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EIT Organised Disaster Management Seminar for AFEO Prepared by Ir. Kim Kek Seong, IEM and Assoc. Prof. Dr Kitjapat Phuvoravan, EIT This is the first time ASEAN engineers gather and have in depth technical exchange on disaster related issue. Representatives from Philippine Technological Council (PTC), The Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT), Myanmar Engineering Society (MES), Laos Union of Science and Engineering Associations (LUSEA), Pertubuhan Ukur, Jutuera dan Arkitek, Brunei (PUJA) & The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) participated in this 2-day seminar. There were other engineers who also participated in this seminar as well. The event hosted by EIT was organised at the EIT premises from 24 - 25 August 2016 and the delegates were all housed at the Hotel SC Park Bangkok, Thailand. The seminar aimed to provide participants with the knowledge exchange of technology for disaster prediction, perspective, achievement of the defence and role of engineers between each member country. In addition, the participants were to learn the interesting case studies on the simulation situation. The event started with a simple welcoming ceremony by the Organiser of the Seminar at the “ASEAN Engineering Night” delivered by Assoc. Prof. Dr Suttisak Soralump, who is both the Chairman of Foreign Affairs, EIT and Chairman of AFEO Work Group on Disaster Preparedness. After his welcoming speech, Country Representatives took turns to deliver their papers.

That night on August 24, EIT organised the “ASEAN Engineering Night” with a dinner talk at the SC Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. The objective of this night event was to invite ASEAN citizens who have worked in Thailand to gather and share their valuable engineering working experiences in Thailand. Also present was H.E. Dato’ Nazirah binti Hussain, Ambassador of Malaysia, who gave a special speech and lecture. Mr. Alan Gonzales from AIT Alumni and Mr. Zaw Zaw Aye from Seafco Public Company Limited also shared their experiences in this presentation. The evening ended with the Certificate Presentation Ceremony to AER members in Thailand. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kitjapat Phuvoravan, Thai Country Registrar, also attended the ceremony as the Event Moderator. International Project Administration Company Limited supported the event with 18 engineering


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EIT Organised Disaster Management Seminar for AFEO

staffs who became AER members. Mr. Jerasak Prachgosin, Managing Director, a representative from the company was in attendance to receive the Certificates of Appreciation for the company. The next day, the delegation were taken on a visit to Bangkok Metapolitan Administration (BMA). BMA is an equivalent to Malaysian Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur or the Kuala Lumpur City Hall. A visit was also made to the Department of Drainage and Sewerage to study the engineering technology to manage the drainage system. The participants were at the Flood Control Centre and met by Chief of Flood Control System Section, Mr. Sunsern. The area under the supervision of this department, has an estimated population of 10 million. The land area around this area in Bangkok has an average ground level of 10cm from the sea only. This Flood Control Centre is the centerlised command centre for all the flood gates and pump houses in Bangkok. Water level meter were installed not only on rivers and canals, but also on low land areas. These water meters provide real time information which is send to the control room to give updated information and provide a scenario to allow the centre to give a better analysed result. Local street view CCTVs could also be viewed through the room in the control centre.

Regular meterology department weather forecast is also available and it provided updated information on the weather from day to day and from time to time to this department for better preparation and planning. On top of that, two weather satellites have been installed in Bangkok under this department to acquire real time weather conditions. Dikes have been built to save guard the low land areas; canals were built to accommodate larger flow rate; pump houses and flood gates were also being monitor and regulated according to the water level. Participants were fortunate to allow the visit to one of the pump house built beside a water canal. Apart from being the Control Centre, this Centre also acts as a public communication and broadcast centre. The Centre have website able to announce weather conditions and flooding situations, telephone facilities for public to call in, and Lines Social Media Communication portal too. AER NEWSLETTER • January - June 2017


