Today, April 8, 2013, marks a special day for ERA. We finally have a member-friendly website in place after several months of planning, learning, internalizing, information gathering, content writing and, well, procrastination.
I would like to thank our Vice President Mr Soo Cheong Futt for safe-keeping and making most of the historically valuable information in handy so that we can extract and rearrange them for the website, Mr Hoo Ban Khee for editing most of the contents, Dr Yew Kam Keong (a.k.a. Dr YKK) who eagerly offered his help in every occasion we met even though he is residing in Australia and comes back occasionally.
Last but not least, our president Datin Paduka Yong Dai Ying for her patience and tolerance, so that we can turn the website into our experimental playground during work-in-progress.
This is a totally home-brewed website, meaning we put in our own efforts to envision, strategize and learn the technical aspects of how to set up a website that is most suitable for ERA. Although it may not be the best-looking website for sure, but it certainly is a right communication tool for us to serve our members. We hope that, in the process, we would learn how to maintain and update the contents, and this capability would make the team more efficient and effective in operating the association.
Even at the very beginning, we wanted a member-centric and content-drive website rather than a static and show-case one. Therefore, our website was designed with the purpose of bringing closer our members so that we can work closely to achieve goals and most of all, put together our expertise resources to make ERA a relevant source of talent and expertise for our society.
Now the site has come alive officially but we have to remind ourselves that it is just a beginning as there are still rooms for improvement. We will work closely with other committees and we hope more members will come forward and offer their expertise, especially in contents writing and graphic design.
On behalf of the committee, we would like to thank our president, the board and all other working committees for their supports. Looking forward, we encourage all ERA members to participate in our upcoming events and, to make use of the website to contribute ideas and advices to the current and future board members. Don’t forget, this website was conceived and delivered with you in mind!
One last thing, it was a joy when we found out that the domain name (era.org.my) was still available for sale. May luck always be on our side! Finally, we are thankful to our Treasurer Mr Cheong Soon Hock for sponsoring 1-year subscription of this domain name.
Mr David Chang
Chairman of Website and Online Communication Committee.