PUJA Brunei elects new council members

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THE Brunei Association of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects (PUJA Brunei) has re-elected Yang Berhormat Hj Zulkifli Hj Abdul Hamid as the president of the 2014/15 council yesterday.

The election took place during the 2012/13’s Full Term Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday.

YB Hj Zulkifli began his first term as the President of PUJA Brunei Council in the period of 2012-2013. His predecessor then was Dato Paduka Hj Idris Hj Abas.

Held at Dewan Betabur of the Ministry of Development building on Old Airport Road, the voting members also agreed to elect Hj Mohammad Nazri Mohammad Yusof as vice president (Engineer); Siti Rozaimeriyanty DSLJ Hj Abd Rahman as vice president (Architech) and Mohd Shafie Hj Mohd Yusof as vice president (Surveyor).

The post of secretary-general and treasurer, respectively, was given to Chin Lee Tuck and Hjh Hajijah Hj Salleh, while the general members comprised Alice Lim Sui Kau, Billy Lim Abdul Azis and Simon Leong. The meeting also agreed to elect Lim Sam Lee and Zul Amali Dato Paduka Hj Idris as internal auditors.

Prior to the election of new council members, the meeting saw the approval of minutes from the last AGM meeting, followed by annual reports from the three divisions of previous council members namely the engineer, architect and surveyor division.

Also delivering the reports were the previous treasurer, general members and secretary-general.

Three out of five motions tabled for discussion and consideration were passed during the meeting, such as PUJA Brunei to purchase its own property and how members with overseas working addresses are not to be considered in the meeting quorum calculation.

Speaking on the sidelines of the event, YB Hj Zulkifli stressed the importance of serving the PUJA members at its best, such as providing more technical talks, continuous professional development (CPD) talks, dialogues and other activities to engage the members.

In addition, PUJA will also continue its positive efforts in engaging the government departments, ministries and other bodies such as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as well as regional and international institutions to work together on matters that are of interest to its members.

”We need to enhance or make sure that the standards of qualification based on the PUJA Professional Assessment (PPA)is maintained. We would like (PUJA) to be seen as the institution that recognises standards of qualification for the architect, engineers and quantity surveyors. We would like to increase the professional standards, increase the recognition and maintain our standards,” he said.

He also hoped that PUJA Brunei will be able to have its own permanent property that can be used for its office and for investment purpose.

“I call upon the members to come forward and support the programmes carried by PUJA,” he added.

PUJA Brunei will hold its Full Term AGM Dinner at Manggis Ballroom, Hua Ho Manggis Mall on January 28.

The Puja Brunei 30th anniversary logo will also be launched during the dinner.

The Minister of Development, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman, who is also the Honorary Fellow of PUJA Brunei, is expected to attend.

During the dinner, a talk in promoting the profession and knowledge sharing will also be given by two invited speakers from Singapore.

A memorandum of understanding between PUJA Brunei and the Brunei Energy Association (BEnA) is scheduled to be held.

PUJA Brunei was conceived during the first meeting of local architects, engineers and surveyors, both from private and government sectors on June 17, 1982 and was approved by the Registrar of Societies Brunei on January 31, 1984.

To date PUJA Brunei has 270 active members registered with the institution.

The Brunei Times