EIT Organised Disaster Management Seminar for AFEO

Coincidently, there was a heavy down pour which happened the night before. Hence our host, Mr. Sunsern had to stay awake the whole night to monitor the situation since the downpour started. He was commanding and managing the gates and pump system according to the situation. The delegate at the visit was informed that for that particular night the rain volume was estimated at 10cm in 4 hours. Despite all mechanism being operated and well managed, the rains still resulted in some mild flooding in several areas. However these flash floods were quickly put under control. The consequence of the flood only caused traffic congestion till midnight. The delegation was informed that there were a few pump houses guarding the capital city of Bangkok. A visit was made to one of the pump houses. This particular pump house has 4 pumps. Each pump has the capacity to transfer 15m3/sec, with the total capacity of 60m3/sec amongst the 4 pumps. In other words, a standard Olympic size swimming pool volume (2,500m3) will be displaced by this pump house in just 42 seconds. At the end of the visit, Mr. Sunsern revealed that though many counter measures had been implemented. One interesting observation which the department continues to observe and monitor is the sea and land level. As observed, the differences of sea and land level is reducing year by year. This inevitability made the flood control task becoming more and more challenging, as more variation and different contributing factors happened every year.

The Seminar highlighted that flood control, mitigation and risk reduction efforts are collective efforts and are also responsibilities of many different government agencies with technical experts’ support. BMA continues to make efforts to collaborate with many stakeholders including universities and private sectors to safeguard the city and to reduce the risk of flood. Such efforts are highly commendable. Overall the entire event was very fruitful and the delegation had a good experience and gained a lot of knowledge from the event. It was a very well organised effort by EIT. EIT would like to record their appreciation to Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand and Team Consulting Engineering and Management Co. Ltd for their generous sponsorship in making the event possible.


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MELAKA CHIEF MINISTER – Datuk Seri Ir. Hj. Idris Haron conferred AFEO Honorary Fellow

Executive Members of The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) made a courtesy visit to the Melaka Chief Minister on 29 August 2016. During the Courtesy Visit, the IEM President, Ir. Tan Yean Chin bestowed the AFEO Honorary Fellow Award to YAB Datuk Seri Ir. Hj. Idris Bin Hj. Haron; on behalf of AFEO (ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations) witness by Ir. Ong Ching Loon, AFEO Secretary General and Ir. Ellias Saidin, AER Head Commissioner. The award presentation ceremony was also witness by Melaka State Secretary – Y.Bhg. Datuk Wira Naim Abu Bakar, Ir. IEM President confer AFEO Khairul Ezuan Haron (CEO of Kumpulan Honorary Fellow to YAB Datuk Seri Ir. Hj. Idris Bin Hj. Haron, Chief Melaka Berhad), Ir. David Lai Kong Minister of Melaka Phooi (IEM Deputy President), Ir. Yam Teong Sian (IEM Honorary Secretary), Ir. Wong Chee Fui (IEM Executive Director), Ir. Ooi Kah Huat and Ir. Mohammad Ariff Bin Hj. A. Karim (IEM Melaka Branch representatives and IEM Past Chairman). AFEO is a non-governmental body comprising the engineering institutions and organisations of ASEAN countries with the main objective of developing an ASEAN baseline standard for the engineering profession to facilitate the mobility of the engineers within the ASEAN countries. Each year, the AFEO Governing Board confers the AFEO Honorary Fellow Award to persons of acknowledged eminence who have rendered outstanding services to the engineering profession and/or to their Nation. There are three main criteria for the AFEO Honorary Fellowship Award. First, the candidate must have contributed to the advancement of the engineering profession, the Institution or the nation. Second, the candidate must have shown outstanding greatness of spirit, integrity and devotion to the engineering profession, the Institution or the nation. And third, the candidate must have shown selfless service without expecting public recognition.

Courtesy Visit Melaka Chief Minister on 29 August 2016

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MELAKA CHIEF MINISTER – Datuk Seri Ir. Hj. Idris Haron conferred AFEO Honorary Fellow

The Institution of Engineers Malaysia have close collaboration with Melaka State Government, where IEM has signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with several Melaka local councils such as Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah (MBMB) and Majlis Perbandaran Hang Tuah Jaya (MPHTJ). IEM can channel engineering support and professional advice to the Melaka State Government. IEM will also assist the local councils in promoting public awareness about the engineering aspects and safety regulations related to engineering amongst the public. YAB Datuk Seri Ir. Hj. Idris Bin Hj. Haron, has been a member of IEM for more than 10 years and under his leadership, Melaka has developed and advanced with the focus on engineering advancement. IEM would like to extend our congratulation to YAB Datuk Seri Ir. Hj. Idris Bin Hj. Haron, Melaka Chief Minister on his conferment of AFEO Honorary Fellow Award.

