AER Newsletter July - December 2019

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AER NEWSLETTER • July - December 2019



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Consultant Engineers Contribute to ASEAN Sustainable Cities Prepared by Ir. Prof. Dr Leong Wai Yie

IEM delegates at Closing Ceremony of CAFEO 37

Most of ASEAN’s growth has been, and will continue to be, driven by urban centres with 90 million more people expected to urbanise by 2030. “Middleweight” cities of between 200,000 and 2 million residents have forecast to drive 40% of the region’s growth. However, this rapid urbanisation is not without its challenges as it has implications on important issues such as city congestion, water/air quality, poverty, rising inequalities, urban-rural divide, citizen security and safety. Technological and digital solutions can be utilised to resolve these issues and to enhance quality and accessibility of services, thereby improving our citizens’ lives across the urban-rural continuum. Therefore creating new opportunities for them and helping to ensure that no one is left behind. ASEAN Member States (AMS) recognised this trend, and many have already designated certain areas as smart cities or launched smart city development projects. In this context, Singapore proposes to establish an ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) to synergise these efforts and bring the smart cities in AMS together, thereby contributing to ASEAN Communitybuilding. ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) Sustainable Cities Working Group Commitees gathered during the recent AFEO meeting at the Resorts World Sentosa Convention Centre, Sentosa, Singapore in Nov 2018, discussed the plan and potential collaboration on issues related to Sustainable Cities. The meeting was chaired by Er. Ong Geok Soo of IES, attended by ASEAN country representatives. Ir. Kesavan from IEM CESIG, presented the approach taken in the development of Sustainable Cities in Malaysia. He briefed that the infrastructure system design should be integrated in the master plan at the early stage in order to achieve sustainability and to be based on the preferred key performance indicators. These listed indicators

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are:- comprehensive public transport system, clean rivers, garden city and population growth, the emission of greenhouse gases, noise level, protected areas percentage of developed areas, travel time, solid waste generation per capita, transport modes, water consumption, urban air quality index, CO2 emission and urban drinking water supply. He suggested that ASEAN countries should develop KPIs within ASEAN cities and create goals for future cities. He added that AFEO should look for model cities, to work together and complement where necessary to avoid duplication. Ir. Dr Leong Wai Yie from IEM CESIG informed that at the ASEAN Secretariat level, there is already an ASEAN Smart Cities Network being launched and set up. Each country is represented by their respective country representative. Therefore the AFEO members sitting and representing in this Working Group should try to work with respective country representatives and combine efforts towards attaining the same objectives and achieve a destined milestone. The Chairman Er. Ong, viewed that this proposed initiative has to be agreed at the AFEO Governing Board level. Ir. Dr Hermanto Dardak of PII commented that in developing sustainable cities, it is important to know the size limit and boundary of the cities in order to determine the adequate infrastructure support to sustain them, for example power etc. Ir. Dr Hermanto presented the concept planning of metropolitan Jakarta. In the development of this plan he mentioned the concept of sustainable smart cities goals and service standard, smart living, smart economy and mobility, smart ecological environment and smart governance. All these matters were taken into consideration. Flooding has been a major challenge in Jakarta and to resolve the issues, they have incorporated the east flood canal, to double up the control of water movement. They also implemented the Green Infrastructure Corridor. He further mentioned the importance of road network connectivity between Jakarta and the other cities in the vicinity areas. Er Ong Geok Soo, the Chairman presented the Sustainable Development setup in Singapore. He circulated the publication from the website of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), outlining its roles and approaches adopted in land use/concept planning, and the master planning taken by Singapore in Sustainable development. In Singapore the URA is the planning authority and it is under the Ministry of Development. URA is well supported by other ministries and those Statutory Boards under these Ministries provide inputs for URA to formulate the land use/concept planning and master planning. This land use/concept planning exercise is carried out every 10 years and reviewed every 5 years. In Singapore all physical development plans must first obtain approvals from URA before physical development works can be carried out onsite.The considerations and parameters etc taken into considerations for the development of the land use/concept and master plans are contained in the circulated URA write-up.


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AER – AEI EI ROADSHOW IN VIETNAM Prepared by Sdr PJ Low On 18 June 2019 at the Adonis Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, the AEI-EI team conducted the roadshow together with the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA), Ministry of Construction, Vietnam and International Copper Association. The event was attended by 30 participants from various backgrounds of private companies and government sectors. The event started with the Opening Remarks by Dr Phan Tung Mau, VUSTA Vice President and followed with the Welcoming Speech by Mr. Nyugen Cong Thinh, the Deputy Director- General of the Ministry of Constructions. After the speeches, Sdr PJ Low from the AER–EI Team and concurrently the Secretary of the Steering Committee of the AEI–EI made his presentation on AEI Electrical Installation. He shared his experiences of all the 10 member countries in ASEAN regarding their standards and regulations. The sharing session continued with Ir. Lim Ken Ten from IEM providing samples of case studies and discussions on MS IEC 60364. He also gave examples of good practices in Malaysia and shared many incidents with the audiences. His presentation attracted many participants into asking questions as he was able to raise the curiosities of these participants who were keen to learn more from him. Dr Florigo C. Varona of Philippines Technological Council continued the presentation with the topic on “Energy Efficiency Program in Philippines”. Dr Florigo is with the Institute Of Integrated Electrical Engineers Of The Philippines (IIEE). He talked on the recent signing of an Executive Order on the Energy Efficiency by the President of Philippines, Dr Rodrigo Duterte and also gave an overview on what would happen in the approaching 6 months after the signed Executive Order would be officially issued on this Energy Efficiency matter. After the tea break, Mr. Huynh Hong Tan from International Copper Association of Vietnam took 15 minutes to talk and shared some concept of co-operation in the development of Vietnam Building Code. This was followed with another interesting presentation by Dr Tran Dinh Long detailing the Vietnam Building Code currently in implementation. The event continued with Questions and Answers session before its closing at 12.00 noon. This half day roadshow ended with the Closing Remark once again by the VUSTA Vice President, Dr Phan Tung Mau.

AEI-EI Team at the Roadshow AER NEWSLETTER • July - December 2019


ASEAN engineers meet at Jakarta for CAFEO 37 Prepared by Ir. Dr Chew Chun Ming (Report from Malaysia) The Institution of Engineers, Indonesia or Persatuan Insinyur Indonesia (PII) has been given the mandate to host the 37th Conference of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Federation of Engineering Institutions (CAFEO 37) from 11th – 14th September 2019 at the Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo). Attended by more than 1,000 delegates from ASEAN, Japan and Hong Kong, CAFEO 37 has truly made its mark as an annual congregation of engineers for mutual learning.


More than 100 delegates from The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) participated in CAFEO 37. The event kick started with a welcoming dinner hosted by PII on the 10th of September at the Grand Mercure Hotel attended by all ASEAN engineering institution representatives. Group performances from each country were the highlights of the event. The delegates from IEM have rendered two patriotic songs with synchronised dance moves. Other ASEAN countries also attended the event with equally large number of delegates with Philippines and Myanmar having the largest delegations.

IEM delegates performing during the welcoming dinner

The 11th of September was the official opening ceremony event of CAFEO 37 at the JIExpo theatre. During the event, the President of Indonesia, H.E. Bapak Joko Widodo (Jokowi) was conferred the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) Distinguished Honorary Patron. Ministers and dignitaries from ASEAN were also at JIExpo to witness this historic moment.


The ASEAN delegates convened in multiple parallel sessions during the second day (12th September) of the conference. IEM delegation took part in the well-organised working groups meetings and paper presentations throughout the event. The working groups meetings included Energy, Education & Capacity Building, Transport & Logistic, Disaster Preparedness, Sustainable Cities and Environmental Engineering. Members from each ASEAN countries presented and shared best practices of their respective countries.


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Environmental engineering working group

The paper presentation program highlighted a diverse field of technical presentations from ASEAN engineers. Various aspects of engineering such as disaster preparedness, transportation, sustainable cities, energy, environmental, education and capacity building were shared amongst the participants during the 5-day conference. A lively discussion ensued during the questions and answers session. Paper presenters have the opportunities to build new networks with other ASEAN engineers for future collaborations.

Paper presenters from ASEAN engineering institutions


The third day (13th September) of the conference culminates the country report by each ASEAN members. The President of IEM, Ir. David Lai Kong Phooi presented Malaysia’s Country Report to all the delegates during the session. Mega projects such as the Pan Borneo Highway and East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) were mentioned to highlight Malaysia’s government commitment towards more efficient transportation to the public. Each President of the member organisationing highlighted the development in their country.

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President of IEM, Ir. David Lai presenting Malaysia’s country report

The grand finale of CAFEO 37 was the Closing Ceremony and the Award presentation of AFEO Honorary Memberships. Each country nominated their dedicated engineers who have made significant contribution towards the development of the engineering profession within ASEAN region to receive these awards.

The IEM delegates receiving their AFEO honorary memberships

As a summary, CAFEO 37 was truly an inspiring and well organised event for ASEAN engineers to meet, share knowledge and build network. Before the end of the ceremony, the President of PII, Dr Ir. Heru Dewanto handed over the baton to Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) who would be the next host country for CAFEO 38 in the year 2020.


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Conferment of Hon Fellowship to Y.Bhg. Dato’ Fadilah Baharin, DG of Standards Malaysia Prepared by AEI Secretariat (Announcement from The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia) We are delighted and proud to announce that IEM President, Ir. David Lai Kong Phooi on behalf of ASEAN Federation of Engineers Organisation (AFEO) has conferred the AFEO Honorary Fellow status on Y.Bhg. Dato’ Fadilah Baharin, Director General of Standards Malaysia.

This award is presented to a distinguished person who has exemplary character and has rendered meritorious services to the engineering profession and the Institution, or even to the ASEAN Nation. The ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) is a nongovernmental body. Its members are the engineering institutions and organisations of ASEAN countries with the aim to promote goodwill and mutual understanding and to establish and develop a ASEAN baseline standard for the engineering profession with the objective of facilitating the mobility of the engineers within the ASEAN countries. For more news and informations, please refer to page 11 Report on ½ Day Seminar in Myanmar

Group photos of speakers and organisers Participants listening attentively to the speakers AER NEWSLETTER • July - December 2019


Report on 3rd Session of AP-IS Committee Meeting Prepared by Ir. Prof. Dr Leong Wai Yie The third session of the meeting of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) Steering Committee and World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Review was represented by Ir. Prof. Dr Leong Wai Yie from Malaysia. She attended the meeting representing World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) and presented a paper on “Streamlining Women in ICT”.

The Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) Steering Committee

This third session of this Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) Steering Committee and World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Review was held from 26th to 27th August 2019 at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was attended by more than 150 participants representing 30 governments, 18 specialised agencies and related organisations, 24 private sector companies with 18 experts from Bangkok, Thailand. An exhibition was organised outside the meeting room to showcase partners’ initiatives, research and solutions which were relevant to the implementation of the initiative. During the discussion session, Ir. Prof. Dr Leong mentioned the key barriers affecting women in ICT and gender digital divide. She informed the meeting that the barriers included infrastructure, affordability, interest, perceived relevance, lack of relevant material in accessible languages; ability and limited basic skills, digital literacy by women users; safety, security and threat of cyber violence; as well as social-cultural contexts on adverse gender norms coupled with negative perceptions of ICT. She noted that there were a lot of opportunities for improving gender digital divide including enhanced communications on access to information; enhanced access to public services; political participation (better representation from women in political debates and forums); and socio-economic participation to boost the country national income and women’s income as well. She gave a paper on Best Practices for WFEO Women and INWES in ICT and STEM activities. As a way forward, she stated that there is a need for improving online Delegation from Malaysia security; improving connectivity; improving affordability by driving down the cost of living; provide equal opportunities to develop skills; and ensure relevant service content in efforts. WFEO could play an important role to advance the Women in ICT initiatives.


