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Brief History of The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (Southern Branch)

The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (Southern Branch) is one of the largest IEM branches in terms of membership and is definitely among the earliest to be set up by the IEM to cater to its members who reside outside of the Klang Valley.

It was officially registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) on 18th August 1971 with its official branch address at Sultan Ismail Power Station, Lembaga Letrik Negara (LLN), Johor.

The Branch Committee in those early years largely consisted of engineers from government departments such as the Public Works Department (JKR), the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID), LLN and a few from the private sector including consulting engineers.

As it is common for IEM in the early years, the branch operated without any fulltime secretariat staff and had no permanent office for many years. The “branch office” was effectively the workplace of its committee members, normally the office of the Chairman or Honorary Secretary.

In  the  mid  80’s,  the  branch,  the support of IEM headquarters, managed to raise funds to acquire a 3-storey  commercial  shop  lot  to  become  its  permanent  office. The office, located at Jalan Abiad, Taman Tebrau Jaya, Johor Bahru, has been the home of IEM Southern Branch ever since.

We have played an important role in promoting the engineering profession among our members and society. Our membership, as of 2009, stand at about 1,900 members, of which 40% consists of corporate members. The remaining 60% comprises of graduate and student members. Interestingly, about 300 of our members, who are mostly graduate engineers, are working in Singapore.

We  have  been  actively  organizing  activities  that  benefit  our  members  and  fellow  engineers. These  include  technical  talks,  seminars,  charitable  works,  social  activities  and  technical  visits. Some of the visits have been even brought us to engineering project sites and facilities in Singapore.

We maintain cordial relationships not only with the Johor state government but also with other professional bodies such as the state’s Bar Council committee, the southern branch of Malaysia Association of Architects (PAM), the Institute of Surveyor Malaysia (ISM) Johor, The Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) and the ASEAN Concrete Construction Institute, Singapore.

IEM representatives have also been appointed by the state government as ex-officio members in the local councils of Majlis Bandaraya Johor Bahru (MBJB) and Majlis Perbandaran Johor Bahru Tengah (MPJBT). This is testimony to recognition of the government towards the contribution of IEM, particularly in Johor Bahru.

Our Young Engineers Section (YES) has also been very active in recent years with the involvement of the two IEM student chapters at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Skudai, and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (UTHM), Batu Pahat.

The management of both universities have been supportive of the IEM and have been promoting IEM to the academic staff and engineering students. In the case of UTM, the present Vice-Chancellor, who is also an IEM member, has been kind enough to provide a 5-year lease-free office space within a building in its campus for IEM to promote and conduct its activities beginning the second half of 2010.

The IEM Southern Branch has come along way since the 1970s. The branch will be holding its 38th Annual General Meeting and Annual Dinner come June. This year (2011), we will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the IEM Southern Branch.

As the saying goes, life begins at 40. With the branch being 40 years “young”, this largest branch of the learned professional organization of IEM will continue to play a pivotal role in promoting the advancement of science and engineering, and to contribute for the betterment of the engineering profession particularly down south in the state of Johor.

by Ir. Mohd. Khir bin Muhammad and Ir. Tey Choo Yew, Calvin
taken from JURUTERA (Special Issue on IEM Southern Branch), April 2010 Edition

 

Vision

The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia aims to be the premier professional Organisation pivotal achieving Vision 2020.

 

Mission

IEM shall:

  • promote sound professional engineering practice in support of the socio-economic development objectives of the nation.
  • service the needs and interests of its members and the public and uphold the social standing image of the engineering profession.
  • contribute towards nation building and shall strive to enhance society's consciousness of science and technology.

 

Functions

IEM is a society established to promote and advance the Science and Profession of Engineering in any or all its disciplines and to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas related to Engineering.

 

Objectives of The Institution

The objects of the Institution as set out in the Constitution shall include the following:

  • to hold meetings, exhibitions and visits, and such other activities as The Institution may deem incidental or conducive to the promotion or attainment of the profession of engineering;
  • to raise the character and status and advance the interests of the profession of engineering and those engaged therein;
  • to promote honourable practice. and professional etiquette among members of The Institution;
  • to communicate to members information on all matters affecting the profession of engineering and to print, publish, issue and circulate such publications as may seem conducive to any of the objects of the Institution; and
  • to do such other things as the Institution may thing incidental or conducive to the attainment of the objects of The Institution.

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