Conferment of AFEO Honorary Fellow to YAB Datuk Seri Ir. Hj. Idris Bin Hj. Haron, Chief Minister of Melaka

Cafeo 35 Will Be in Bangkok, Thailand Theme: Towards A Sufficiency Economy: Paths to Sustainable Development Date : 16-18 November, 2017


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AFEO Energy Tour 2016, Malaysia Prepared by Dr Kwan Ban Hoe, Grad. IEM

Group photo at IEM building

IEM’s Electrical Engineering Technical Division (EETD) in collaboration with ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) had organised a 3-Day AFEO Energy Tour 2016 in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia from 21 - 23 September 2016. There were 15 representatives from AFEO organisations such as Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, 2 representatives from Timor Leste also joined as invited observers. This event was sponsored by International Copper Association Southeast Asia (ICA) and Dexon Electrical Engineering Sdn. Bhd. The welcome reception was held in the morning session of the first day at IEM building. The welcome address was presented by Ir. Ellias Saidin, ASEAN Engineer Register (AER) Head Commissioner. It was followed by the briefing on itinerary for the tour by Ir. Yau Chau Fong, EETD Chairman. After that, Ir. Francis Xavier Jacob, AFEO Energy Chairman presented the “Overview of Malaysia’s Energy Efficiency (EE) Initiatives”. Whereas, “Overview of Malaysia’s Renewable Energy (RE) Initiatives” was presented by Y.Bhg. Dato’ Ir. Dr. Ali Askar Sher Mohamad, IEM. On the same morning, the launch of the ASEAN Engineering Inspectorate (AEI) Guidebook titled “A Guide to Inspection and Testing of Low Voltage Electrical Installations of Buildings” was officiated by Ir. Ellias Saidin, Ir. Yau Chau Fong and Mr. Bek Chee Jin from ICA. The publication of the AEI Guidebook was funded by ICA and the AEI guidelines aim to promote harmonization of electrical inspection standards and practices in ASEAN. Subsequently, the ASEAN Service Providers’ Confederation (ASPC) was launched by Ir. Choo Kok Beng, ASPC President. Besides that, the delegates from Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand also presented their topics on “Renewable Energy Development in Cambodia”, “35 GW Projects & Indonesia Integrated LNG/Gas Infrastructure Projects” and “Energy Technology for Environment” respectively. At the afternoon session, an arrangement was made to visit The Energy Commission Diamond Building, which is the winner of multiple energy award building, at Putrajaya. The overview of Energy Commission was presented by Ir. Abdul Rahim Bin Ibrahim, Director of Energy Management Development and Service Quality Department. After that, Mr. Zulkiflee Umar, Head of Demand Side Management Unit, delivered a presentation titled “Energy Commission Diamond Building - A Showcase of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building”. The Diamond Building was designed to reduce the building energy consumption. These designs include installation of photovoltaic panels, tilting facade, use of radiant cooling slabs, rainwater harvesting and optimise daylight utilisation with reflective panels. Most of these features were highlighted during the building tour after the presentation. In the evening, a free and easy tour was conducted around Putrajaya, which is the Federal Administrative Centre of Malaysia. The tour was AER NEWSLETTER • January - June 2017


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followed by the evening river cruise with breath-taking view at Putrajaya Lake. The guests were served with delicious dinner on the cruise boat as well.

Group photo at Energy Commission

The visit to Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – Sunway Line was in the morning of the second day. This elevated BRT system is a project by Prasarana Malaysia Berhad and Sunway Berhad under the Public-Private Partnership initiative which aims to solve the traffic congestion problem in Bandar Sunway and Subang Jaya. The system has 5.4 km dedicated bus lanes with 7 stations between Setia Jaya and USJ7. These stations are served by 12 ecofriendly battery-run electric buses with capacity of 60 pax per bus. After the presentation of BRT operations by Mr. Shamsul Rizal Mohd Yusof, Chief Operating Officer of BRT Sunway Line, a tour to the BRT control room and BRT depot was arranged. Before the end of the visit, the delegates had a round trip BRT ride from SunU-Monash Station. After the free and easy lunch at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, the tour continued with a visit to Malaysia Transformer Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd. (MTM) Factory at Ulu Klang. MTM is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and has positioned itself as “One Stop Solution Provider” for the country’s electrical transformer market. The MTM General Manager (Sales & Marketing), Mr. Azhar bin Alias presented the “MTM Business Overview”, whereas the technical content of power transformer was presented by Mr. Zahrullai Abu Bakar, MTM General Manager (Engineering). Subsequently, the transformer manufacturing process which included paper lapping of copper wire, winding, coil drying and pressing, core cutting and building, were shown during the guided factory tour. In the evening, the ASEAN delegates had a sightseeing tour to Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) before the networking dinner at Songket Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur. The dinner was attended by ASEAN delegates, IEM members and representatives from Energy Institute of Malaysia, The Electrical and Electronics Association of Malaysia (TEEAM) and Terasaki Electric Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. who were the dinner sponsors.

Group photo at cruise boat


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AFEO Energy Tour 2016, Malaysia

On the morning of the third day, a visit was made to Seri Ulu Langat Palm Oil Mill Sdn. Bhd. (SULPOM) 7 MW Biomass Cogeneration Power Plant at Dengkil, Selangor. After the introduction and safety briefing session, the Biomass Power Plant Conceptual presentation was delivered by Mr. Yap Hai San, Director of SULPOM Group. The biomass and biogas power plants utilise the wastes from palm oil mill to generate electrical power and hence export to the power grid. The following biomass power plant tour was guided by Mr. Yahaya, Plant Manager and Mr. Yap Leong Chee, Assistant Plant Manager before the lunch sponsored by Tenaga SULPOM Sdn. Bhd. The visit to Malaysia’s first floating solar system in Sungai Labu Water Treatment Plant (WTP) at Sepang, Selangor was arranged in the afternoon. A safety briefing was given through a short video presentation. Subsequently, the Plant Manager, Mr. Khairul Nidzham Zainal Abidin presented the overview of Sungai Labu Water Supply Scheme and the operations of WTP. Sungai Labu WTP is a dedicated WTP for KL International Airport (KLIA). Later, the presentation titled “Pilot Grid-Connected Floating Photovoltaic System” was delivered by Mr. Mohd Razwan Rusli from TNB Research Sdn. Bhd. This Floating Photovoltaic System project has a total solar capacity of 108 kWp. Lastly, a visit was made to the project site at Sungai Labu Off River Storage after the presentation. On behalf of the organisers, Mr. Low Pek Jun, Committee Member of AFEO Energy Tour 2016 provided the closing remarks at the end of the AFEO Energy Tour 2016. Subsequently, the ASEAN delegates were given the opportunity to provide their feedback on these three days event. The AFEO Energy Tour 2016 ended with “Rasa Sayang” a famous Malay folk song sang by the EETD Committee Members.

Group photo at BRT Sunway Line

Group photo at networking dinner

Group photo at MTM

Group photo at Biomass Cogeneration Power Plant

Group photo at project site of Floating Photovoltaic System. AER NEWSLETTER • January - June 2017


34th CAFEO 2017 Governing Board Prepared by Mr. Kok Jing Shun and Mr. Tan Zhi Howe, Young Engineers Section of IEM (YES) and concurrently YEAFEO The ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) 34th year end meeting was successfully organised by the Philippine Technology Council (PTC) at Citystate Hotel Asturias, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. The conference was attended by delegates from ASEAN countries. The Malaysian delegation were led by IEM President, Ir. Tan Yean Chin while the Young Engineers Section’s (YES) delegation was led by YES Chairman, Mr. Kok Jing Shun comprising of young engineers from various IEM branches. During the meeting, the AFEO members as well as ASEAN engineers have a chance to share their experiences, perspectives, achievements and action plans as well as to discuss on the measures to promote free flow of skilled engineers in ASEAN. The roles of AER engineers and AFEO member organisations in each country, addressing the challenges and to take up new opportunities of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) were also amongst the issues discussed.


The 34th Conference of Federation of Engineering Organisations (CAFEO) was successfully organised by The Philippine Technological Council from 21 - 24 November 2016. CAFEO was held on an annual basis, with one of the member organisations as the host. The rotation between member organisations was on alphabetical order basis. By afternoon of 19 November, most of the YES Malaysian delegates have arrived in Manila. As the conference venue was in the island of Palawan, delegates were required to transfer via domestic flight from Manila to Palawan. The YES members arrived at 7.00 p.m. local time and proceeded to check into the hotel. On the 20 November 2016, the YES delegates went on an excursion to the Underground River. This Underground River of Puerto Princesa, Palawan has recently been named as the new 7 wonders of the world by UNESCO. Everyone were mesmerized by the clear water and beautiful nature of the island.


The Welcoming Reception started at 7.00 p.m. at the official venue, Citystate Asturia Hotel. The theme of CAFEO 34 is “ASEAN Community: Engineering Shining Through.” The theme was chosen as it was to encourage and showcase ASEAN countries’ collaboration as a regional community in seeking sustainable as well as resilient development


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in the process of modernizing their own country. During the Welcome Dinner, the delegates got to enjoy the local Filipino delicacies. It was during this time too that the delegates grabbed a chance to meet old friends from other countries. This dinner helped to break the ice and got everyone on their feet to meet new friends and renewed old acquaintances.

22 NOVEMBER 2016 [DAY 2]

Registration began the day before and continued at 9.00 a.m. for delegates who arrived a little later to be able to get their registration document. The Malaysian delegation Group photo of Malaysian Delegation woke up early to get ready as most of them did not stay at the official hotel. The hotel was situated about 10 minutes away from Citystate Asturia Hotel. The Malaysian delegates had the chance to experience Palawan up close by traveling daily in the tricycle; or better known as “tuk-tuk” in other countries. The YES delegation’s hotel was 5 minutes away from Puerto Princesa city centre and the group was able to get a taste of local culture. We were surrounded by locals going about their daily activities as well as being near the business hub of Puerto Princesa. Before the opening reception, the young engineers managed to catch up with acquaintances and got to know new friends over a cup of coffee. After all, this is what we Malaysians are good at! The morning proceeded with the opening ceremony of CAFEO 34, with the Mayor of Puerto Princesa, Mr. Lucilo R Bayron being the Guest of Honour. Flanked by Filipino beauties, the Presidents of each ASEAN engineering organization marched in as the opening ceremony kicked off. Each President then gave their country report on their respective organisation and the upcoming mega engineering and projects as well as challenges they face. Group Photo of Head of Delegates Our IEM President, Ir. Tan Yean Chin charmingly presented on Malaysia and its Development. After lunch, CAFEO/YEAFEO meetings and technical paper presentations took place. The Young Engineers Section (YES) was involved in a meeting with other countries’ Young Engineers. A short country briefing focusing on development on students YEAFEO Meeting and graduate engineers was AER NEWSLETTER • January - June 2017


34th CAFEO 2017 Governing Board

given by each country’s representative. This year, Young Engineers of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations (YEAFEO) was blessed by the participation of young engineers from both Taiwan and Japan. The meeting was fulfilling and encouraged many discussions touching on continuous help of young engineers of this region. The customary souvenir exchange and flag handing over to the next host was held as the meeting came to a close. Lastly the official event ended with a group photo. As the saying goes “A team that eats together, stays together!” Keeping up with this Malaysian spirit, the young engineers from Malaysia had a “makan” session with engineers from other ASEAN countries at a famous local restaurant, further strengthening the bond between these countries at the end of Day Two.

23 NOVEMBER 2016 [DAY 3]

Participants went straight into their respective sessions on the third day of CAFEO 34. A team building event was arranged by the Philippines’ representative at the swimming pool of the hotel. It was participated by almost 40 delegates. The tele-match games prepared were both fun and challenging. The team building event further strengthened the friendship between fellow delegates from other countries. The highlight of the day was the closing ceremony of CAFEO 34. A traditional Filipino dance was presented and some of our Malaysian delegates even joined in for some “joget” of our own. The Malaysian delegates then presented the song “Sha La La” on stage before a surprise Wu Shu show was put up by our very own Ir. Dr WY Leong from the Women Engineers Section. For a moment there, we all became pop stars!! A flag handing over ceremony to the incoming host of CAFEO 35, EIT also took place between the Philippines and the upcoming host nation, Thailand. It was truly an unforgettable experience, from the performance of each country to the fun train-ride around the ballroom, as everyone within the ASEAN region and neighbouring countries were united, regardless of our language, race and religion. On the whole, the event went well and all delegates enjoyed themselves. The event was very informative and we look forward to CAFEO 35 in Thailand!

24 NOVEMBER 2016 [DAY 4]

After the official CAFEO event, all Malaysian delegates proceeded to depart for home on different flights. IEM Young Engineers even met the Philippines representatives and managed to have a group photo before Flag Handing Ceremony to upcoming leaving the Philippines. CAFEO 35 host, Thailand All in all, the beautiful island of Palawan has definitely captured the hearts of every delegate and left behind many memories for each and every one.


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WE-AFEO SHINING IN CAFEO34 Prepared by Ir. Dr Leong Wai Yie, IEM Women Engineers Section (WES) and concurrently WE-AFEO WE-AFEO was formed in 2013, established to create a strong network within women engineers of ASEAN. It aims were to encourage more women engineers to be pro-active in the international arena and to promote rapport amongst the woman engineers in the ASEAN by being involved in interesting dialogues and engaging in common professional pursuit of engineering, taking active role of engineering to the advancement of the social, economic, and industrial development of the ASEAN Region for woman engineers. The section also desirous of exchanging and sharing engineering technology; concerned in rendering protection of our basic professional rights; cognizant of the need to establish harmony and rapport among the woman members of the profession. In this CAFEO 34, all representatives of WE-AFEO from ASEAN countries gathered at Puerto Princessa City for the annual get-together. Upon touch down at the Puerto Princessa airport, the women engineers were thrilled to be received by the host - PTC providing traditionally dressed dancers and performing the Filipino dances and all guests were garland with flowers and necklaces, a gesture of warm welcome and hospitality. The WE-AFEO women engineers hosted its annual WE-AFEO meeting on 22 November 2016 in conjunction with the AFEO conference better known CAFEO. All WE-AFEO country representatives presented their Country Report on that day. The session also held debated discussions on efforts to increase the membership of woman engineers in the member organisations and to empower women engineers to be able to strive and achieve equal status/standing and equal benefits and rights within the engineering fraternity which currently is still predominately male dominated. The meeting also discussed on issues and challenges regarding financial opportunities where funding for projects could be approached for financial assistance, good communication rapport and coordination efforts among WE-AFEO women engineers. During the meeting, the representatives agreed to celebrate the “International Women’s Day 2017” in their respective countries with activities and projects. On the night of 22 November 2016 after the meeting ended, the WE-AFEO women engineers from host country, PTC generously arranged a fellowship dinner cum karaoke session for all the women delegates. It was indeed an amazing night for all. The serious and professional looking women engineers let their hair down and sang their hearts out. There were lots of fun on the dance floor as well. It’s true that, “One can always dance if one is an engineer but no one can be an engineer if the one is a dancer”!