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Report on Half Day Seminar on Electrical Installation and Stakeholder Engagement in Myanmar Prepared by Ir. Yau Chau Fong and Sdr PJ Low Continuing the effort to spread awareness on Electrical Installation, the ASEAN Engineering Inspectorate – Electrical Installation (AEIEI) together with Federation of Myanmar Engineering Societies (Fed.MES) organised a Half Day Seminar on Electrical Installation. The event was held at Fed. MES Building, located at Hlaing Meeting with Fed. MES, the Myanmar Universities’ Campus, Hlaing Electrical Contractors Association and Township, Thamine College Myanmar Electrical and Electronics Association (MEEA) St, Yangon and attracted some 30 participants from various Ministries in Myanmar. The objective of this seminar was to share information of ASEAN Electrical Installations to the local engineers who would eventually create mobility for engineers with knowledge sharing of each country’s practices and current applicable Standards & Regulations. The Organisers have gathered expert speakers from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and coupled with local speakers from Myanmar managed to share their knowledge and experience in this area. The seminar began with the Welcoming Address by Vice President of Fed. MES and followed by an Opening Remark by Ir. Yau Chau Fong, Chairman of (AEI-EI). Ir. Yau then continued to present the first topic of the day, which was “Introduction to ASEAN Electrical Code”. The second speaker represented Fed.MES, was none other than U Khin Maung Win who spoke about “Myanmar Electrical Code”. After a short morning tea break, the event progressed with Ir. Dr Siow Chun Lim, who presented his topic on “Malaysia Electrical Code Sharing”. The last two sessions of the day were made possible by Mr. Prasitt Hemwarapornchai from Thailand and Mr. Huynh Hong Tan from Vietnam who provided their expert knowledge on Thailand Electrical Code and Vietnam Electrical Code respectively. With a cosy number of participants listening attentively through the seminar, the speakers felt motivated and applauded the enthusiasm and interests given by these participants. Before ending the evening, the certificates of participation were issued to the participants at the seminar while tokens of appreciation were presented to the speakers and organisers who had contributed to make this roadshow a successful one. Finally, the event drawn to an end with the photos session. Participants, speakers and organisers gathered around to take a group photo and the session ended at approximately 5.30 p.m.

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Dialogue with Fed. MES and Stakeholder Engagement Prepared by Ir. Yau Chau Fong Prior to the Half Day Seminar on Electrical Installation and Stakeholder Engagement, the ASEAN Engineering Inspectorate – Electrical Installation (AEI-EI) also made some arrangements to meet with stakeholders in Myanmar who could further help them in establishing and developing the ASEAN baseline standard for the engineering profession related to electrical installation with the objective of facilitating the mobility of the engineers within the ASEAN countries. The first initiative was having a dialogue session with Federation of Myanmar Engineering Societies (Fed.MES) together with the Myanmar Electrical Contractors Association (MECA) and Myanmar Electrical and Electronics Association (MEEA). The topics of discussion concentrated on the need to understand Myanmar Electrical Installation Guidelines and its possibility to be adopted into the ASEAN Electrical Installation Guidelines.


After this meeting, the team headed to Myanmar Electrical Inspection Department to meet with the officers there and to understand more on their best practices. It was known that this Department have good example in the use of water heater in Myanmar and also to share their success story from those practises. The Department was invited to participate in the roadshows organised by AEIEI. The Department was also approached to be the channel to help gather queries that their officers and engineers might have on practises in other Meeting Myanmar Electrical Inspection ASEAN countries. Department

Some topics discussed were 1. Electrical Installation Standards if it is biased to IEC standards. 2.

Duration of time for a building inspection to be conducted. Is there any mandatory requirement in Myanmar for building inspection? In Myanmar, would factories be tested annually and in the case of factory buildings would the test be only done once.


Is it possible to provide statistics on Electrical Accidents in ASEAN countries? If yes, is the statistics available to public?


Laboratories in Myanmar – Would these laboratories conduct test for Myanmar Electrical Inspection Department. These test on transformer and electrical equipment and home appliances, circuit breakers for new products and any electrical products produced in Myanmar and if so would the Myanmar Electrical Inspection Department issue a Certificate of Compliance?

These were some of the queries and discussions made at this meeting. The meeting ended in the early evening and the delegation from AFEO/ AER-EI thanked Fed. MES for helping to organise the seminar and the meeting.


