PUJA holds Full-Term Annual General Meeting

Syazwani Hj Rosli

The Institution of Surveyors, Engineers and Architects (PUJA) Brunei Council concluded its two year term by holding a Full-Term Annual General Meeting as well as the dissolution of the 2018/2019 Council members and the election of the new Council members of 2020/2021. The meeting was held at Betabur Hall, Ministry of Development.

The event began with a welcoming remark from Legislative Countil Member and PUJA Brunei President Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman. She said, “Nationally, PUJA will continue to work in comradeship with the Brunei Government, especially with the Ministry of Development as PUJA has always been seen as a professional body in Brunei. Its companionship with the ministries and agencies is vital to drive the goals towards achieving Brunei Vision 2035. PUJA will continue to play its important role in the tripartite partnership of nurturing, producing and developing highly competent professionals in surveying, engineering and architecture.

“Currently, the PUJA President sits in more than 15 various councils, senates and governing boards within premier national academic institutions. PUJA has always remained active and committed to international activities such as CAFEO, PAQS and ArcAsia.”

In facing an era of globalised market, she highlighted that they are now members of the ASEAN Architects and ASEAN Professional Engineers.

She said, “We will expect more competition from foreign professionals collaborating with our members for local jobs and we should reciprocate. There will be some elements of protection of our interest, but to me the best form of protection is for us to excel at what we do, and exceed our clients’ expectations, so that it will be more sensible for the clients to appoint our local professionals. We have local talents to take on any projects owned by our government, GLCs and the private sector. We should give due recognition to our own home-grown professionals, many of who have made us proud by winning awards locally and internationally for their outstanding works.

“At the same time I would like the government to consider making it a condition for overseas projects with Bruneian interest to have participation from Bruneian professional consultants and help us spread our wings internationally. Despite these, the industry is still facing challenges. The continuing uncertainty has impacted our industry and unemployment is on the rise. There is no doubt number of businesses including those involving PUJA members are facing challenging times now and ahead,” she said.

The meeting discussed the last Mid-Term Annual General Meeting and report presentations from the three divisions within PUJA – Engineering Division, Architect Division and Surveyor Division.

The meeting concluded with the dissolution of the 2018/2019 Council members and the appointment of the new Council members for 2020/2021 with Ir Haji Mohammad Zin bin Haji Salleh as the new elected President of PUJA Brunei, Ar Zul’Amali bin Dato Paduka Haji Idris as the Vice President for Architect Division, Ir Alice Lim as the Vice President for Engineer Division and Sr Haji Abdul Zariful bin Mohamed as the Vice President for Surveyor Division, Ir Chin Lee Tuck as the Secretary General, Sr Hajah Hajijah binti Haji Salleh as the Treasurer and Ir Bahrin Mohammad as General Member 1, Ir Haji Mohd Yunus bin Haji Mohd Yusof as General Member 2 , Ir Julian Fung as General Member 3 and Ir Haji Rahman bin Modin as General Member 4.

ABOVE & BELOW: Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Ir Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar with PUJA Brunei Council in a group photo; and Legislative Council Member and outgoing PUJA Brunei President Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman delivers her welcoming remarks. PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI