awards will also be organised as the highlight of the year.
The voice of BIM must be heard. One of the subjects that would be of interest to BIM to look at, is the issue of professional services in the public sector. In the past there was no entity that really look at the welfare of professionals in the public sector. We think BIM could play an important role as the voice of professionals and to provide recommendations to government to ensure effective contributions of professionals in the public sector.
Professionals are people who care and take the lead to preserve the environment. BIM in collaboration with FRIM and other agencies will embark on a CSR project in environmental conservation. A piece of land has already been earmarked in Jasin, Malacca as our test bed for the project. A proper execution plan is being drafted to ensure smooth implementation of the project.
One of the important elements that should be considered for BIM to stay relevant is to stay connected. This is where we would intensify the use of social media as a medium of communication to reach out to our stakeholders. Again we would welcome member institutions to share informations for mutual benefit. By doing that we hope more professional member institutions will be joining BIM in the future.
Together we can create a vibrant organisation that will meet our own professional needs and make Malaysia a better place to live.
My sincere thanks for the support of the Board of Management, Exco and Secretariat team that make BIM an organisation a pleasure to serve.