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Report on Stakeholder Engagement: Federation of ASEAN Consulting Engineers (FACE) Prepared by Ir. Yau Chau Fong

Meeting between FACE and AEI-EI Members

On 13 September 2019, ASEAN Engineering Inspectorate – Electrical Installation (AEI-EI) created history and achieved yet another milestone when Federation of ASEAN Consulting Engineers (FACE) agreed to meet AEI-EI Committee in their efforts to have a collaboration between the two ASEAN engineering societies. The meeting was hosted by Indonesian Association of National Consultants (Inkindo) in Jakarta. AEI-EI opened the meeting with an introduction to its main objective which is to promote goodwill and mutual understanding as well as to establish and develop an ASEAN baseline standard for the engineering profession with the aim of facilitating the mobility of the engineers within the ASEAN regions. Likewise, some of FACE’s initial objectives were also to promote the advancement of consulting engineering industry in the ASEAN region and to pool the professional resources, expertise and experience of ASEAN consulting engineers towards undertaking major engineering projects in the ASEAN. After its revival, FACE realised that being the major stakeholder in the region, the opening up of architecture and engineering services within the ASEAN region, would need efforts to work together with relevant authorities and ASEAN partners. In this process of ensuring that all domestic Acts and Regulations are streamlined and updated to reflect the international standards and good regulatory practices, FACE would also need support from various engineering fraternity in ASEAN and perhaps AFEO/AER could be one of their co-partners. As the exchange of information between the both organisations ensued and after digesting the facts and each other capabilities, AEI-EI and FACE unanimously agreed that the both organisations needed each other’s support and collaboration to progress. AEI-EI offered FACE to be part of the ASEAN stakeholders for the electrical installation standards. Honouring the Bangkok Declaration initiated in 2017 and having FACE as part of the ASEAN stakeholders for the electrical installation standards, it would be a stepping stone in realising the ultimate goal of harmonising the gaps in practices amongst the ASEAN countries. As a result, to show its solidary support towards AEI-EI, FACE President, Dr Widhoon Chiamchittrong agreed to join both the AEI-EI Roadshows which would be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 4 October 2019 and also the Vientiane Roadshow on 14 October 2019 respectively. AER NEWSLETTER • July - December 2019


Report on Electricity Regulations and Electrical Installation Roadshow in Phnom Penh Prepared by Ir. Yau Chau Fong On 4 October 2019, ASEAN Engineering Inspectorate – Electrical Installation (AEI-EI) together with Board of Engineers, Cambodia (BEC) organised a roadshow in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This event was held at The Engineering Technology Training Centre, Phnom Penh and managed to attract close to 100 participants from various Ministries in Cambodia. This roadshow, just like the previous roadshows organised by AEI-EI, had an objective to share the information of ASEAN Electrical Installations to the local engineers and in line with this, the Organisers had expert speakers from Cambodia, Malaysia and Myanmar to share their knowledge and experience in this area. The event in Cambodia was sponsored by LINKK Busway Systems (M) Sdn. Bhd. who had the opportunity to showcase the busway system technology as an alternative to the cables tansportation. As informed, the event was broadcast on a national television of Cambodia called “Television Khmer”. The roadshow started with the singing of Cambodian National Anthem, followed by the Welcoming Address from H.E. Ms. Khvay Sopheap, Deputy Secretary-General of BEC. The Secretary-General of BEC, H.E. Lim Sothav then gave his Opening Speech. The seminar continued with its first presentation by Mr. Soeung Vandoeun, Deputy Director, Department of Technique and Business Energy Policy, Cambodia on “Cambodia Electrical Code Sharing”. After a short tea break, the event progressed with an introduction by Linkk Busway Systems (M) Sdn. Bhd. on businesses in Cambodia. Ir. Yau Chau Fong, Chairman of (AEI-EI) then took to stage to present “The ASEAN Electrical Installation Effort in ASEAN and sharing this information with those present. The next programme was a presentation by Mr. Khin Maung Win of Fed. MES, Myanmar who spoke on “Electrical Code Sharing in Myanmar”. Lastly, the presentation on “Malaysia Electrical Code” was shared by Ms. Joanna Lenta Samana, Assistant Director, Electrical/Gas Safety Development, Energy Commission (Suruhanjaya Tenaga). The participants were very engaging and enthusiastically asked many questions on various topics that were presented to them. The speakers and organisers were very motivated to answer the participants’ questions. The final session was the Certificate Presentation and the giving out of Tokens of Appreciation to all the speakers and organisers who had made this roadshow a successful one. Finally, the event has drawn to an end. Participants, speakers and organisers gathered around to take a group photo and the session ended around 12 noon.


ASEAN Handshake by the and Speakers

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