MySET to help Malaysia create a pool of highly skilled and sought-after engineers, engineering technologists and technicians.
KUALA LUMPUR, SEPT 20: A new organisation has been set up to bring together the 500,000 engineers, engineering technologists and technicians nationwide to play a critical role in ensuring developed nation status for Malaysia
The Malaysian Society for Engineering & Techology (MySET) will pool the resources of the nation’s largest professional group towards helping the government take the nation forward
Its president, Prof. Dato’ Abang Abdullah Abang Ali, said the organisation was keen to share its expertise and provide feedback on a comprehensive range of engineering and technology issues to the government and relevant agencies
He said the merger of the Malaysian Society for Engineering and Technology (mSET) and the Malaysian Society of Engineering Technologist (MSET) would also be instrumental in supporting efforts by the public and private sectors to turn the country into a high-income nation
Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Haji Fadillah Haji Yusof, who witnessed the merger signing ceremony between mSET and MSET and launching of the corporate identity logo for the new entity, MySET, welcomed the merger.
Prof. Dato’ Abang Abdullah said MySET members were highly-qualified academically and professionally to help the country forge ahead in the competitive environment of a globalised world.
He said members of MySET had assisted the Board of Engineers Malaysia in seeking full signatory status of the Washington Accord recently which allowed international recognition of Malaysian engineering degrees besides facilitating international mobility of engineers.
In addition, MySET is also committed to assisting the country achieve signatory status of the Sydney and Dublin Accords for international recognition of Malaysian engineering technologists and technician qualifications in the future
He said the government had in recent years established four University Colleges to offer hands-on engineering degree programmes along the lines of the German Fachhochschule as well as the Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) which offers engineering technology degree programmes.
This initiative should enable the country to ensure a good supply of practical engineers who are much sought after especially in the production industry.
At the same time, the growth of Polytechnics under the Ministry of Higher Education and other technical colleges in the country ensured a good supply of technicians for the country’s infrastructural development as well as industrial programmes
Prof. Dato’ Abang Abdullah said Malaysia should radically accelerate and intensify its human capital development programmes to enhance its competitiveness in the global arena.
He said there was no denying the success of moves to expand opportunities in higher education with the setting up of new institutions of higher learning (IHLs) and promoting the growth of private higher education.
“This is laudable and can help the country address her needs for trained engineering professionals but far more needs to be done,” he said.
He said there should be a concerted effort to further train and develop these young graduates after they leave campus to ensure that they became highlyskilled and sought-after professionals in their own right.
For example, while there are more than 200,000 engineers nationwide with an even larger number of technicians, only 12,000 engineers or about 6 per cent have successfully qualified and registered as professional engineers (PEng).
“The majority of them have not qualified as professional engineers and are either carrying out engineering technologists’ jobs or have migrated to other vocations such as banking and finance,” he said.
Prof Dato Abang Abdullah said it was ironic that the engineering technologists profession was not recognised in the country.
At the same time, he said, engineering technicians were currently in “deadmen’s shoes” with no provision for professional development or recognition.
He said mSET was formed in 2008 to address this unfortunate situation and provide a platform for the professional development of all members of the engineering fraternity comprising engineers, engineering technologists and technicians with an emphasis on the strengthening of multi-disciplinary teams.
“Thanks to the effort of dedicated members, mSET has grown steadily both in terms of membership as well as activities to become a powerful organisation with an expressed intention to Nurture 21st Century Professionals.
“However, this is a mammoth task, as there are about 500,000 or half a million engineers, engineering technologists and technicians out there who need to be provided with facilities for professional development to enable them to qualify as professionals,” he added.
Meanwhile, MSET president Prof. Dato’ Dr Abdul Hakim Juri said the society was set up by academic staff of Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) and other technical institutes to provide a dedicated platform for engineering technologists.
“MSET focussed on the engineering technology profession, to ensure engineering technologists are effectively recognised as an important member of the engineering workforce in the country,” said the UniKL President and Chief Executive.
He said that it was decided that the two societies shall merge to become a stronger, all-encompassing entity catering to the entire multi-disciplinary and multi-level engineering fraternity, comprising of engineers, engineering technologists and technicians with architects, surveyors, IT and other allied professionals.
Datuk Haji Fadillah Haji Yusof said a parallel initiative is also being undertaken by the government through the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) to enable the registration of engineering technologists and technicians in addition to the effort by the existing Board of Engineers, Malaysia (BEM) which registers engineers.
He said the government had agreed to the formation of the Malaysian Board of Technologists (MBOT) to register engineering technologists and technicians in the country.
The Deputy Minister hoped that MySET will work closely with MBOT to further promote the development of the engineering technologists as well the technician profession in the country
“Engineering is the largest professional group in the country. MySET is always keen to engage with the government and relevant agencies in sharing expertise and providing feedback on a comprehensive range of engineering and technology issues in the country,” added Prof. Dato’ Abang Abdullah.