ERA held its’ 23rd AGM on June 8th 2014 to nominate office bearers for a new 2-year term of June 2014 to June 2016.
Before the start of the AGM, one of our life member Ms Cheong Siew Mae, a Certified Sliva Method Instructor, gave a talk introducing AGM attendees to the Silva Method. This is an exercise regime of energizing the spirit by reinforcing positive state of mind via a short relaxing meditation method.
Members were in a relaxed state while Ms Cheong was performing a Silva meditation method.
After the talk and as a token of appreciation, a momento was presented to Ms. Cheong by ERA President, Datin Paduka Yong.
ERA Immediate Past President (IPP) Dato’ Dr. Ong Eng Long who had graciously sponsored the AGM, presenting a cheque to ERA. On behalf of ERA, the President thanked Dato’ Dr. Ong for sponsoring the AGM event.
Before proceeding to lunch, the Advisor of ERA, Tan Sri Dato’ Soong Siew Hoong, gave attendees a golden advice – organizations that advocate harmony as a core value will delivery magical results. He also stressed that ERA is not just an NGO, but also a fellowship network for old friends to meet up (at least once a year).
The AGM was officially kicked off by the president, Datin Paduka Yong, after the lunch reception, at 2:00pm. The Hon. Secretary, Mr. KK Ng and Hon. Treasurer, Mr. LK Wong, presented the reports and were approved by the members.
The 2 years-term Council Committee and Board Members election began where Mr. Soo Cheong Fatt was the election officer.
Mr. Soo, the former Vice President, delivered a brief announcement on his discontinuation as Vice President. In addition, Board Member Mr Raymond Wong also announced his intention to opt out for re-election as Board Member for the incoming term.
ERA sincerely thanked Mr. Soo and Mr Raymond Wong for their significant contributions and support over the past many years in ERA.
The newly elected Council Committee members and Board Members are:-
1. President – Datin Paduka Yong Dai Ying
2. Vice President – Mr. Roger Lye
3. Honorary Secretary – Mr. KK Ng
4. Honorary Treasurer – Mr. LK Wong
The six elected Board Members are:-
1. Mr. Cheong Soon Hock
2. Ms. Cheong Siew Mae
3. Mr. Rubin Gan
4. Dr. Yew Kam Keong (Dr. YKK)
5. Mr. Alexander Lee
6. Ir. Yam Teong Sian
IPP, Dato’ Dr. Ong participated in wrapping up the election. He suggested three recommendations for newly elected ERA Board Members.
1. Visit fellow ERA members including past Board Members, they can offer valuable resources and advices to ERA.
2. Utilize current and establish new networks, such as TAM, IEM, Chemical Engineering Association and so on to increase collaboration efforts and activities.
3. Write a Biography about Tan Sri Dato’ Soong, in which Ir. Choo Kok Beng has voluntarily taken up the task.
Dato’ Lee Tuck Lam from Perak delivered an insightful closing comments. He wished that his remarks will stimulate ERA Members to look into promotion of good values, education and training for young people in the country.