All WE-AFEO delegates were invited to Women Engineer’s Summit on 23 November 2016 to celebrate the amazing and outstanding achievements of WEAFEO delegates in Engineering. The first speaker was Ir. Dr Leong Wai Yie from (IEM) Malaysia, Her presentation on AER NEWSLETTER • January - June 2017



“Benchmarking Malaysia with Asia Pacific Women in STEM “is an important and key issues currently being pursue in Malaysia by every fraternity. She shared the statistical analysis of surveys conducted in 11 member countries of Asia and Pacific Nation Network (APNN). The surveys included balanced development of human resources, glass ceiling for women and gender barriers. The talk explored the various networking and collaboration opportunities such as Young Women Scientist Camp, Conference of International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES) and the ASEAN Foundation. She concluded her talk by reiterating diversity is the key to competitiveness. On the forefront of engineering education, Engr. Dr May Rose C. Imperial of FEU Institute of Technology of Philippines presented her talk on women shining through in engineering education in the country. Amongst the highlights of her talk were the low number of women in top management positions in universities and technical panels; the importance of accreditation for all and the on-going reforms in STEM education in the Philippines. In the field of consulting serviced, Engr. Evelyn V. Dofredo from Philippines presented her talk on “Women Engineers’, Their Achievements and Contributions”. The presentation was on the various types of consulting services, such as management system, environment, engineering, management and IT that the woman engineers had embarked on. She shared different types of intervention styles and gave tips on how to succeed as women in the consulting sector. She highlighted the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 as a major milestone in the regional economic integration agenda for ASEAN, offering vast opportunities for consultancy beyond borders. Engr. Lea N. Delfinado shared her talk on women engineers shining through in government sector in her country. An open forum was held at the last session of the Summit to promote discussions to gain greater understanding of women engineers and their challenges. On the technical presentations, Dr Habibah, Ir. Mah Siew Kien and Ms. Sumathi from IEM Women Engineers Section also delivered their technical presentation at their respective parallel sessions across different thematic tracks of the conference sessions. It has been a tradition of the WEAFEO delegates and all women engineers attending CAFEO every year to support WE Summit which also brings together women engineers from ASEAN countries making them closer together.


Everything good that begins must end. It had been a long but exciting week in Palawan, Philippines. ASEAN member organisations had converged under one roof from 21 - 24 November 2016 for the annual gathering to have intellectual discussions, informative presentations, and working groups meetings. Nevertheless, the ending was exhilarating with lots of fun and laughter during the closing ceremony. The participants and delegates of CAFEO-34 were treated with a Farewell Banquet on the final day. The dinner was a buffet-styled serve.


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The night programme included presentations of Awards. The Flag Hand-over session from the current host to the incoming Chair to host CAFEO-35 in Thailand was a graceful and memorable affair. Delegates from each ASEAN member organisation and Japan sportingly did their performances. Singing, dancing, martial arts performance by different groups representing their countries were the highlight of that night. The interesting part was that every performance was happily joined by others in the hall of the hotel ballroom. The ASEAN Women Engineers (WE-AFEO) got together to surprise the audiences by taking the lime light at the start of the event making their entry as the first performing group. It was the first of its kind, if I may say, that WE-AFEO took the center stage as “All Women Engineers’ Team”. Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All” was forcefully sung together and being cheered and joined by other fellow engineers in the banquet hall. Again for our Malaysian team, IEM-WE led the performance, dancing to the tune “Sha La La (Vegaboys)”. Everyone in the packed banquet hall had fun too. IEM-WE Madam Chairman, Ir. Dr Leong Wai Yie astonished the audience with her solo performance of Wu Shu which amazed everyone who were present. As the event got to the end and we bade farewell to friends and acquaintances. The night ended happily.


Technical visits that were scheduled on the last day of the conference, 24 November 2016 were definitely one of the most looked forward program in CAFEO34 for all delegates as Palawan is indeed voted by travelers as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. A few options were available for sight-seeing such as city tour, Honda bay island tour, firefly watching and underground river cruise. The IEM women engineers jumped at the opportunity to visit either the Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour or the Underground River Cruise. The underground river tour, one of the most popular choices among all international delegates offered mesmerizing experience. The tour of natural rock formations, bats and river channels. Since one of the Malaysian’s favorite pastimes is eating, therefore, the trip to CAFEO34, Palawan, Philippines ended unofficially with all the Malaysian delegates, male and female engineers coincidentally met at KaLui restaurant, the most famous and best value seafood restaurant in Palawan to enjoy a sumptuous seafood dinner before returning to Malaysia. AER NEWSLETTER • January - June 2017



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